12 Songs for Your Pumpkin Spice Latte

As the leaves turn and the weather shifts from sauna-esque to dry and frosty, I notice my listening habits shift away from the loud and expansive. When the air crisps, I end up listening to a lot of chamber-piecey things, acoustic and downbeat—what my wife calls, tongue and cheek, my “orphan music.” Here are 12 songs to help you sip your pumpkin spice latte.

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Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize is a Wake-Up Call for Literature

I say this as somebody who just had his first book published this year and who still loves books even as I recognize their shrinking relavance to people’s lives: The Nobel Prize does not owe anything to book sales or the book industry. The book industry owes it to itself to figure out the problem of diminished readership and its own existential relavance.

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Singing Saw by Kevin Morby: Album Review

When you name your album after a quirky lumberjack instrument, it had better appear, and fast. Kevin Morby’s vibrant new album (his third), Singing Saw, begins with the trilling appearance of a singing saw. Nobody wants to be a singing-saw tease; show the saw, use the saw.

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The AR Reading List

An ongoing assortment of books by contributors, staff, and books we've featured in reviews.