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Experts often estimate there is one rat for every person living in the United States. That's one of them for every one of us.
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Volume III, Issue 31
January 24 - January 31, 2000

News & Opinion

Creating a new board game is much more work than you might imagine. Just ask the four folks from Nashville who have come up with Inc., a game about running a business. Rats are not high on the cuddly-animal list, especially considering their history as disease carriers and their appetites for agricultural products. So we've got advice on handling a rat problem. Ask high school students what they think about the new millennium, and you're liable to get more complex answers than you would expect. Also, AIDS remains a big problem in Memphis, more than you wanted to know about penis enlargement, a lament on the apathetic times, and more.

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Film & TV

Publicists are circling over lists of attendees. Journalists and industryites are circling over lists of films that almost no one has been allowed to see in advance. It's time for the Sundance Film Festival! Richard Dindo's documentaries encircle a subject and express the complexity of truth in a variety of representational forms. Mike Leigh's "Topsy-Turvy" made several Top Ten lists for 1999. Also, reviews of the film version of Frank McCourt's memoir, "Angela's Ashes," Tim Robbins' new agitprop "The Cradle Will Rock," the fight flick "Play It to the Bone," and more.

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The Flaming Lips' "The Soft Bulletin" is a neo-psychedelic masterpiece, and guitarist Wayne Coyne discusses the album and other musical issues. There may be other bandleaders as prolific as Dave Douglas, but few are as focused. Phil Lee is starting to reap acclaim from fans of country-flavored rock with a lot of backbeat and cranked-up, chunky guitar riffs. Plus, a visit with three of rap's reigning kings, former Stray Cats bass player Lee Rocker, drummer Gerry Hemingway, and more.

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Arts & Leisure

The Ugly Mug
Israeli Food
Biblical Feast
Jewish Cooking in America
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Though he strains at poetry when straightforward prose would suffice, Robert Kaplan communicates enthusiasm for zero, the symbol and concept all too often taken for granted. "Interstate Dreams" is a comic thriller that rides the highway between Austin and Houston while skirting the bounds of the natural and the mystical. Exploitation movies have been ignored by most film historians, but Eric Schaefer has concocted what may become the definitive study of this industry. Plus, American poetry, the Dark Knight, and more.

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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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