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Volume III, Issue 43
April 17 - April 24, 2000  

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Name Game [2]
Seamus Heaney's "Beowulf" and W.S. Merwin's "Purgatory" prove that nothing promotes a classic like a celebrity translator.
Half-Truths And Consequences [3]
Biographer Nicholas Shakespeare uncovers the fictions in travel writer Bruce Chatwin's life and work.
— Gregory McNamee, TUCSON WEEKLY
Asking for It [4]
The unnatural "Natural History of Rape."
— Ashley Fantz, MEMPHIS FLYER
Bangs' Head [5]
In "Let It Blurt," Jim DeRogatis tunes in the life and times of Great American Rock 'n' Roll Writer Lester Bangs.
— Shelly Ridenour, NEWCITY CHICAGO
Rough Guide [6]
David Lida gives southbound gringos a grim view in Travel Advisory: Stories of Mexico.
— Randall Holdridge, TUCSON WEEKLY
Heartache Harris [7]
Cyber-advisor Lynn Harris hits the printed page in "Breakup Girl to the Rescue!"
— Shelly Ridenour, NEWCITY CHICAGO



wo new translations of literary classics -- "Beowulf" and Dante's "Purgatory" -- seem to offer little more than the cachet of the translators... and great dust jackets.

Bruce Chatwin told marvelous stories, and he never let the facts get in the way of a good yarn. And he believed, a new biography suggests, that his anecdotes and the gift of his company were sufficient repayment for his hosts' sometimes unwilling generosity.

A "glorified term paper" is what our reviewer thinks of "A Natural History of Rape," and is only marginally better if read for comedic effect.

Also, a new bio of rock writer Lester Bangs, a travel advisory for Mexico, and more.

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