Volume I, Issue 46
April 20 - April 27, 1998

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News & Opinion
Is there a doctor in the house? The newest technique in house calls is to give you a video camera so you can make the call yourself. Does it work? Plus: A reporter searches for context in the wake of puzzling murders by some trendy teenagers; other teens get in trouble for tattooing "pimpette" near their cinnamon buns; a couple of writers wax philosophical over biscuits and refrigerator magnets; a columnist questions technological "progress"; an out-of-work journalist lives it up in the unemployment line; and more! [10 articles]

Film & TV
A duo of detractors explain why they won't be keeping up with the Joneses on the DVD front, while Nicholas Cage wings it explaining what it takes to become a celluloid angel. A videomaniac sums up the maniacal works of Oliver Stone, while another pores over the brooding methods of Sean Penn. And critics explain why their feelings are lukewarm toward "The Winter Guest" but not toward the heated drama of "The Ice Storm ." Also: Reviewers cut into "The Butcher Boy," "Character," "Beyond the Clouds," "The Big One," and "My Giant"! [18 articles]

The Flaming Lips discuss why their music never gets chapped; Ninja Tune throw their chop-socky jabs at funk; Dee Dee Bridgewater talks about how belting out Parisian jazz made her the diva she is today; Jimmy Page and Robert Plant get the Led out; Pussy Galore reissues offer more meowing mirth than music; Tammy Wynette, still D-E-A-D, gets treated to a couple of praiseful wordfests; Ravi Coltrane lives up to his musically suggestive name; and Scott Weiland's listeners demand that the Stone Temple Pilot press the ejection button. [19 articles]

Arts & Leisure
A defense of pedophilia? That's how some readers may interpret Jock Sturges' explanation as to why the notorious artist enjoys photographing naked children. But he would disagree. Plus: Is this Spring Fashion Report for real? Maybe, maybe not -- either way, it's hilarious. Also: Is golf making a comeback, or is it just a big shank? What's it like hanging out on a free cruise, and why is the gratuity process so intimidating? What in the World Wide Web are Martians doing online? And now that Lent and Easter are over, what's for dinner? [11 articles]

Tony Horowitz clears up misconceptions about the Civil War with his "Confederates in the Attic"; Bruce Feiler examines a different kind of country conflict with "Dreaming Out Loud." "Bad Medicine" follows the dreaded hantavirus into the Reservation; Jill Jepore has no reservations writing about Algonquin Indians. Stanton Glantz takes a trip through through the history of the tobacco industry; Judy Stone takes a tour of international filmmaking. And: Several cookbooks serve up nausea; but Isabel Allende knows the recipe for erotic eats. [13 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 and Random Shots. [5 comics]

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