Volume I, Issue 40
March 9 - March 16, 1998

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News & Opinion
Sure, they're healthier, cleaner, thriftier and less stressful than cars -- but those aren't the only reasons for making bicycles your primary mode of transport. Also: Why should we stay out of Iraq? Both a columnist and a decade-old, perspective-enhancing article hold the answers. In other news, here's how to get "other news " just the way you like it, every day; while here's how to avoid computer viruses; and here's a list of laws to live by -- not. And, like, this article totally goes into the speaking patterns of sorority girls! [10 articles]

Film & TV
It's Big Lebowskimania! The Coen brothers grant two interviews about their ballsy bowling movie; while three reviews find the "Fargo" followup to be high on strikes and very low on gutter balls. In a more light-challenged vein, "Dark City" turns shadows and morphing into art as far as two critics are concerned; Gary Oldman gets real about "Nil" in his first writing/directing effort (an interview explains); and test audiences reaffirm Robert Altman's choppy storytelling finesse. Plus: the latest in hacker and devil movies! [20 articles]

Can you believe the musician responsible for "Shaft" is a Scientologist who now does a voice for "South Park"? How could that happen? Also, can you believe the crazy names bands come up with these days? Like Neutral Milk Hotel? Or Morningwood? They might as well use some of these. And can you believe Eric Clapton's still going strong? Or that The Presidents of the United States of America have already been artistically impeached? Can you believe the quality of the musicians at Austin's SXSW festival? And what in Damnations is up with Afro-pop diva Susana Baca, anyway? [18 articles]

Arts & Leisure
Cyberspace isn't just for geeks anymore: thanks to vast, sophisticated virtual realities like this one, diverse communities are cropping up online faster than mold on cheese. And don't judge them as useless until you go to these very, very useless web sites -- you'll see why. In non-virtual worlds, why are dart games so addictive? How do Barbie dolls transform from cheap plastic toys into art? What are the very best watering holes in post-Mardi Gras New Orleans? And who can resist the exciting schlock of "The Phantom of the Opera"? [11 articles]

Booksignings: you and the author may not always have a great time, but you can be sure the promoters will. Especially when the events go as well as this one with Nathan McCall, an African-American essayist who wasn't afraid to put his unpopular opinions on the line. Also: J.C. Herz scores bonus points with an interview about videogames and her book "Joystick Nation"; Gore Vidal takes us on a magical mystery tour through time, history and the secret lives of wax dummies; a "Godzilla" book bites down hard on legends surrounding the voracious lizard; and more! [10 articles]

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, Eye of the Beholder, K. Rat, Random Shots, and La Cucaracha. [7 comics]

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