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Volume I, Issue 52
June 1 - June 8, 1998  
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The Genial General [2]
Toad Hall Children's Bookstore owner Barbara Bonds Thomas steps down from her post as president of the American Booksellers Association.

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About Nick Hornby [3]
Nick Hornby's next step after "High Fidelity."
— Raoul Hernandez, AUSTIN CHRONICLE

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In the Swing [4]
A new book documents the revival of '30s and '40s pop culture.
Easy Reader [5]
In "The Perfect Vehicle," Melissa Holbrook Pierson sets out to explore the motorcycle mystique.
— Gregory McNamee, TUCSON WEEKLY
Crack Shot [6]
Philippe Bourgois, an anthropologist, spent five years in a Puerto Rican barrio in East Harlem studying the culture of crack cocaine.
— Gregory McNamee, TUCSON WEEKLY
Men Behaving Badly [7]
A review of Peter Biskind's "Easy Riders, Raging Bulls."
— Noah Masterson, WEEKLY ALIBI
So Many Guidebooks... So Little Time! [8]
Finding the right guidebook for your trip to Mexico.
Riding Shotgun [9]
John Plesant Grey probably never saw the gunplay he describes in his memoir, "When All Roads Led To Tombstone," but he's no worse than others who've written long-after-the-fact Tombstone books.
Book Review [10]
Let "A Cook's Tour of Mexico" spice up your tastebuds.
— Nancy Zaslavsky, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
Checkered Future [11]
We hope the emergence of publisher Checker Comics is a promising portent for talented artists and neglected readers alike.
— Mari Wadsworth, TUCSON WEEKLY

Now What? [13]
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.



nstead of discussing this week's articles (scroll up and down to see them), I'd like to share an experience with you book lovers out there:

If you're in any way connected to the book industry, and you ever get the chance to attend the annual Book Expo, don't miss it. Last weekend's Expo in Chicago was phenomenal. Every publishing company, from Bantam-Doubleday and Grove-Atlantic to tiny presses like Juno and the University of Arizona Press, had a booth. Distributors, sellers, authors, journalists, movie-rights scouts and many others were in attendance. Thousands filled a huge auditorium -- it took a full day to walk down every aisle. A frequent utterance: "This is so overwhelming."

Literary-world celebrities? Everywhere. And not just book folk. Sophia Loren did a signing. Even supermodel Stephanie Seymour came to promote her new "Beauty for Dummies" book alongside a fat-skulled Waldo. (Heads turned, and I don't think they were looking at Waldo.) Music labels were also there: Rhino with their retro compilations and lunchboxes, Ryko with their reissues, Ellipsis Arts with their xylophones made out of plumbing. In attendance were companies for comics, toys, sex books, New Age trash, scholastic writings, UFOlogy, CD-ROM innovators, the highly resented Amazon.com in their blue-shirted uniforms....the list goes on.

Through a lucky series of events, this writer somehow ended up in way over his head at a party composed of people who live in another dimension of literacy and success. The phrase "babe in the woods" came to mind repeatedly. (What does one say to the books editor of The New Yorker, anyway? "What's your favorite book"?) The highlight of the evening was making P.J. O'Rourke laugh, politely anyway, with anecdotes about body piercings and the resemblance between Crunch Berries cereal and nipples. Don't ask.

It's also worth noting that at the Firecracker Alternative Book Awards ceremony, "Red Meat" cartoonist Max Cannon (whose web page is designed by Weekly Wire) won a top award. So did the folks at The Onion, promising to continue their rise to world domination. Because no one else was around to claim it, Weekly Wire accepted an award on behalf of Bob Fingerman, for his graphic novel "Minimum Wage Book 2: The Tales of Hoffman." Hey Bob, if you're out there I'd be happy to send the award your way. Let me know.

Mini Reviews
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Speed Reader [12]
"Somewhere in the Night: Film Noir and the American City" by Nicholas Christopher; "Patient" by Ben Watt; "Sacred Journeys in a Modern World" by Roger Housden, and a big book about a big lizard.
— Devin D. O'Leary, Michael Henningsen and todd Gibson, WEEKLY ALIBI

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