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Volume II, Issue 31
January 25 - February 1, 1999

News & Opinion

As Salt Lake City slouches into the Olympic loser's circle, "Power Play" examines the lack of public accountability that enabled the bribery scandal to dash for the finish line. "Hot Air" says good riddance already to Michael Jordan, plus new takes on John Dillinger and Cold War villain Alger Hiss.

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Film & TV

Hey kids, it's time again for The Sundance Film Festival--and a stargazer's guide to who will be hanging with Redford. Is "The Thin Red Line" a masterpiece or an uneven effort by an overhyped director? Four opinions await inside. Sean Connery discusses taking a break in the action to enjoy romance. Plus, "Dilbert" draws laughs for UPN, and a fed-up viewer proposes a TV graveyard for 15 cable channels

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Will the Grammy Awards once again favor style--and sales--over substance? "Grammy's Home" offers some telling clues. And it turns out that Scandinavian cock rockers might be more in tune with the American political zeitgeist than many home-grown acts. Plus, Vic Chesnutt's fictional woes, and rock survivors Sylvain Sylvain (New York Dolls) and Stephen Perkins (Jane's Addiction).

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Arts & Leisure

Battling for Laughs
Feminist Speaks Out
Perfect Philly Cheese Steak
Tastes Like Chicken
and more...

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"Roots of the Rich" examines a new book about snobbery in America's black upper class, while "Satan Says" looks at the tale of a white bluesman looking to fit in with his African-American brethren. Plus, genre writers attempt new tricks in "Readings From the Fringe" and a Coen brother tries his hand at short stories in "Coen Canon."

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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 Mueller, Eye of the Beholder, K. Rat and Random Shots.

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