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Volume III, Issue 36
February 28 - March 6, 2000

News & Opinion

The McCain candidacy is the best way for liberals to make some noise in 2000 and lay the groundwork for a progressive mandate in the near future. If all things intimate have become mainstream, wouldn't it follow that strip clubs have become respectable? The past couple of years have seen the romance heat up between mainstream pop culture and all things Asian. Plus, coyotes in Tennessee, risking life and limb in national parks, and more.

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Film & TV

This week we've got a couple of directors discussing their latest films: Lorenzo Doumani on "Knockout" and John Frankenheimer on "Reindeer Games." Curtis Hanson's "Wonder Boys" is the cinematic equivalent of sleeping late on Sunday, putting on an old robe, and reading the newspaper. "Freedom Song" is a marvelous new cable TV movie about some of the undocumented heroes of the civil rights movement. Also, reviews of "Boiler Room," "Hanging Up," "Pitch Black," and more.

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We've got a look at seven country music artists who just might be country's best chance at maintaining its credibility and popularity. Alan Jackson's recent statements about country music are establishing him as the torch-bearing traditionalist of his generation. Who but Weird Al Yankovic would have enough "edge" to record a version of Peter and the Wolf with transsexual Moog heroine Wendy Carlos? Also, Jimmie Dale Gilmore starts his own label, the slow but steady triump of Yo La Tengo, the best of Afrobeat creator Fela Kuti, and more.

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Arts & Leisure

A Paint Primer
Indoor Gardening
Planning an Herb Garden
Macro Education
Smells Like Teen Spirit
and more...

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One of Sweden's most respected authors lives in Austin, Texas. Is Lars Gustafsson still Swedish? In his new book, "Gertrude and Claudius," John Updike redraws our perspective on the "Hamlet" characters and their world. Evel Knievel didn't "cheat" death, he beat it fair and square, as evidenced by a new biography of the daredevil motorcycle rider. Also, a wacky take on President Bush, a look at the past from the future, 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 Mueller, K. Rat and Random Shots.

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