The New York Times has an excerpt from Ben Ratliff’s new book, focusing on music and sadness.

The National Book Critics Circle Award finalists have been announced.

Gabino Iglesias on Fiston Mwanza Mujila’s Tram 83.

Some poetry from Natalie Eilbert, perhaps?

The Brooklyn Rail has a review of Noy Holland’s Bird.

At PEN: recommended books from Fatimah Asghar.

Mark Richardson reviewed an Albert Ayler live album.

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