Volume I, Issue 53
June 8 - June 15, 1998


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News & Opinion
Sane or insane? An orderly at a mental-health facility provides a first-person account of his crazy job, while a big, shirtless man walks the streets getting reactions to his uncovered belly. Elsewhere tens of thousands of freaky hippies prepare to invade a forest, columnists debate whether it's the heat or the humidity, a grown man laments a childhood spelling-bee loss, and a computer guru tortures himself over the ethics of spam. Plus: Gays say goodbye to Goldwater, female politicians dress up, and more! [10 articles]





Film & TV
Trumania, Trumania: In a couple of interviews, "Truman Show" director Peter Weir explains why he enjoys the confines of his creative bubble; while two reviews give the movie itself a perky thumbs-up. Also: Has Leonardo DiCaprio gone mad? Can the new "Lolita" movie do Nabokov's storytelling powers justice? What does "Almost Heroes" say about the death of Chris Farley? How well does Sandra Bullock's performance buoy "Hope Floats"? All this, and a look back at the films of Albert Brooks, too. [21 articles]





Music
Dwight Yoakam -- a respectable country singer turned actor, or just full of hokum? That's what this interview attempts to ascertain. Plus: The pleasantly unchallenging funkiness of the Dave Matthews band; the eccentric Japanese pop savant Cornelius; the rough-and-tumble roster of Mississippi's Fat Possum Records; the smoky, sultry smoothness of several Miles Davis reissues; the too-good-for-the-pizza-parlour organ versatility of Carter, Scofield, and Previte; and album reviews galore! [13 articles]




Arts & Leisure
Give the Macarena a rest already, and get back to the good stuff: flamenco. An interview examines the history of this vibrant art form. Also: The blistering truth about poison ivy meets the low-down on desert survival. Some site-specific mid-air humanoid art tries to out-wow some jazzy, glow-in-the-dark optical sculpture. "Godspell" goes head to head with "Our Town" while musicals about parenthood and beauty pageants compete to see which is funnier. Then there's those boarding-school murders....read about all of the above right here. [9 articles]





Books
Somebody's gone and updated James Agee's "Knoxville: Summer 1915," and you'll find the new, improved (?) version here. Interested in other reading? We've got two guides to enjoyable summer books -- enough to sustain you through many a lotion-soaked sun bath. Plus: Interviews with Seamus Deane and London obit writer Kate Summerscale get to the heart of their unusual work, while reviews of Isaac Bahivis Singer's "Shadows on the Hudson" and some non-fiction works about Bobby Kennedy and maverick women round out the mix. [10 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. [8 comics]



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