Volume I, Issue 32
January 12 - January 20, 1998

What's New?
In observance of the Martin Luther King holiday, the upcoming Weekly Wire will be one day late. Expect it on the evening of Tuesday, January 20.

Film Vault
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Weekly Wire Xtra
Stand-alone sites for your browsing pleasure: Behind the scenes at Bruce Babbitt's "Department of Ulterior"; A tribute to blues guitarist Rainer Ptácek; Comics from some great unknown cartoonists; Why National Public Radio and political poetry don't mix; and Weekly Wire staff picks from the first 10 issues.

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News & Opinion
A Million Woman March? When did that happen? And what did it accomplish? Also: With so few doctors willing to make house calls, will ailing Internet users be able to access medical services by making Mouse Calls? In the Extremely Stressful Jobs Department: what kind of a man becomes a bouncer for Jerry Springer? Why do so many letter carriers "go postal"? And what sorts of action will it take to put an end to the KKK? [9 articles]

Film & TV
Still more "Best of" articles dissect 1997's finest cinematic moments, as well as listing all the year's offerings so you can dissect them yourself. Speaking of dissecting, that's exactly what this author does to Woody Allen's last several pictures; this author, meanwhile, just tears him and his Lolita complex apart. Elsewhere, Michael Winterbottom does not one but two interviews about his new film "Welcome to Sarajevo," and reviewers give the low-down on "The Boxer," "Oscar & Lucinda," and "Good Will Hunting." [20 articles]

What's the difference between a DJ and an MC? The answer lies in a zippy new word called "turntabling." Plus: A writer looks back at the year in retro, another looks back at the history of jazz covers, and still more writers chime in with their Top 10 album lists. Meanwhile, a number of profiles and reviews tell the stories of Run-D.M.C., Joy Division, Trisha Yearwood, Ry Cooder, Dusty Springfield, the recycling antics of Ben Folds Five, and more! [16 articles]

Arts & Leisure
Feeling elite? Not to worry: you're not the only one. What ever happened to quality in Art, anyway? In other questions, how well did last year's psychics do with their predictions for 1997? What's up with the coming apocalypse? Why is "The Phantom of the Opera" such an entertaining spectacle? And what's the latest trend in architectural mobile homes? Plus: The war of the gaming companies -- Microsoft has nothing on these guys. [8 articles]

You think Best of 1997 articles were dreary and repetitive? Think again! This look back at the year's finest reading is a reading joy in and of itself. Plus: "The Deep Green Sea" relocates Electra to Vietnam; the stories never stop coming in "Stars Screaming"; Clive Cussler's "Flood Tide" proves more addictive than Pringles; "Watch It Made in the U.S.A." takes a tour of the industrial state; and "Hong Kong Babylon" gets to the heart of Chinese filmmaking. [9 articles]

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, Eye of the Beholder, K. Rat, Random Shots, and La Cucaracha. [7 comics]

All the contributors to Weekly Wire, along with other AAN (Association of Alternative Newsweeklies) publications, can be read from this one easily accessible spot. Strongly recommended for bookmarking. [107 newspapers]

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