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Album: Tyler the Creator, Goblin (XL)

As commercial American hip-hop sits in seemingly terminal stagnation, people turn to the underground, and LA collective Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them are darlings of the cognoscenti.

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Harriet answers your questions here

Health and wellbeing expert Harriet Griffey answers your questions

Susannah Frankel: Appearance anxiety before ready-to-wear shows is like the sleepless nights at the start of a new school term

A pre-collections trip to Bond Street is part of every self-respecting British fashion editor's agenda. However much we may already have in our wardrobes, the (debatably ridiculous) anxiety surrounding our own appearance on the eve of the twice-yearly women's ready-to-wear shows is comparable to the sleepless nights of yesteryear at the start of a new school term. And so I find myself in Prada and Jil Sander and witnessing first-hand the veritable explosion of colour, six months after it was first shown on the catwalk, and a dazzling reality by now. (Consider these edited highlights. I won't bore you with peripheral hosiery shopping, for example, here.)

Natalie Haynes: You're asking me if I'm happy? What kind of a question is that?

How do you feel about the forthcoming census? Is it a) Hooray. I love genealogy, and my descendants are going to be pretty interested in this; b) Put on the foil hats, Ma – they're trying to read our minds again; c) It takes how long to fill in? Forty minutes? Then someone had best get me a pencil and two gins, or we're just not going to get through this; or d) Can't we just pretend to be out?

Boyle, By Michael Hunter

Though his discoveries have been overshadowed by his younger contemporary Isaac Newton, this lucid and absorbing life reminds us that Robert Boyle "stands at the roots of British empiricism".

Report highlights struggle of disabled people

Many disabled people in Britain are living socially isolated, cash-strapped lives and struggle to participate in normal activities, a new report indicated today.

Generation A, By Douglas Coupland

In a nod to his 1991 novel Generation X, Douglas Coupland's latest work is set in a near future where bees have become extinct and the population is addicted to Solon, a drug that minimises anxiety about the future and "mimics the solitude one feels when reading a good book."

The Early Diaries, By Simon Gray

Well done, Faber, on packaging together An Unnatural Pursuit and How's That For Telling 'Em, Fat Lady, both funnier and more addictive than Gray's later diaries.

Dave Hadfield: Did Castleford do enough to stop homophobic chanting?

Castleford were stunned this week by the severity of their punishment for the homophobic chanting directed at Gareth Thomas when they played Crusaders in March.

Son sues his mother for father's attacks

A son is suing his mother over her alleged failure to protect him from his father's beatings.

V - Alien visitors speak with forked tongue

A remake of the Eighties cult classic, V, taps into a growing unease in US society and has been interpreted as a barbed commentary on Barack Obama. Sarah Hughes recommends this clever sci-fi reboot

Acupuncture 'can ease fear of dentists'

People who are terrified of the dentist could be helped by acupuncture, research published today suggests.

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