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Bohemian Rhapsody
Stephen Frears, John Cusack and company craft a funny, frank adaptation of Nick Hornby's male-crisis novel, "High Fidelity."
Ray Pride


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As Much Magic As Fact
Since the publication of Stephen Harrigan's historical novel "The Gates of the Alamo," a visible restructuring of the public notion of the fort has seized the imagination of Texas.
David Garza


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Volume III, Issue 41
April 3 - April 10, 2000



News & Opinion

Not too long ago, there was reason to hope that the two-party system would become as obsolete as Ma Bell's telephone monopoly. What's happened to third parties? Why hasn't country radio looked to the Americana scene for some bold new sounds and artists? The dollar coin's face lift is a welcome bit of change. Plus, daylilies from Tennessee, truth from Ralph Cramden, and more.

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Film & TV

John Cusack's "High Fidelity" offers a universal story about embracing adulthood and the capacity for simple joy. Our critics from Boston and Austin tune in. Dreamworks is keeping up with the Disneys with "The Road to El Dorado." NBC has cancelled "Freaks and Geeks," a show with a small but loyal viewership. Plus, an interview with the guys behind the "Phantasm" horror series, reviews of "A Map of the World," "Not One Less," "Price of Glory," and more.

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Music

Punk-rock enigma Patti Smith sits down for an extensive interview. People attending the SXSW music showcase in Austin were reaching for "Revolver," a magazine for people who like to read about music. Can two aging musicians create excitement about Arabic music? Plus, the latest from John Prine, two views of the recent SXSW, and more.

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Arts & Leisure

Somewhere in Time
On Ice in Patagonia
Strange Fruit
A Man, A Can, A Plan
Her Majesty's Secret Service
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Books

Kate Wheeler doesn't subscribe to the idea that tourism is a dirty word. For her, traveling is as much an internal journey as an external one. Bud Shrake's new novel is a tall tale of almost constant surprise. When civilization evolves at the pace of the "reply" button, on the list of necessary human skills, hunting/gathering recedes into the distance, replaced by... what? Also, a new spin on "Dorian Gray," second thoughts on a "staggering genius," and more.

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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 K. Rat and Random Shots.

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