Friday Feast: Frank Ocean, Harper Lee, and the Reclusive Artist; Stranger Things Characterization Lessons; Jumping the Line vs. Waiting; Why One Trans Woman Writes; and Carrie Brownstein’s Reading List

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My writing process involves marinating on a topic for a while. One way I do that is through music. The musician I listened to most during a period of revision angst and relationship turmoil was Frank Ocean. I put Channel Orange on repeat while on walks to work and to my writing class. His music accompanied me on buses to New Hampshire and New York. On planes to Arkansas, Mississippi, Mexico. Channel Orange came along at a time when I most needed it, for both my novel and my rocky-at-the-time life.

The reclusive artist, along with Harper Lee, leads off this week’s music-filled Friday Feast. Read on.

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