Volume I, Issue 35
February 2 - February 9, 1998

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News & Opinion
Clintonmania like you've never experienced it before! Concerned columnists opine about the media's role in the scandal, Al Gore's potential presidency, Hillary's best course of action, Clinton's growing resemblance to Nixon, and Paula Jones's phallic proboscis. In slightly less sensational news, writers examine the difficulties of marriage on Death Row, racism in Australia, the great syringes-for-addicts debate, and Scientology's amazingly dull feature film! [10 articles]

Film & TV
Spice, Spice baby. We pass you four "Spice World" reviews this week, including one that compares those cheeky Brits to the cast of "Gilligan's Island." Meanwhile, a jaded festivalgoer weighs in on the Sundance experience, Bill Pullman philosophizes about his career, writer/star/director Robert Duvall explains the impetus for his new film "The Apostle," and a reviewer meditates on "Kundun." Plus: video reviews of John Steinbeck movies and rockumentaries. [14 articles]

The latest news on jungle and drum-n-bass: it's stylizing itself out of existence. How can electronica's most hyperkinetic sub-genre be saved? And can Goldie help? Plus: More goodbyes to rockabilly great Carl Perkins, as well as several other recently deceased musicians. Not to mention profiles of boozehound Ryan Adams, The Smithereens' Pat DiNizio, the Squirrel Nut Zippers, Pearl Jam, and even former KISS ax-man and platform shoes poster boy Ace Frehley. [12 articles]

Arts & Leisure
What do circus performers call places that are out of control, anyway? Find out this and much more in a behind-the-scenes look at the clowny-clown world of Ringling Bros. If zat ees not to jour li-keeng, try zees storee on "Cirque Ingenieux," ze latest een ze circus-ial arts. Or take a walk down Colonial lane with these articles about Old Salem, North Carolina, and an interactive slave-ship exhibit in Memphis. Plus: reviews of musical, comedy, gay, and even Titanic stage dramas. [8 articles]

Sebastian Junger talks up a hurricane about his best-selling non-fiction book, "The Perfect Storm," while Anita Shreve dives into the deep end to explain why she wrote her painful, mysterious novel "The Weight of Water." Meanwhile Martin Amis takes a stab at writing a crime novel with "Night Train," Peter Carey comes up with an Oedipal Twist on Charles Dickens with "Jack Maggs," and Asian geek-boy culture receives its due in an anthology called "Eastern Standard Time." [6 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 Eye of the Beholder, K. Rat and Random Shots. [5 comics]

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