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May 13, 2011

Shorties (Femi Kuti, Writers and Kitties, and more)

Femi Kuti talks to Pop & Hiss.

"People need to understand what 500 years of slavery did to Africa, what 50 years of colonialism did to Africa, what so many recent years of corrupt government has done to Africa," explains Kuti. "Young people, especially, need to understand this history in its context. They need to understand what people like Marcus Garvey, my father, my grandmother, people like this who sacrificed their time and their lives to fight for the emancipation of Africa."

Writers and Kitties, a blog that posts photos of authors with cats. [via]

The Kills visit World Cafe for a live performance and interview.

The Los Angeles Times examines the future of literary journalism.

Reverb lists the six best YouTube cover songs.

Author Iain M. Banks discusses writing science fiction in the Guardian.

The New York Press profiles singer-songwriter Jana Hunter.

White Fang is keeping a tour diary at Willamette Week.

The A.V. Club recommends entry points into the fiction of Harlan Ellison.

The Independent talks to authors about the sexual politics of storytelling in the 21st century.

Spectrum Culture interviews Of Montreal frontman Kevin Barnes.

The Washington Post recommends four books about reading and writing.

Vol. 1 Brooklyn interviews the band BELLSā‰„ about their reading habits.

And Vinyly will press your ashes into a vinyl recording.

Brute Heart visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

Surprising Science reviews the graphic novel The Manga Guide to Relativity.

Drowned in Sound interviews Blur guitarist Graham Coxon.

Monkey See reviews Chester Brown's new graphic novel memoir, Paying for It.

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Atomic Books Comics Preview (highlights of the week's new comics & graphic novels)
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Largehearted Word (highlights of the week's new books)
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
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