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Volume III, Issue 35
February 21 - February 28, 2000

News & Opinion

It's clear that the Al Gore whom Tennessee launched as a national figure in 1984 is not the same man as the one within grasping distance of the presidency. The John McCain campaign is many things, but above all else it's a media moment. What has lifted Noam Chomsky to the level of cult figure is his political theorizing and activism in defense of victims of U.S. foreign policy. Plus, the death of a teen transsexual in Austin, the sad life of street hookers in Knoxville, the last days of the Admiral Benbow Inn in Memphis, and more.

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Film & TV

Eddie Bracken has more than a few choice yarns gathered from his 70 years on Broadway, in Hollywood, and beyond. Director Kimberly Peirce felt compelled to film the true-life tale of a Nebraska girl who passed herself off as a boy before being exposed and murdered. Our film reviews start this week with "The Boiler Room," an impressive debut about a shady enclave of young hustlers. Also on the marquee this week are reviews of "Pitch Black," "The Beach," "The Tigger Movie," a look at the increasingly bizarre world of TV game shows, and plenty more!

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Aside from one hit, Francis Craig made little dent on the national consciousness. Susan Tedeschi might be nominated for her first Grammy in the category of Best New Artist, but she's holed up in a recording studio. The Eastern European music of his heritage opened Bradley Jaye Williams' eyes to how easy it is for music to jump across borders. Plus, Cindy Blackman, the Hollisters, Bruce Cockburn, and lots more.

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Arts & Leisure

Deep Connections
[Art]ificial Respiration
Behold, Zion!
A Paean to Vertical Tasting
No Boring Beans
and more...

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During Black History Month, titles from a variety of publishers -- both mainstream and independent -- suggest that Black History is American History. Simon Blackburn has written "Think" in defense of philosophy. Raising a monkey is like raising a child, as one family's experience is related in "Bringing Up Ziggy." Also, stories from Alice Elliott Dark, a memoir of the Mexican-American experience, lessons in finding a vocation, 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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