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There wasn't a value cherished by the American public or a personage of stature in our national life that didn't come under fire in Preston Sturges movies.
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Volume III, Issue 30
January 17 - January 24, 2000

News & Opinion

Is the media missing the real guts of the recent flap over John McCain's letters to the FCC: a conflict between public interest and commercial interests? Bill Bradley's hopes lie in convincing voters that he's come to rescue the American people from a corrupt and malignant political establishment. George Bush's New Hampsire strategy is simple: conservatives hate McCain more than they hate him. Also, the future of the American West, some predictions for this year and beyond, the beauty of round numbers, and more.

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Film & TV

To the generations who think of American society during World War II as squeaky-clean, the movies of Preston Sturges are a revelation, showing us cynicism, greed, deceit, and obsession with sex. Norman Jewison's latest film, "The Hurricane," is getting mixed reaction from our reviewers in Tucson, Albuquerque, and Austin. What makes Fox's new sitcom "Malcolm in the Middle" such an appealing prospect is the frightening level to which its goofball reality mirrors our own twisted childhoods. Plus, a review of "Girl, Interrupted" and an interview with one of its stars, Angelina Jolie, the new year on television, and more.

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Whatever we think of Fidel Castro's Cuba, the Buena Vista Social Club recordings show that politics, aesthetics, and, "the human condition" are inextricably bound. A new collection of Louis Armstrong's selected essays and letters contains a memorable first-person black commentary on Jewish influence on black arts. Upstart indie label Jade Tree puts out records because it believes in the bands. Also, heavenly compilations from a German label, Tucson's own Wise Folk Malcontent, and more.

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Arts & Leisure

Soldier of Fortune
Winter Beers to Savor
Salad Days
and more...

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Economics is the "dismal science," and there are as many ways of explaining the ups and downs of economies as there are people to write books about those ways. A critical biography of Carl Sagan explores the duality of the scientist's personality and its effects on his career and personal life. The reissue of a 19th-century work which combines a cat's autobiography with the story of a choir master offers a new generation an opportunity to enjoy this biting but affectionate parody and mystery story. Plus, Larry McMurtry's new novel, and more.

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

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