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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

N ow that George Bush is the nominee-apparent for the Republican party, the press is finally asking some hard questions of the candidate. Except some of the press from Texas, which may be giving the governor a little public relations help.

Dan Tobin went to Hollywood to be a screenwriter. The easiest way to kick-start his career, he figured, was to make his own movie. Suddenly he's a "hot new director." How does that happen? It's all in how you talk about it.

ABC's short-lived series "Wonderland," about life in a mental hospital, had reviewers raving about the show's realism. But the extreme portrayals allowed the literati to feel separate from, and superior to, the mentally ill.

Also, an evening of S&M, the importance of public art, two tales about the horrors of sloppy construction, and more.


Columns
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The Voice of the Voiceless [7]
ABC's short-lived TV show Wonderland failed to depict mental illness and its treatment in a realistic light.
— Michael Ventura, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
In All Your Future Endeavors [8]
A young writer comes to grips with his lot in life after graduation.
— Kevin Wood, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Falling Down [9]
Just because a house is new doesn't mean that it's free from defects.
— Walter Jowers, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Scenic Drives on the Infobahn [10]
A tour of notable auto Web sites.
— Marc K. Stengel, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Now What? [12]
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Volume III, Issue 47
May 15 - May 22, 2000  

Features
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Media Clips [2]
Although he's catching heat in the national media, in Texas, Bush has been given kid-glove treatment by the media.
— Lee Nichols, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Casting About For Legitimacy [3]
Even in Hollywood, a town where everyone wants a job, casting a low-budget indie short can be as difficult as paying the rent.
— Dan Tobin, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Sex Wrap [4]
Spending an evening observing the intricacies of S&M.
— Richard Knight Jr., NEWCITY CHICAGO
 
To Make a City Beautiful [5]
Public art is important to a city's identity, and a new bill could help guarantee that such works become an integral part of the Nashville landscape.
— Donna Dorian Wall, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Nightmare on Saguaro Street [6]
About the only thing more stressful than having triplets is hiring an incompetent contractor to remodel your home.
— Dan Huff, TUCSON WEEKLY
 

Teeny Tidbits
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Mr. Smarty Pants [11]
Times Square, Whiskey, Joan of Arc.
— Mr. Smarty Pants, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 

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