Volume I, Issue 47
April 27 - May 4, 1998

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News & Opinion
Nashville got blown away by a tornado, did you hear the news? Read this story or its follow-up for more on the twister'ed tale. Hey, have you heard about Chiapas? They're not just for Mexican insurrections anymore. How about the vast right-wing conspiracy, do you know the latest? Its manipulative tentacles even reach into the world of talk radio. What else haven't you heard about? Japanese internment during WWII? Smokers' rights? Condoms for teens? Intel's pollution? "This Censored World"? Because it's all here. [14 articles]

Film & TV
An interview finds that Werner Herzog, director of such bizarre epics as "Aguirre: The Wrath of God" and "Fitzcarraldo," is still crazy after all these years. James Toback, maker of "Two Girls and a Guy," doesn't prove much saner. But everyone knows filmmaking drives people nuts -- even in East Tennessee! Plus: Reviews of "The Big One," "Paulie," "City of Angels," "Happy Together," "Fast, Cheap and Out of Control," the films of Ida Lupino, and recent takes on those not-so-sentimentalized Suburban Seventies! [20 articles]

King Diamond raises hell -- literally -- with his theatrical death-metal. Henry Rollins turns to words, just words, for his effects -- and proves phenomenally successful during a recent concert. Patty Loveless, interviewed here, notes a pop-defying preference for heartstring-pulling rather than toe-tapping. Cowboy yodeler Don Walser breaks the sound barrier with his warbling wail. African-American country musicians bring fresh voices to a honky-saturated format. And more! [11 articles]

Arts & Leisure
To whip, or not to whip? The folks at this Knoxville club's "sadomasochism night" would vote for the former. But this horse trainer, the man upon whom Robert Redford's "The Horse Whisperer" is based, would definitely skip the whip. Plus: Is the Internet too slow? Are school papers more readable online? What's so fun about French farce? Why must "Antigone" die so tragically? How does one turn junk into art? Whose collection could possibly rival Lucy Lippard's? Do you Peru? Answers within.... [10 articles]

Critics love Bernard Werber's first novel, "Empire of the Ants." But is it really worth an aphid reader's time? Maybe, but wouldn't you rather read the vial truths in Philippe Bourgois's "In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio"? Or Patricia Butler's "Angels Dance and Angels Die," which hinges on Jim Morrison's rock band the Doors? Or how about all the literary lone stars who turned up for Texas Writers Month? What? Too slow-paced for you? Then dig your cleats into Speed Reader! [5 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, Random Shots, and La Cucaracha. [7 comics]

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