Volume I, Issue 34
January 26 - February 2, 1998

Film Vault
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Red Meat
The most tasteless and twisted comic strip in the world. Featuring the Red Meat Archive, Reader Favorite Archive, and the Meat Conference Forum!


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
There's more than one way to fight The Man. Just ask the people at ®™ark, a top-secret organization that pays ordinary folks big money to sabotage the products of their corporate employers. Plus: Why did the anti-Klanners get tear-gassed at a recent KKK rally in Memphis? How do the authorities justify what happened? And shouldn't KKK have to pay for the expenses? Also: A look at the continuing difficulties of homosexuality in the workplace, Iraqi medical care, and feminist ideals. [13 articles]





Film & TV
As always, reviews galore: Jean Luc Godard's "Contempt," "Spice World," "Kundun," "Hard Rain," "The Sweet Hereafter," "The Boxer," "Happy Together," "Love Serenade," and even the last trickle of "Titanic" and "Deconstructing Harry" reviews. Better yet: An interview with the Spice Girls, an homage to the raw filmmaking talents of director John Cassavetes, a tribute to art-house movie theater owners, and a terrific preview of all the off-season crud Hollywood will be sending our way for the next couple months. [22 articles]





Music
A respectful look back at the long, influential life of the late Carl Perkins reveals there was a lot more to the rockabilly crooner than "Blue Suede Shoes" and teaching Elvis to dance. Plus: The 73-year-old Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown explains why he's given up on traditional blues in favor of experimenting with big-band arrangements; Mary Lou Lord relates what it's like to go from singing in a subway to flying in a jet with Jimmy Buffett; and Nashville Pussy revels in bringing circus antics to the punk rock arena. [10 articles]




Arts & Leisure
An ex-alcoholic provides a detailed description of the parallels between obsessive binging and methodical, disciplined marathon running. Meanwhile, some equally obsessive but not-quite-so-disciplined pranksters recount how they turned bizarre fast-food orders into a fascinating culinary and sociological experiment. Still not amused? Try these articles about the joys of firearms shooting, poetry slamming, and motorcycle ice racing. Not to mention multiple theatrical-performance reviews. Dig in! [11 articles]





Books
Move over, Dorothy L. Sayers. Mystery writer C.E. Poverman has risen to the top of his field by merging the mysterious with the literary. What's next? Sophisticated Fabio romances? Plus: Need help augmenting your parlance, jargon, lingo and slang? Try these helpful online slang dictionaries! Then find out what a few Memphis children wrote to their city's great civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr., on his holiday. And don't miss our reviews of non-fiction books about feminine fashion identity, anthropomorphism, snowboarding, and more! [8 articles]




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, Eye of the Beholder, K. Rat and Random Shots. [6 comics]



Newsstand
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