Afternoon Bites: What Scares Benjamin Percy, Gun Outfit’s Latest, Monica Drake, Ben Greenman’s Playlist, and More


Ben Greenman’s Book Notes playlist for The Slippage has a particular emphasis on songs about the suburbs.

“Gun Outfit’s connection to folk music is also clear; those albums’ radical bent came through on occasional anti-capitalist lyrical statements, like Sonic Youth covering Woody Guthrie.” Jenn Pelly on Gun Outfit’s Hard Coming Down.

Benjamin Percy on what he considers to be the scariest passage in all of literature.

That time Charles Mingus toilet-trained his cat.

“My belief is that if we put up an arbitrary wall between books like The Russia House and books that are more traditionally thought of as literary fiction, we do so to our detriment.” Emily St. John Mandel on John Le Carré’s A Delicate Truth.

Sarah Bennett explains why you should watch the Canadian television show Slings and Arrows.

HTML Giant on Monica Drake’s The Stud Book.

Warren Ellis gets book recommendations from Ben Hammersly, Professor Elemental, and Stoya.

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