Volume I, Issue 43
March 30 - April 6, 1998

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News & Opinion
While our mainstream news focused primarily on the scandalous, the photogenic and the fleeting, many bigger, more important stories quietly slipped by. Finally, they receive some of their due in a guide to 1997's top "Censored Stories." Plus: A look into the forces behind deadbeat parents; a reevaluation of middle-class values; two opinionated odes to President Clinton's little problem; a peek at parental fears; a barn-busting doggie story; not-so-liberated womanhood tips from the '20s; and the latest in weird stories and know-it-all tidbits. [10 articles]

Film & TV
Independent-minded director John Sayles talks about the politics in his new film "Men With Guns," while Richard Linklater directs some different men with guns -- and nitroglycerine -- in "The Newton Boys." Is the latter film explosive, or just a dud? Meanwhile three reviews provide a full spectrum of opinions on "Primary Colors," a film so presidentially damning it makes "Wag the Dog" look like "Air Force One." Other reviews include incisive looks at "Underground," "Mr. Nice Guy," "Nil by Mouth," and "Love and Death on Long Island." Plus: A critical examination of ugly Oscar fashions! [19 articles]

Jesus looks like a rock star, so what the hell -- why shouldn't there be Christian rock? An article examines key questions about getting down with God. Elsewhere, writer Michael McCall sums up the spunky festivites at this year's South-by-Southwest festival in Austin, and several live reviews provide a closer look. Plus: authors unravel the secrets of Mingus in Mexico, the Nevers in Nashville, Buffalo Daughter in Japan, Dylan downstairs doing basement bootlegs, and plenty, plenty more. [15 articles]

Arts & Leisure
We recently discovered that one of the authors who contributes to Weekly Wire is addicted to professional wrestling. Did he seek mental help? Did he attend a 12-step-program? Nope -- he came up with 11 reasons why pro wrestling's great. Talk about denial. Plus: A comic goes to the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival and has a few laughs; a few youngsters completely take over a fast-food joint, a Boston college bans a play for questionable reasons, and high school students discover themselves -- and do good business -- on the World Wide Web. [7 articles]

Esteemed author Anna Quindlen and lesser-known author Marion Winik do lunch and get to the bottom of some fundamental truths about journalism and novels; Peter Carey satirizes the Dickens out of fiction writers in "Jack Maggs"; a reviewer rips through the perforations of "Rolling Stone"'s political pretensions; a medical study discovers that common drugs can often kill; a writer finds fertile ground for analysis in William James's neuroses; and a poet's "Ten Commandments" hint at the heart of Horace. [7 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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