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Volume III, Issue 50
June 5 - June 12, 2000

News & Opinion

When Gabriell Dollie Wiley moved to Salome in 1937, with her whores and her fifth husband, she must've believed she'd found her Eden. Through a unique jobs program that Albuquerque businesses have with the Association for Retarded Citizens of America (ARCA), 21 companies have placed 51 people in part-time jobs. Nomar Garciaparra is the reason women who could not care less about baseball are following the Boston Red Sox. Also, whistling no more, keeping an eye on the children, and more.

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Film & TV

The Cannes Film Festival is perceived as being hostile to mainstream American movies. How did Hollywood fare this year? It would be nice if the money spent on "Mission: Impossible 2" were put to use to eliminate malaria or something. Worse than TV sweeps weeks are the long summer months. Thank goodness there's cable television! Plus, "Committed," "Bossa Nova," and more.

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Samplers and home studios have made precocious musical talent so commonplace that even the brightest quickly grow bored. All of you hepcats who know who played bass with the third edition of King Crimson can rejoice, your time has come. Modest Mouse shows you can take the independent rock band off the indie label, but you'll never quite get rid of the indie ethos. Plus, Edie Brickell, Aimee Mann, Blackalicious, and more.

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Arts & Leisure

Raiding the Fridge
Hitting the Sauce
The King of Hops Returns
Playwright of Passage
and more...

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The joys and limitations of mothering are just about all that propel the new novel from Jayne Anne Phillips. There are no tricks to Charles Baxter's prose. Pico Iyer's "Global Soul" profiles a new kind of world citizen. Also, new stories from Russell Banks, a novel in short stories from Elissa Schappell, and 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 K. Rat and Random Shots.

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