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Salman Rushdie

Rushdie Rocks
Salman Rushdie breathes easier these days, but public appearances promoting his new rock-and-roll novel can be exhausting.
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Volume II, Issue 46
May 10 - May 17, 1999

News & Opinion

What's with Bill Clinton? Is he Touchy-feely Billy, who shares pain with adolescents, or Camouflage Clinton, who sends fuel trucks to put out fires? But how about big newspaper companies buying up the alternative market? Or meditation: trendy practice or plainly practical? And does the Drug Czar's hesitancy to see marijuana as medicine undermine his credibility? These answers and more...

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Film & TV

Is "Entrapment" a stylish caper film, an elaborate commercial, not entirely awful, or an example of its aging star's on-screen charisma? Our reviewers have their say on Sean Connery's latest, as well as on "Election," a parody of the 1992 presidential elections set during a high-school campaign. Also the new version of "The Mummy," Julia Sweeney's "God Said 'Ha!'," suggestions for a TV Bill of Rights, an interview with a documentarian of Appalachian culture, and more film and video.

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In our blues package this week we're playing the blues, ruminating on blues origins, the state of the country blues, dilution of the blues by white poseurs, and blues practitioner Bobby Blue Bland. Also, female musicians wonder whether motherhood fits into their music. For those who have kids, Mother Rock Star is a network of music-related businesses owned by moms. Also, reviews of the latest from Naughty by Nature, Fountains of Wayne, and Michael Gira, and more.

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Arts & Leisure

Travel With My Uncle
Camp Concentration
Bull Zen
Hoop Hop
Racin' on the River
Vegetarian Barbecuing
Performing in the Moment
and more...

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Salman Rushdie -- though he may have wished otherwise -- has become perhaps the most famous writer in the world. Stewart O'Nan has shown himself to be one of America's most thoughtful and versatile young novelists. "Otherwise Engaged" suggests that engagement is a hell in which men and women find each other at their most irritating. Also, "Mothers Who Think," the "Secret World of Hershey and Mars," and many 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 Mueller, Eye of the Beholder, K. Rat and Random Shots.

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