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The Best of Just Press Play

To finish out our playlist series, we leave you with “The Best of Just Press Play”: a compilation of our authors’ favorite tracks to comfort you this summer. More

Chigozie Obioma

Just Press Play with Chigozie Obioma

Booker Prize Finalist Chigozie Obioma shares a playlist of songs that he writes to, is inspired by his travels, and offers moments of reflection. More

Bela Shayevich

Just Press Play with Bela Shayevich

Visual artist and writer Bela Shayevich, best known for translating Svetlana Alexievich’s Secondhand Time, provides a darkwave playlist with happy vibes. More

Roya Marsh

Just Press Play with Roya Marsh

Poet, performer, educator, and activist Roya Marsh, author of a new poetry collection, dayliGht, curates a playlist that allows her—and hopefully, you, too—to feel all kinds of things. More

Natalie Diaz

Just Press Play with Natalie Diaz

2018 MacArthur Foundation Fellow Natalie Diaz, author of the poetry collections When My Brother Was an Aztec and most recently, Postcolonial Love Poem, shares a playlist inviting us into her… More

Hari Kunzru

Just Press Play with Hari Kunzru

Hari Kunzru, 2018 PEN/Jean Stein Book Award finalist for his novel, White Tears, shares a playlist to facilitate meditative writing. More

Emily Raboteau

Just Press Play with Emily Raboteau

Novelist and essayist Emily Raboteau powers you through the week with a playlist ranging from Sam Cooke to Bob Marley and The Wailers. More

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