Into the Pink
What does the director of the Oscar-nominated "Good Will Hunting" do in his spare time? Writes and illustrates postmodern, experimental novels, of course. An interview explains.

Symphonic Spins
He innovated techno with Yellow Magic Orchestra, won Oscars for his high-profile film scores, and collaborated with some of pop's best. Now Ryuichi Sakamoto continues to innovate as a multi-generational DJ.

The Barbie Czar
Might want to hold onto your Barbies, action figures and celebrity dollies. They could be worth thousands -- so long as you have the right ones.

With Liberty and Lying for All
A columnist says the biggest reason we want to forgive Clinton is that we are a nation of liars who have sanctified prevarication and condemned honesty.

London Calling
Better listen carefully. Peter Carey, acclaimed author of "Oscar and Lucinda" and the cleverly Dickensian "Jack Maggs," conducted this entire interview with laryngitis.

Volume I, Issue 38
February 23 - March 2, 1998

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Opinions-a-Go-Go: What Casey Martin's golf-cart victory means for the PGA's bad-publicity sand trap; Why the public shouldn't be so judgmental about President Clinton's penile prevarications; Where to look when your pigeons start showing signs of radioactivity; and How a writer with Attention Deficit Disorder managed to finish his column. Also: Michael Ventura weighs in on world events with his Letters at 3AM column, while Margaret Renkl limits her focus to the Home Brood, and John Glenn gets spacey! [10 articles]





Film & TV
Microwave some popcorn and feast on entertaining reviews of "Sphere," "The Wedding Singer," "Palmetto," "Fallen Angels," "Zero Effect," and "Beaumarchais the Scoundrel." Listen in voyeuristically as Gus Van Sant gets chatty about movies, movie stars, and the literary bizarre; while Marlon Wayans, star of "Senseless," comes to his. And get the latest battle reports from the "SNL" versus "MAD TV" wars, as well as the full roundup of dubious-award winners from the Golden Raspberries! [19 articles]





Music
One of these things is not like the other: Big Bird, Grover, Kermit, Steven Tyler. Check here for the answer. As for you media-savvy rock-n-pop fans: Prepare yourself for the funniest preview of the 40th Annual Grammy Awards you'll ever read anywhere, guaranteed -- or your money back! Then check in on profiles and reviews of Ryuichi Sakamoto, Swervedriver, the Skatelites, Supernova, Toneburst, jazzmasters David Murray and Pam Hart, and the solo effort of incorrigible pumpkin-smasher James Iha! [13 articles]




Arts & Leisure
Get out your Barbies, Pez dispensers, Shogun warriors, G.I. Joes and Pee-Wee Herman dolls, because if this article is any indication, you could be sitting on a goldmine. Prefer surfing the Web to sorting through old toys? Then you'd better learn the Rules of the Road -- and the best approach to Internet Service Providers -- in an informative guide. (You can use what you've learned to send some fun virtual gifts.) Plus: reviews of small-town New York traveling, multigenerational stage plays, and expressively artistic "multiples"! [8 articles]





Books
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