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GNOMON GNOM BY NICK HARKAWAY

One of the clear­est threads in Nick Harkaway’s sprawl­ing, spraw sur­veil­lance-so­ci­ety novel fol­lows a disedis­em­bod­ied so­ciopath who falls back­ward in tim­time to com­mit four as­sas­si­na­tions. If that seems seem more in­trigu­ing than in­tim­i­dat­ing, then this para­noid puz­zle of a mys­tery is for you. you Best known for his philo­soph­i­cally deep neo-pulp neo ad­ven­tures, when writ­ing Gnomon, Harkaway Ha asked a com­pli­cated ques­tion – in a sys­tem that knows ev­ery­thing about you, y can you pos­si­bly be free? – and in­cluded i a lit­tle bit of ev­ery­thing: “I briefly knew k about the his­tory of cryp­tog­ra­phy, the life Haile Se­lassie, the lan­guage of flow­ers, the habits of late Ro­man syn­cretism,” he says of his process. “I wasn’t just writ­ing a book, I was re­mak­ing my­self in or­der to do so.”

ASH BY IBEYI

Twin sis­ters Naomi Diaz and Lisa-Kaindé Diaz were born in Paris, raised in Ha­vana, and lead a band with a Yoruba name (it means “twins” in the West African lan­guage) that sounds like it’s half­way be­tween a smoky jazz club circa 1935 and a ware­house rave circa 2005. Their new al­bum serves as a spir­i­tual jour­ney around the world and across dif­fer­ent eras. On the in­spi­ra­tional sin­gle “Death­less,” a drum ma­chine builds a beat in con­cert with batá hand drums as the sis­ters sing lay­ers of haunt­ing har­monies punc­tu­ated by the fiery sax­o­phone of Ka­masi Wash­ing­ton.

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