Volume I, Issue 42
March 23 - March 30, 1998

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News & Opinion
Music censorship is back -- with a vengeance. Find out how some Tennessee politicians are looking to punish music vendors who don't play parent, while in Texas anti-rap legislation threatens to bilk state workers out of their pensions. Plus: A neighborly writer provides a sympathetic look into the continuing struggles of a formerly homeless man, a pregnant woman explains why it's rude to ask questions about a mother-to-be's big belly, a newspaper excerpt exposes the government's My Lai lies, and more! [9 articles]





Film & TV
Oscars, Schmoscars. Last week several writers set down their reviewer's pens in favor of crystal balls -- how well did they predict? Meanwhile, the cast of "Wild Things" talk trash about their trashy new movie, independent filmmaker Sarah Jacobson discusses the joys of ordering people around, and Frederick Wiseman proves to be a very wise man indeed when it comes to documentaries. Plus: Not one, not two, but three reviewers cross swords over the new Four Musketeers movie; two critics provide complementary reviews of "Primary Colors"; and much, much more. [22 articles]





Music
The mammoth SFX Entertainment has taken over the concert industry with a series of buyouts. How will this affect fans? Speaking of conquests, Matt Pinfield, that cue-ball-headed fount of musical knowledge, is now the most prevalent face on MTV. How'd he get there? In other rock-n-roll news, find out why Carl Perkins always had more than a box of matches, what Thomas Mapfuno's music says about harsh life in Zimbabwe, how Trout Fishing in America serve up fun fillets of children's music, where country-roots songwriters Chris Knight and Fred Eaglesmith get their inspiration, and plenty more. [16 articles]




Arts & Leisure
Goths: they're cute, but don't put them down -- like Gremlins exposed to water, they get real feisty. Want to know more? Put down that black lipstick and check out these links to cool Goth sites on the Web. Plus: Spalding Gray explains his mushy skiing metaphors in a typically Spalding-like interview; a technical support worker strikes a blow against the ignorance of the average computer "l00ser" (oops we mean user); an exhibit picks the petals off of Georgia O'Keefe's Texan inspiration; "The Night of the Iguana" finds Tennessee Williams up to his usual reptilian tricks; and more! [9 articles]





Books
Why is Randall Terry, former spokesman for Operation Rescue, trying to give Barnes & Noble an abortion? Is it child pornography, or has Censorship once again reared its ugly, scaly, dragon-like head? Plus: reviews of John Casey's novel about the stirrings of middle-class infidelity; Michael Ignatieff's well-articulated argument for Western meddling in the affairs of problem-riddled countries; a dual biography/CD about Celtic music; several rockin' books about musicians, dancing and other toe-tapping trends; and more! [6 articles]




Comics
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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