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

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Author by Author
Eleven local literati review the works of their colleagues. [2]

Family Gathering
Tucsonans Barbara Seyda and Diana Herrera have produced a heart-warming new book documenting the "gayby boom" -- lesbian couples rearing families. [7]
Margaret Regan


Fiction
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Sweet Hereafter
Russell Banks's novel "Cloudsplitter," a massive account of the career of radical abolitionist John Brown is as unconsoling as tragedy and as compelling as a hymn. [4]
Peter Keough

Oedipus in Borneo
Twenty years in the writing, C. S. Godshalk's "Kakimantaan" is a rollicking tale of mother-love in Borneo. [5]
Scott Stossel

Taking It All In
Andy Warhol's 30-year-old book, "a: a novel," is the ultimate Pop achievement: an utterly unfiltered, utterly meaningless slice of life. [6]
Jonathan Veitch


Mini Reviews
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Speed Reader
"Charlie Carrillo: Tradition & Soul" by Barbe Awalt; "Peggy: The Life of Margaret Ramsay" by Colin Chambers; "Reopening the American West" by Hal K. Rothman; "Preston Falls" by David Gates. [10]
Jessica English, Jeffrey Lee, Todd Gibson, Susan Schuurman


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ver heard the term "logrolling" as applied to the literary world? Logrolling is when writers take turns giving positive reviews to each other's works. Take this collection of Austin-based author-to-author reviews, for example. Sure, writers are among the best-qualified people to review other writers' works, but that doesn't mean the logs don't roll. They do. It's actually more entertaining than real logrolling.

Also entertaining are these reviews of the latest releases from Russell Banks, C. S. Godshalk, Andy Warhol, Carol Moldaw, and the zany world of U.F.O. conspiracy theorists. Don't forget to read up on the latest words from the front lines of the "gayby boom," and pop-art multi-culti studies. My bookworm appetite is extremely whetted. Now excuse me while I pig out.


Non-fiction
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Cultural Crossroads
"Culture Across Borders," edited by David R. Maciel and Marķa Herrera-Sobek, presents an important first assay into the realm of influence that links Mexico and the U.S. in their popular productions. [3]
James DiGiovanna

Alien-Probing Analysis
They come, they abduct you, they probe your orifices, then they dump you in western Missouri. But have you ever stopped to wonder, what's it all for? Check out "The Threat." [8]
James DiGiovanna


Poetry
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Understated Grace
Carol Moldaw's "Chalkmarks on Stone." [9]
Blake de Pastino


Now What?
Love to read? Need some clever ideas? Our library of resources and staff picks are guaranteed to turn on plenty of mental light bulbs via your electrified eye sockets. [11]


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