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April 7, 2011

Shorties (Stone Roses Reunion, Authors and Their Dogs, and more)

NME reports that the Stone Roses are reuniting.

New York Social Diary shares photographs of authors with their dogs. (via)

The Huffington Post interviews Avi Buffalo about road food.

KCRW's Bookworm interviews Michelle Latiolais about her new short story collection, Widow.

Pop & Hiss profiles Hunx and His Punx.

With a visual aesthetic that combines the red-lit, black-leather vibe of the 1980 movie "Cruising" with the splashy gonzo fashion sense of a John Waters cast, Hunx and his Punx hardly fit into the aggressive, no-frills mold of most garage-rock bands. But when the act, fronted by the strutting, flamboyantly gay Hunx, burst upon the underground garage scene in 2008, there was no doubt that something new was afoot -- even if it was steeped in the influence of '60s girl groups like the Ronettes, the giddy bubblegum pop of bands such as the 1910 Fruitgum Company and the lurid sass of punk rock.

NPR lists three novels about feuds filled with bad blood and vitriol.

The Independent Weekly profiles the Mountain Goats.

Hyperliterate and unafraid to examine the darkest corners of the world, Darnielle pens songs that offer what literary critic Edmund Wilson once called "the shock of recognition." That is, these are the songs that suggest you're never alone, even when the world seems to be collapsing.

Tablet reviews Sempre Susan, Sigrid Nunez's memoir of Susan Sontag.

The Guardian profiles singer-songwriter Jesca Hoop.

Her 2009 album, Hunting My Dress, was widely adored by critics and other musicians – including Guy Garvey of Elbow – but didn't seem to fit anywhere, except alongside the work of other musical misfits such as Kate Bush, Bjork or Joanna Newsom. Yet this unlikely weaving of hip-hop, Native American rhythms and birdsong was Hoop's idea of pop. "Left to my own devices, without any external influence, the songs would be really weird," she says. "The world of eccentricity in me isn't satisfied by a plain-told story."

All Things Considered discusses and excerpts from Manning Marable's new book, Malcolm X: A Life Of Reinvention.

Paste lists the best songs of 2011 (so far).

NPR reviews and excerpts from Meg Wolitzer's new novel The Uncoupling.

The Guardian's Children's Books blog reports that author-illustrator Maurice Sendak will publish his first new book in 30 years this September.

Flavorwire lists its 20 favorite last lines in literature.

Drowned in Sound interviews Killing Joke's Jaz Coleman.

comicbook GRRL has started a new series, Women in Comics.

DropTunes is a web-based music player for mp3s stored at Dropbox.

Singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

BookHugger shares Kazuo Ihiguro's introduction to the screenplay of the film adaptation of his novel, Never Let Me Go.

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