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July 20, 2004


Author ZZ Packer talks to Suicide Girls about her book of short stories, Drinking Coffee Elsewhere, her forthcoming novel and growing up in Kentucky, "For me I had a tough time growing up in Kentucky and on the other hand it was good for me. But Iím not here to spread propaganda about the state of Kentucky. Itís not to say that I have a problem with everyone in Kentucky because I donít know them all."

USA Today says the Hives "break out the retro punk," in reviewing Tyrannosaurus Hives.

Make your own iPod speakers with headphones, Altoid tins and two playing cards.

The Washington Post's Jonathan Yardley reconsiders Houseguest, by John Cheever.
The Mercury music prize shortlist has been named, here with current odds by William Hill:
Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand 3-1
The Streets - A Grand Don't Come For Free 3-1
Keane - Hopes and Fears 6-1
Snow Patrol - Final Straw 6-1
Amy Winehouse - Frank 6-1
Basement Jaxx - Kish Kash 10-1
Jamelia - Thank You 10-1
Joss Stone - The Soul Sessions 10-1
Belle & Sebastian - Dear Catastrophe Waitress 12-1
Ty - Upwards 12-1
Robert Wyatt - Cuckooland 12-1
The Zutons - Who Killed ... The Zutons 12-1

It's official: Andre 3000 of Outkast is the world's sexiest vegetarian.

Ellen Goodman presents us with a midsummer reading list.

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