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Robert Olen Butler goes galactic with 'Mr. Spaceman.'
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Volume III, Issue 34
February 14 - February 21, 2000

News & Opinion

The finalists in the first presidential election of the 21st century represent a rough consensus on tax cuts, Social Security, defense, and abortion. George W. Bush's devotion to loyalty may be his Achilles' heel. The strategy of engaging a younger crowd means how well candidates play their cool cards. Plus, post-Columbine insanity in Tucson, unlocking the clues to MS in Nashville, throwing away valuable resources in Knoxville, and more.

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Film & TV

With the Super Bowl over and the presidential election yet to come, the Oscars provide the best forum for acting out our cultural unconsciousness. In 45 years behind the camera, Albert Maysles has made more than 20 documentary films. Is "Scream 3" really scary? Isn't that beside the point? Plus, reviews of "The Beach" and "Holy Smoke," the new crop of prime time, big-money game shows, and more.

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Tracy Chapman is back, singing again with perfect earnestness about personal and political travails. Every reason Mudhoney mattered has been compiled and summarized on a new retrospective. Many of the events in Tywanna Jo Baskette's life, big and small, end up in songs. Also, an Irani-Indian collaboration, some Leftover Salmon, folk and jazz mergers from June Tabor, and more.

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Arts & Leisure

It's Free
Abilene: Who Knew?
Catalyst for Lust
Big Stilletos to Fill
Razzle Dazzle
and more...

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Nearly every major American city has a literary counterpart to its real-life crime-fighters. Nashville's two fictional private eyes are pursuing new adventures. Two reviews were filed this week of "Mr. Spaceman," Robert Olen Butler's novel about an alien visiting Earth. Jim Hightower's new book takes on political consultants, the national media, and economic "experts." Also, new biographies of Nat King Cole and Mao Zedong, fresh insight into the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal, 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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