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.
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.
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:
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 featured at all. You have th...
Welcome to February's Now Playing — a preview of this month's contributors, what they've been playing lately, and why:
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, which I’d been putting off bec...
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:
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 ten or eleven, and pretende...
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:
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 Paraiso that first got me ho...
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:
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. Just blew through The Gold...
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:
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 think. But that isn’t what t...
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:
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 decides to offer me, but if...