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Volume II, Issue 34
February 15 - February 22, 1999  
 
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Status of the Original [2]
BookLab's drive to create art and artistry made it one of the most well-respected book-working facilities in the nation.
— Clay Smith, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
A Book for Bibliophiles [3]
Review of "The Nature of the Book: Print and Knowledge in the Making."
AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Media Mix [4]
We thought you'd be interested in a little smut perspective on days of yore.
TUCSON WEEKLY
 
The Look of Love [5]
Swan and her swain, neurotics in verse, and assorted gypsy charms.
— Leonard Gill, MEMPHIS FLYER
 

Non-fiction
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Aphrodite: A Memoir of the Senses reviewed [8]
A review of Isabelle Allende's new erotic novel/cookbook.
— Virginia B. Wood, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Legacy Of Letters [9]
Dame Iris Murdoch may have been lost to Alzheimer's, but her literary contributions are here to stay.
— Randall Holdridge, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Two Bios of Barbara [10]
Reviews of "Barbara Jordan: The Biography" and "Barbara Jordan: American Hero."
— Clay Smith, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Now What? [12]
Love to read? Need some clever ideas? Our library of resources and staff picks are guaranteed to turn on plenty of mental light bulbs via your electrified eye sockets.
WEEKLY WIRE
 


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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

ookbinding is hardly glamorous work, but it is very much an art form. Austin Chronicle's Clay Smith gives us a look behind BookLab, an Austin based custom bindery that has followed the path of the classic American business. A review of a new book on bindery and the art behind it is featured in "A Book for Bibliophiles."

Also up this week, a look back at some of the history of smut. Fiction works reviewed include Dan Vinik's "Blue Paige" and "The Story of O." Non-fiction reviews include Isabelle Allende's "Aphrodite: A Memoir of the Senses," "Elegy for Iris" by John Bayley, and a couple of looks at influential politician Barbara Jordan, plus more in Mini-Reviews.


Fiction
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Blue Print [6]
Danny Vinik's new novel, "Blue Paige," is like a Russ Meyer movie set in print—fun, randy, over-the-top, and a little bit rough around the edges.
— Stacey Richter, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Who Says Adultery Doesn't Pay? [7]
The story behind the pornographic classic "The Story of O."
— Jolie Chat, TUCSON WEEKLY
 

Mini Reviews
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Speed Reader [11]

  • The Big Bad City by Ed McBain
  • Black Gold by Billie J. Cook


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