Now Playing: Part 21

Our June issue is coming fresh out of the oven to you so soon, which means it's time for Now Playing! Here's a sneak peek of a few of our June contributors, as they discuss what they've been enjoying lately and how it feels. Ashley Burnett I'm 2000 and late to everything, so I just finally finished reading Less by Andrew Sean Greer (those library waitlists are no joke). I burst into happy tears at the end, which has to be a first for me. Read it and weep with me. Mátyás Dunaj

Now Playing: Special Collaboration Edition

Our collaborative folio with Indiana Review is no ordinary issue, and so this month's Now Playing is no ordinary feature. We asked our contributors to talk about their favorite collaborations, musical and otherwise, and the stories folded within: Kenneth Lee The saxophone and bass sample from Tom Scott’s cover of “Today” wins you over immediately. It’s the driving force of the track!! And when Jefferson Airplane first performed the original “Today,” there wasn’t a saxophone f

Now Playing: Part 19

Welcome to February's Now Playing — a preview of this month's contributors, what they've been playing lately, and why: Erin Slaughter I’m drastically under-exposed when it comes to film. Basically, 85% of the movies people talk about, contemporary or classic, I haven’t watched, and many I haven’t even heard of. I’ve been trying to rectify this lately by switching out my 5+ year routine of rewatching The Office with watching more movies. The last one I saw was The Lobster, whi

Now Playing, Part 18

Our first issue of the year is just hours away, and you know what that means. A few of our January contributors share what they've been listening to, how it feels, and what it means: Kat Moore The last thing I listened to was the Pretty in Pink soundtrack. My husband got it for me as a Christmas gift. It has the three main characters on the front cover, and the vinyl is pink and shiny. It’s perfect. I used to listen to this soundtrack all those years ago in my bedroom. I was

Now Playing, Part 17

November 15 is just around the corner, and with it comes the launch of our November issue. You know what that means -- it's time for Now Playing. Our November contributors give you a sneak peek into what they've been watching, listening to, and experiencing, and what it might all mean: Helen McClory As I write this, I'm listening to Haruomi Hosono's 1978 Pacific. I got swept into listening to his work thanks to Youtube algorithms and was immediately hooked. It was his album P

Now Playing, part 16

We have a cure for your Monday coming on the 15th -- our October issue will be charging out in the world! And to get you ready, here's a sneak peek at two of our contributors and what they've been playing lately: Marvin Shackelford I'm in the middle of losing a week to Assassin's Creed Odyssey -- big and pretty but not as stunning or fun as Origins -- and I've been listening to Meat Puppets -- II -- and Don Cabellero -- 2 -- and Mastodon -- Remission -- CDs in the car lately.

Now Playing, Part 14

Our August issue is just about ready into your life, and you know what that means: it's time to check in with our contributors and hear about what they've been listening to, watching, and playing. Mark Galarrita I’ve been listening to "You Can’t Hurry Love" by The Supremes and other Motown classics because of my partner, I miss her. Natanya Ann Pulley New York Dolls, self-titled album (lately, again, always, predictably so). And the repeating trailers or montage for every Net

Now Playing, Part 12

Happy anniversary to Now Playing! It's been a great year learning more about the art that influences our writers, and this month is no exception. Our May issue drops tomorrow, so enjoy a sneak peek of this month's contributors and what they've been playing: C.C. Russell I have been watching Legion (FX) lately and I really dig it. It’s creepy and atmospheric and harkens back to my childhood love of the X-men comics without clinging to the superheroic aspects. And it makes me t

Now Playing, Part 11

Our April issue goes live tomorrow. We can't wait for you to dive into the wonderful work we have in store for you. For now, here's a preview of April's contributors and what they've been playing: Hanna Rosenheimer I’ve been listening to That Time of the Month by Harley Poe on loop since a friend recommended it to me. It’s the shouty werewolf love song I didn’t know I was looking for. I listen to all kinds of things passively; it's rare that I bother to skip anything Spotify

