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Arts & Leisure

Volume I, Issue 41
March 16 - March 23, 1998

I am positively glutinous with self-approbation. On a whim I asked Zamfir Quackenbush, the goatee'd fellow who runs the Music section of this Web site, if he had any articles that might fit into my Arts section. I wanted a little variety and thought Zamfir, who is very negative, would jump at the chance to get rid of a few articles.

The result was a pleasant surprise. After briefly grumbling, Zamfir acquiesced and gave me not one but two excellent pieces of journalistic craftsmanship.

The first tells you everything you need to know about Web radio stations . I don't know about you, but I've had it with local stations that won't play anything that hasn't been thoroughly market-tested. Web radio stations have no such hang-ups. They may just bring radio to life again.

The second story regards a subject you can really sink your buttocks onto: toilets. Specifically, rock-n-roll toilets. It's a great article, containing dozens of photos and even more interviews with such artists as Metallica, David Byrne, the Catherine Wheel and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones. A few of them even admit to having had sexual intercourse in a stall. (Good place for it. Sometimes just thinking about the lusts of men makes me want to heave.)

Thanks Zamfir! As for the rest of this Arts section, there's a fine, detailed piece about a first-rate motorcyclist, if you're into that sort of thing. There's also another travel story from Paul Gerald, who has recently been exploring the Adirondack Mountains in New York state. Let me know when you're tired of your job, Paul, because I'd love to send in a resumé.

We've also got information on how you can help Tibet by visiting Web sites , and the rhythmic inspirations behind the drumming performance group Stomp. Enjoy, and remember: don't do anything I wouldn't do.

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Radio Free Everywhere
The Internet is revolutionizing radio in ways Marconi never dreamed of. [2]
Dan Tobin

The Toilet Papers
In club bathrooms, the rock and roll dream becomes a nightmare. [3]
Laurie Hoffma

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Call Him a Hero
On motorcycle roadracer Tray Batey; the nature of a misunderstood sport; and the courage it takes to manhandle a mass of hurtling metal machinery. [4]
Marc A. Stengel

Adirondack Fever
The toughest thing about this part of New York is deciding when to go. [5]
Paul Gerald

Tibetan Freedom on the WWW
Surfing the Internet with a guy who can't swim while looking for the Dalai Lama. [6]
Devin D. O'Leary

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They've Got the Beat
Even if you haven't seen them, you've probably heard them--no, not heard of them, but actually heard them--the cast of Stomp. [7]
Jesse Fox Mayshark

Booster Failure
"Rocket Man" poses tricky philosophical questions about the big choices in life. [8]
Margaret Regan

Paint it Black
August Wilson's prize-winning "Fences" succeeds in increments at Theatre Memphis. [9]
Chris Davis

Now What?
A gallery of captivating links to keep your imagination churning while the paint dries. [10]

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