Lana Del Rey released a 30-minute soft-focus short film called Tropico today. Here it is. I got to the part where she recites "Howl"; if you make it through the entire thing, please report back with highlights. (NSFW.) [Vevo]
I read the ones by men instead, until I was like, “I cannot read another passage about masturbation. I can’t.” It was like a pile of Kleenex. I read Portnoy’s Complaint. I read Jonathan Lethem’s Fortress of Solitude, when it came out. I read, I don’t even remember — but I read like five male coming-of-age novels that had intense, long passages about masturbation. These books taught me a lot about what it must be like to be a young man, and gave me some terrible ideas about the kind of woman I didn’t want to be, in order to not be thought dull or needy by the intelligent, masturbating young men I liked, but they did not help me understand my life. Except for The Bell Jar I didn’t have a book that gave me an archetype, of a young, educated, sexually curious, neurotic but adventurous heterosexual female who was not trying to overcome sexual trauma.
The Cut published an excerpt from No Regrets, a collection of conversations between women edited by Dayna Tortorici, who calls the book "a book of women talking about the processes of becoming themselves." The excellent "pile of Kleenex" line and the ensuing thoughts above are from the writer Emily Witt; read the rest here.
Probably at some point in the next few months or years, 21-year-old British soul singer Sam Smith will stop releasing new music, and we will stop posting it here, but for now we're still getting lots of wonderful singles from the guy, so here we are. "Money On My Mind" is being billed as Smith's first official single, but there's lots more to catch up on here. (Elsewhere, Katy Perry and John Mayer have album art for the duet you didn't know they were releasing together.) [Stereogum]
This is a lovely video that brings to life the NC State dialect map project we talked about a few months back. I've only lived in New York three years and the other day I caught myself asking a man in a bodega if he was "on line"; for a few seconds after the incident I experienced something like a brief existential crisis. (Also, apparently in some places in the South a "sunshower" is referred to as "the Devil is beating his wife," may this not catch on.) [via]
"Spotless" is a Ryan Hemsworth-produced track off of Druture's Out of Towner Vol. 1, a Chicago-based mixtape, featuring verses from Sasha Go Hard and Tink and a hook from Kitty (née Kitty Pryde). It's got a dark, looming beat and Kitty's light whisper breaks up two standout tracks from Sasha and Tink. (Tink, by the way, is consistently great. Her own mixtapes are here.) I'll be doing Lorde moves to this for a few hours at least. [The Fader]
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