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Voice of Conscience

Voice of Conscience
Remembering Curtis Mayfield--songwriter, instrumentalist, innovator, and man of conscience.
Ron Wynn


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Volume III, Issue 29
January 10 - January 17, 2000



News & Opinion

The fight for open access -- requiring cable companies to sell access to high-speed lines to Internet service providers -- promises to emerge as one of the most important public-policy battles of 2000. The upcoming campaign for president is going to be ugly, with all candidates preparing hit packages on their opponents. What to make of a century that brought us both Auschwitz and Fred & Ginger? The Austin Chronicle's Michael Venture ponders those and other questions as we leave behind the 1900s. Plus, one family's response to ALS, the loop of life, an eclectic list of inventions, and more.

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Film & TV

Wrapping up the Weekly Wire celebration of 1999 movies, reviewers at the Nashville Scene and the Alibi have filed their "best of the year" reports. P.T. Anderson's newest is "Magnolia." "Too long," says one of our reviewers. Another calls it "a fractured, magnanimous, operatic folly." Our third points to "some incredible performances," while the final review mentions "a stunning display of directorial chops." Plus, an interview with filmmaker Neil Jordan, reviews of "Snow Falling on Cedars," "The Cider House Rules," and much more.

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Music

What does a young culture torn by racial and sexual tension put up to rival the sculpture of Michelangelo? Duke Ellington, that's what. Curtis Mayfield was one of those artists who helped define social agendas, and writers from Nashville and Boston have filed appreciations of the late artist's life and work. Magic of some sort has clearly been at work in the life of Shania Twain, who has become one of the most successful female artists of all time. Plus, sitting in at the Grammy nomination announcements, the soundtrack for "The Sopranos," and more.

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Arts & Leisure

Top 10 Y2K Top 10 Lists
Winter Squash
The 1999 Year in Sports
Off His Rocker
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Books

How could a poorly educated, anti-intellectual, transparently deranged Austrian become Germany's dictator? "Hitler's Niece" provides some factual clues amongst its speculations. In elaborate photo collages "20th-Century Dreams" offers famous doing what you wouldn't expect. A number of major American poets published new collections last year, and their books will be welcome gifts. Also, a new collection of Audubon writing and illustration, an account of past-lives investigation, and more.

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Comics

Come down from your Staggering Heights and get to the Red Meat of the matter with this swell set of cartoons that also includes Mueller, K. Rat and Random Shots.

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