Volume I, Issue 44
April 6 - April 13, 1998

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News & Opinion
The Jonesboro, Arkansas tragedy brings out the pensive in some, the gun-conscious in others, and the redneck childhood memories in more. Elsewhere, journalists observe the 20th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King, Jr. with reverence, James Earl Ray's guilt is reaffirmed, and a writer reports on the sorry state of Yugoslavia. Plus: Doctors struggle with the ethics of plastic surgery, an essayist reveals her hangups with Caller I.D., and armageddon rears its ugly head -- again! [11 articles]





Film & TV
Interviewmania: Gary Oldman explains why "Lost in Space" will mark his last villainous role for a while, D.A. Pennebaker looks back at his seminal '60s Dylan documentary, and Boaz Yakin tries to be a mensch while directing "A Price Above Rubies." Meanwhile, reviewers take definitive looks at the documentarian who made "Time Indefinite"; and get critical about "The Newton Boys," "Live Flesh," "Barney's Great Adventure," "4 Little Girls," "Wild Things," "Grease," and more! [12 articles]





Music
Could Rebekah be the next big Lilith Fair queen? Can Superdrag successfully merge the styles of the Beatles and My Bloody Valentine? Could Neutral Milk Hotel signal a new American transcendentalism? Could Iodine very well be the loudest band in the world? Could Frankie Knuckles stop DJing even if he wanted to? Could Cash Money be drinking themselves silly with tequila? Could Jarvis Cocker be the next Bryan Ferry? Could the High Llamas be a '90s answer to the Beach Boys? These are the questions; we've got the answers. [16 articles]




Arts & Leisure
Wacky Packages stickers: If you grew up in the '70s, they were everywhere -- gross, irreverent product parodies that annoyed adults and accompanied cheap bubble gum. Now their originals sell for thousands. What happened? Plus: How do martial arts gurus walk on knives and defy pain? What's it like reliving the "Melvin & Howard" experience in Nevada? How does Chicago's theatre scene compare to New York's? What kind of experiences lead to a career in glass-blowing? And more! [7 articles]





Books
Columnist Molly Ivins overcomes her fuddy dud-ism in "You Got to Dance With Them What Brung You: Politics in the Clinton Years"; and poet Jimmy Santiago Baca finds his calling after years of hardship. Authors reinvent the roman à clef novel format with a toothy vengeance; and Jim Shepard digs his own teeth into the Murnau legend with "Nosferatu." Charles Simic makes the most of his memoirs; Tony Horowitz reexamines the Civil War; and Jo Ann Beard tells a few sanguine secrets in a collection of essays. [8 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 Eye of the Beholder, K. Rat and Random Shots. [5 comics]



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