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Volume I, Issue 48
May 4 - May 11, 1998

So you think you're a Titanic buff? Ha. Sit your 13-year-old fanny right down and read this story about some real Titanic fanatics. These people hang out with survivors, they can recite a full list of the songs the band played on the way down, and they regularly re-enact the disaster using toy boats and an ice cube in their bathtubs. They've got Titanic on the noggin like you never will, you watched- the- movie- four- times, listen- to- the- soundtrack- every- night, yet can't- even- say- "Toy Boat"- five- times- fast- let- alone- play- with- one- properly- in- the- tub, Leo-loving poseur.

What does their fanaticism tell us about the real meaning of the disaster? Does it illuminate man's overweening hubris? (If so, is it as pornographic as it sounds?) Does it teach us something useful about the historical zeitgeist of the early 20th century? Or is it just another case of an all-too-romanticized, morbid fascination for something tragic? Do these people have important thoughts to share, or are they harboring a Titanic-sized geekdom on the level of "I spent my entire life studying the Titanic disaster and all I got was this lousy trivia knowledge about rivets"?

Read the story and decide for yourself. There are no easy answers.


Recreation
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Good and Old
Vicksburg is a fun place, even if it makes you scratch your head occasionally. [5]
Paul Gerald











Featured Articles
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Ship Fever
These days, everyone wants a piece of the Titanic, but a convention of the Titanic Historical Society is where you find the unsinkable fanatics. [2]
Ellen Barry

Framing the Border
A round-table conversation with curators, gallery directors, and a photographer whose passions lie in U.S.-Mexico border photography. [3]
Rebecca S. Cohen

Danger in Numbers
Only one kind of person drives a two-wheel-drive van, with the lights off in the middle of the night, a stone's throw north of the Mexican border. [4]
Kevin Franklin


Performance
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Silly Sextet Shorts
David Ives' "Mere Mortals" delivers what American audiences expect from TV comedy, with an added punch of meaningful insight. [6]
Scott C. Morgan

The Nick of Time
"Nicholas Nickleby" is long but lively. [7]
Steven Robert Allen

The Ruling Class
"Master Harold...and the Boys" offers a stunning indictment against racism. [8]
Chris Davis


In the Gallery
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Spanish Soul
The latest exhibition in the Tucson Museum of Art's newly expanded galleries offers a refreshing visual change. [9]
Margaret Regan

Ancestors and Others
An African-American artist's works evoke an evolution of voodoo into the ongoing reconciliation of art and shamanism. [10]
D. Eric Bookhardt

CityScape
The curved universe of Bart Prince. [11]
Blake de Pastino


Now What?
A gallery of captivating links to keep your imagination churning while the paint dries. [12]


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