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Volume III, Issue 44
April 24 - May 1, 2000



News & Opinion

Anyone still wondering whether Seattle was a fluke can stop. The latest protests in Washington, D.C., taught us that something new is going on. In turn-of-the-century America, going to prison is the thing to do. Would-be immigrants turned crackheads are the most pitiable failures on the Mexican border. Also, genetically-altered food, Oprah hits the magazine stands, growing older, and more.

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Film & TV

The most compelling reason to see "Love & Basketball" is the excellent starring debut by Sanaa Lathan. "American Psycho" contains a scathing look at America in the '80s, some wickedly black comedy, and one of the best lead performances in recent memory. Julien Temple's "The Filth and the Fury" brings the Sex Pistols back to their time and place and reclaims their universality. Plus, reviews of the new World War II submarine movie, "U-571," a tarted-up melodrama from James Merchant, and more.

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Music

Bruce Springsteen's recent concert in Nashville was a stirring revival, as fiery and relevant a set as any of us is likely to hear. Contemporary country artists sing songs written with the depth of a greeting card and act as if such shallowness were profound. James Toback's new movie, "Black and White," is business as usual: the story of white people fetishizing black people as illicit objects of taboo desire. Plus, Clarksdale blues on the road, hitting close to home with "High Fidelity," and more.

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Arts & Leisure

Passion Forward
Women at Work
Delightful Dee Dinota
Still Hazy After All These Years
Life Again in Oz
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Books

Joyce Carol Oates has created a fictional biography of Marilyn Monroe in which the suffocating weight of being the world's most celebrated sex symbol is palpable. The real world is the exclusive focus of essayist Sarah Vowell's work and it is as passionate, creative, clever and enjoyable as anything anyone could ever make up. Back when baseball was a radio event, Red Smith captured the soul of America's pastime like no other baseball writer. Also, a guide to understanding Catholicism, Saul Bellow's novelized portrait of Allan Bloom, a new mystery from New Mexico, 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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