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The historical fiction novel Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton is a fascinating look into Cuba before and after Castro comes into power. The novel is told in split timelines with stories about two women in Cuba: one facing a revolution that would tear apart everything she knows, another facing a Cuba she has only heard about in family stories.
Ilze Hugo’s debut novel Down Days was written before the Covid-19 pandemic swept the globe, so the eerie similarities between her fictional version of Cape Town, South Africa and the real world today seem prophetic. Readers are introduced to Sick City ( formerly known as Cape Town ) 7 years after a pandemic has affected the entire world.
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Though their promotional photos paint them as a house band for a Suzanne Somers workout video, Lawrence's Thighmaster brand of catchy, surf-tinged garage rock strips away the kitsch and establishes them as one of the region's bands to watch. Their debut--Between the Knees and Squeeze--was released earlier this year on High Dive Records, and we spoke to the group about their formation, their unique sound, and their idiosyncratic taste in neon workout attire.
*How did the group come together?
Jennifer (Drums): I think the group came together because Jake knows a lot of people who know
JD Daniel (they/he) is a composer, singer, writer and queer activist whose music has roots in everything from contemporary choral and vocal music to electronica and video-game music. Since they started composing at age 14, Daniel has earned a musicology-focused B.A. in Oxbridge Music and Philosophy from William Jewell College, where he was a Choral Scholar, touring internationally and recording multiple albums. In this interview we explore Daniel's creative process, his musical background, influences and book, music and movie recommendations.
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