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A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

A Heartbreaking Work
Three reviews of the fascinating new non-memoir by Dave Eggers.

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Volume III, Issue 37
March 6 - March 13, 2000

News & Opinion

When the voting on Super Tuesday is over, pundits will likely begin looking over the field of candidates for the two parties' vice presidential nomination. John Biggert calls himself a purveyor of "patriotic literature." Is a personal expression of someone's thoughts published online an editorial or an advertisement for a political perspective with the purpose of influencing voter opinion? Also, Knoxville fights sprawl, an Austin writer reaches his limits, the future of the future, and more.

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Film & TV

The real odds at the Oscars are on what films will outlast their moment of glory. Contrary to popular media reports, making your own movie isn't exactly a glamorous road to success. Rocketing in to mostly poor reviews, "What Planet Are You From?" is an "uncomfortable disaster" that suffers from a "dearth of originality." Also, a review of "The Next Best Thing," a look at TV during March, and more.

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Often, a Grammy award in a rap category is like a one-way ticket to triviality. A veteran Nashville record producer has opened a new studio in Memphis. Rick Trevino is relaunching his career with a new sound mixing Latin style with contemporary country. Plus, profiles of Pat Metheny and Dave Van Ronk, new music from Richard Thompson and Smashing Pumpkins, and more.

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Arts & Leisure

On the Move
Excellent Night in Osaka
Vermouth: Maker of Martinis
A Higher Standard?
Pulling Strings
and more...

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Dave Eggers is a smart, observant, and tender new voice whose memoir "plucks the heart strings of America." The author himself seems uneasy with reaction to his book. Another review/interview may or may not capture some of the essence of Eggers' work. When it comes to sex, context is everything, which describes why one new collection of erotic fiction is better than another. The story of a boy who was raised as a girl after a surgical accident packs an irresistible narrative force. Also, a new psychological thriller from Margot Livesey, a trip through bohemian America, two new takes on the Seventies, 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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