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The National, Pixies, and Disclosure also confirmed for Barcelona festival

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Al Dente, By David Winner

The handful of recipes in this intriguing curiosity about "madness, beauty and the food of Rome" includes "a charming description of Vineyard Snails" from 1930 and a seminal recipe for tomato sauce from 1891, but the strangest takes the form of an eight-page interview. "Other ingredients are absolutely not allowed, so we have to take maximum care that it's only flour and water," says David Winner's informant, before explaining the subsequent stages – mixing, pressing, baking, humidification and wrapping – of the process. "We pay a lot of attention to every detail because we know what the wafer will become."

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Photography: Interrogations, By Donald Weber

"The unseen subject of these photographs is power," writes the man who took them, Donald Weber

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Kristin Hersh, Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh

"So many memories," reflects Kristin Hersh, leafing through a copy of Paradoxical Undressing, her 2010 memoir, which has formed the basis of this show of the same name both before and after its publication. It's proven a rich vein so far, with her return to Edinburgh yielding two Book Festival appearances – one spoken, one performing – and two more typical gigs such as this at the Edge music festival. These latter events are more Hersh's regular style, rock venue gigs which merge solo song and electric guitar with unconnected spoken word excerpts from the book.

Trent Reznor urges fans not to buy Nine Inch Nails reissue

Trent Reznor has urged fans not to buy the new Nine Inch Nails release.

Video: Syrian troops unearth mass grave

Troops involved in a crackdown in Jisr al-Shughour say they have found the graves of ten troops killed by anti-government protestors.

Detained poet 'beaten across the face with electric cable'

Bahraini security forces accused of torturing pro-democracy activist

All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace, BBC2, Monday<br/>Four Rooms, Channel Four, Tuesday

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Who's your Dada? Art project seeks couple for name game

A Swiss artistic duo is seeking a Russian couple expecting a baby this autumn to offer an unusual proposition: call your baby "Dada" and we'll give you $10,000 (£6,000).

Arrests and gunfire reported in Syrian crackdown

Residents of the southern Syrian city of Daraa braved sniper fire today to pull the bullet-riddled bodies of the dead from the streets and hide them from security forces, a day after a brutal government crackdown on the popular revolt against President Bashar Assad, witnesses said.

Micky Flanagan: The Out Out Tour, Hammersmith Apollo, London

There's good reason for the extra spring in the step of Micky Flanagan's signature Cockney walk this evening. After nearly 15 years in comedy, and jobs before that which have included fish-packer and dishwasher, the Bethnal Green-bred 46-year-old was strutting out on to the stage of a venue that seats over 3,500 people and is synonymous with career ascendancy.

A century of blasting and blessing: The history of hectoring

For the past 100 years, artists and writers have launched manifestos to sell new ideas and kill the old. Did they change the world, or make a noise? Alex Danchev looks at the history of hectoring
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