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Volume III, Issue 46
May 8 - May 15, 2000

News & Opinion

Nowadays, applying for new jobs is a cinch. With all the job Websites, you can apply for fifteen new jobs before your day even starts. A fledgling Internet discussion group is reshaping civic discourse in Knoxville and offering a glimpse of public debate in the wired future. The Cumberland River in Kentucky and Tennessee and the San Pedro River in Southern Arizona are both in need of conservation. Also, the gay movement in mainstream America, weather radar on the Internet, and more.

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Film & TV

Capitalizing on our rapidly dwindling attention spans and increasing need for distraction, web sites featuring short films help fill the void. "The Virgin Suicides," directed by Sophia Coppola, is a stylish, intoxicating debut, and at its root is a profound sympathy for what it means to be an adolescent. "Gladiator" is a brawny throwback to movie epics of yore. Also, reviews of the new Flintstones movie, "Frequency," "Set Me Free," and more.

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The Memphis Flyer's annual music issue offers a visit to the city's Rock and Soul Museum, a look inside a blues program for kids, a rap with Lois Lane, and more. Copyright experts and musicians are deeply divided on the legality and the implications of Napster. The rock press establishment has begun to take pretty-boy pop seriously. Also, in search of James Hand, chatting with Susanna Van Tassel, Randy Newman's latest, Warren Zevon's take on I-10, and more.

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Arts & Leisure

Ink Well
At the Feet of the Mountain Gods
The Whole Woman
Riders on the Storm
and more...

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The diary of a Mexican soldier who reports that Davy Crockett did not die at the Alamo but was captured and executed by Santa Anna's troops is at the center of controvery. The suburbs of today, suggests a new book, is a "landscape that is largely devoid of places worth caring about." "Cheaply florid" are the words to describe a "rip-off" of the classic novel "Lolita." Also, checking in with "Girl's Guide" author Melissa Bank, the letters of Robert Penn Warren, and more.

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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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