Volume I, Issue 45
April 13 - April 20, 1998

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A new type of heroin is on the streets, and not even methadone can stop it -- what's the straight P-dope? Plus: A traveler provides a first-hand glimpse of life in war-torn Belgrade, a couple of articles recount the 30th-anniversary ceremonies for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s untimely death; a nurse explains how to ward off allergies by inducing nausea; and hunters make a killing off of bear gall bladders. Also: columnists sound off on cloning, political correctness, HMO woes, and the comedy of Bill Clinton! [13 articles]

Film & TV
Prefer period pieces with weighty themes, repressed characters and British accents? Let this look at all the films of Merchant/Ivory be your guide. But if you prefer computer-generated graphics, cardboard characters, TV catch-phrases and spaceships that look like Norelco shavers, check out "Lost in Space." Also reviewed this week: "The Big One," "Barney's Great Adventure," "Live Flesh," "Capitaine Conan," and a gaggle of recent videos based on disgruntled, out-of-work Limeys! [15 articles]

A group of "turntablists" called We discover how to turn thrift-store polka records into cutting-edge dance music, while the Bedheads stay wide awake pushing the limits of low-key pop. Wu-Tang Clan members' spin-off efforts don't quite reach "the next level," but Sun Ra's band comes close in their new album. "Titanic"-related CDs prove to be hot sellers, if uneven (dare we say tilted) in quality, while Wanda Jackson and Ronnie Dawson keep rockabilly alive. Plus: Goodbye, Tammy Wynette! [16 articles]

Arts & Leisure
The Internet community continues to push the limits of Web-page ridiculousness, but that's nothing compared to the obnoxious brinksmanship of email spammers or the excessive acronyms of the Net-lingo addicted. It's enough to drive any cybersurfer to unrelented beer-drinking, or at least a few sites about it. Plus: New plays examine the Kindertransport for children of German Jews, and the merging of diverse ethnic groups; while car culture and kitsch culture switch gears to become Car Art! [9 articles]

Carla Sinclair, the notorious netchick who publishes bOING bOING magazine, discusses her new book "Signal to Noise" -- in, appropriately enough, an online interview. Marion Winik, author of "The Lunch-Box Chronicles," hits the spot for one reviewer, and can be taste-tested via an excerpt. Other critiques chew on post-modern evaluations of "The Avengers," the life of Teddy Roosevelt, the implications of being a "bitch," baseball for brain surgeons, and collections of poetry by Deborah Garrison and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. [11 articles]

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