VOLUME I,  ISSUE 49
May 11 - May 18, 1998


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Everybody's talkin': Homeless people tell their life stories so they won't be misunderstood; White House interns expose the realities of their jobs so the bad jokes will stop; and dog experts explain the first steps of effective training that will "heel" your inner puppy. Plus: Could "Deep Impact" really happen? How did Chicago reform its educational system so swiftly and smartly? Why shouldn't English be the official language of the U.S.? And what's the problem with people who hate Wal Mart? [11 articles]





Film & TV
They're coming -- it's the attack of the megaplexes! Run for your lives! In other cinemania, famous author Elizabeth Wurtzel discusses movies that make her drool; a documentarian confesses his fascination with gay rodeo cowboys; a new movie makes a deep impact on one reviewer; and critics go against the grain by praising "Les Miserables" and "The Object of My Affection." Plus: Why you should get "He Got Game," rent "Bent," save your "Junk Mail," and devote very little of your life to these death videos. [22 articles]





Music
The Everly Brothers prove they're still kings of emotional harmonizing during a recent concert; Soul Asylum crank out yet another fine album; Sonic Youth deliver another disc full of dischord; Garbage's latest is worth taking out; and Bad Religion continue working professorial intelligence into punk. Plus: Telling interviews with an ex-President of the United States of America, yodelmeister Don Walser, a former (but still very fragrant) Gin Blossom, and mass murderer wannabe John Wesley Harding. [16 articles]




Arts & Leisure
Got Vegetables? If not, it's time to shuck the husk off your eyes and veg out! Articles on dietary labeling, the fatty dangers of seemingly innocuous non-meats, a good vegetarian cookbook, and an apple barrel's worth of recipes should get you into a pickle. Plus: Are 'coon hunts cruel, or just the most fun a neutered dog could ever have? What's the rich, pointed history of darts? Where are the best sites for slang? And when artists weave actual tapestries, where does one turn to for metaphors? [13 articles]





Books
Still haven't found the perfect Mother's Day present? How about a book or two? "Mothers & Daughters: An Anthology," "Generations of Women in Their Own Words" and "Expectations" sure beat flowers. For other gift ideas, check out the following reviews of Esther Freud's "Summer at Gaglow," Delia Falconer's "The Service of Clouds," Charles Turner's "Sometimes It Causes Me to Tremble," Barry Gifford and David Perry's "Bordertown," and the splendid poetry of Charles Wright. [9 articles]




Comics
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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