Volume I, Issue 52
June 1 - June 8, 1998

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News & Opinion
More religious conflict: Southern Baptists go to war with homosexuals who want to join the flock, in spite of what the Bible says; while elsewhere Baptists and Mormons duke it out. Speaking of the Bible, why are some areas experiencing a plague of locusts? (Pardon me, "cicadas.") Also: Has the Internet contributed to some kind of revolution, or just devolution? Should the makers of violent films be held liable for impressionable copycat killers? These and other questions answered within. [11 articles]

Film & TV
Who knew Godzilla had such a great publicist? Interviews with Dean Devlin, Matthew Broderick and even Harry Shearer give the big lizard's exposure even more of a boost. Had your filla of Godzilla? Check out these guides to the summer's other films. Plus: An interview with writer/director Whit Stillman; a report on Cannes '98; peeks at upcoming TV pilots; a fresh take on "Teletubbies"; reviews of "Bulworth," "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," "Taste of Cherry," and much more! [23 articles]

Frank Sinatra didn't just croon, he also emoted -- as this rundown of his film roles shows. Speaking of musicians on celluloid, a look behind the scenes finds country music (and other) soundtracks hotter than ever. Plus: What's new in the world of electronica and turntabling? Surveys of several Austin, Texas artists provide a clue. Also: Updates on the lives and work of Jeff Buckley, The Amor-Belhôm Duo, Callifone, The Floating Men; multitudes of reviews; and copious concert chat. [15 articles]

Arts & Leisure
Vacation time! And what better place for relajación and diversión than the country of Mexico? We've got articles about every Mexican getaway from Isla Mujeres, to Tuxpan, to Cabo San Lucas, to Akumkal, to Copper Canyon. There's even a photo essay and restaurant guide. No lo venga mucho mejor que ese! Plus: photo poems and painted music, the deliciously organic shapes of the sea, and Viktor Slavkin's grand new play in the spirit of Chekov. [12 articles]

Why did Barbara Bonds step down from her post as president of the American Booksellers Association? We know why. Plus: Reviews of Nick Hornby's "About a Boy," V. Vale's "Swing: The New Retro Renaissance," Melissa Holbrook Pierson's "The Perfect Vehicle," Philippe Bourgois' "In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio," Lonely Planet Publications' great guidebooks, Peter Biskind's "Easy Riders, Raging Bulls," Checker Comics, and more! [11 articles]

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. [6 comics]

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