Now Playing, Part 10

Our February issue drops tomorrow! To get you excited, here's a little preview of some of the fantastic writers we'll be featuring and what's been moving them lately: Josh Jones One thing that has made my commute far more pleasurable, or at least bearable, is the discovery of podcasts. I alternate between non-fiction (This American Life, Freakonomics, Hidden Brain) and fiction/poetry (Selected Shorts, The Writer's Voice, The Paris Review). Most recently, I've discovered Mr. B

Now Playing, Part 8

Our last issue of 2017 drops tomorrow, December 15! It's been such an exciting year at Split Lip, and we're thrilled to give you a little preview how we'll be wrapping it up. Here, a few of December's contributors share what they've been playing: Katie Welch Played, on my hundred-year-old upright piano, the solo arrangements for Vince Guaraldi's A Charlie Brown Christmas. I bought the sheet music about two decades ago, and I get out the increasingly yellow, dog-eared pages ev

Now Playing, Part 7

Our November issue will make its debut to the world tomorrow (11/15). Now Playing offers a sneak peek at the issue's contributors, what they're playing, and how it makes them feel: Caleb Michael Sarvis I’ve been watching NBC’s The Good Place. My wife and I binged the first season on Netflix and now watch it every weekend when a new episode is up on Hulu. We’re big fans of Michael Schur (The Office, Parks and Recreation, Brooklyn Nine-Nine), and this has not let us down. It no

Now Playing, Part 6

Can't wait for our October issue? Neither can we! To tide you over, October's contributors offer some beautiful words about what they've been playing, listening to, and witnessing in the world: Laton Carter This weekend I listened to the birds that come to the feeders in our backyard — a mixture of finches, chickadees, juncos, and nuthatches. There was a frantic energy about them as they filled their bellies in preparation for colder weather. The testy finches beat their wing

Now Playing, Part 5

Our September issue launches tomorrow. Get ready by checking in with a few of our contributors, what they've been playing, and how it makes them feel: Robert James Russell So, when I’m working on a new project, I often pluck songs randomly out of the ether—yet, to me, they inhabit this new project, act as a soundtrack—and then listen to them in perpetuity. Like, legit, on repeat, nonstop. (My wife is mostly used to it now. But, still, I’m sure it has to be horribly annoying f

Now Playing, Part 4

Our August issue goes live tomorrow (8/15). Now Playing gives a sneak peek at the issue's contributors, what they're playing, and what it means. Jack Garrett I listened to a BBC podcast about Arthur Russell, a musician and composer who died in New York in 1992, broke and mostly unknown. He lived in an East Village walkup with electricity provided by an extension cord running from Allen Ginsberg’s apartment. Nights he wandered the streets till dawn, pockets full of scraps of p

Now Playing, Part 3

Welcome to the July edition of Now Playing. While you're waiting for the issue to go live on the 15th, get to know this month's contributors, what they've been playing, and how it makes them feel. Kathryn McMahon For the last eleven years I’ve been living in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam. Millions of motorbikes weave past each other and my apartment every day. For the most part, I love it. But all that traffic noise and I crave silence. Couple that with being a pre-K tea

Now Playing, Part 2

Welcome back to Now Playing, where we ask our contributors about the last thing they played, watched, listened to, consumed. Each response is a story in itself -- a window in. Ryan Clark - "I. [eye]" I've been running errands driving my uncle’s car while house sitting for him and his family, listening to Disc 2 of Pavement’s Wowee Zowee (Sordid Sentinels Edition). Highlights include “Sensitive Euro Man,” the 8:11 min. version of “Fight This Generation” (with its telepho

Now Playing, Part 1

Each month, we'll ask our contributors what's the last thing they played, watched, listened to, consumed. And in each of their responses, there's a story. The paths that might take, what they leave to the imagination -- well, that's up to each writer. Dylan Brie Ducey - "The Dare" Well, I stopped for coffee on my way to work, and "Isn't She Lovely" was playing in the café. Which, you know, made me wish I had "Songs In The Key Of Life" in my old car (which has a cd player). An