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M.I.A.: Maya

Pete Paphides, The Times, 10 July 2010

"I WANT TO be an outsider," she said, eating a truffle-flavoured French fry. A feature in the New York Times on the Sri Lankan-born, London-raised hip-hop provocatrice M.I.A. ran to several thousand words — but for the basic gist, that single observation was all you needed to know.

Total word count of piece: 335

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