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Postmodern P.I.

Postmodern P.I.
Dennis Lehane talks about why his detective protagonist is unlike other brooding Marlowes.
Jesse Sublett

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Volume II, Issue 51
June 14 - June 21, 1999

News & Opinion

The Web is a communications phenomenon, but the frenzy doesn't appear to include journalism. The word "feminist" is pretty much taboo at Becoming an Outdoorswoman workshops. A Supreme Court decision on media presence during a police search may endanger the First Amendment. Plus, features on urban sprawl and a new program for controlling gangs in prisons, and columns about swearing, lusting after Jack Lord, and more.

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Film & TV

Shagadelic, baby! Austin Powers is back in the house, and we have reviews of "The Spy Who Shagged Me" from Boston, Austin, and Nashville. John Sayles's new film, "Limbo," is also playing. There are reviews from Chicago and Austin, and a report from the set of "Limbo." Also, reviews of "A Stranger in the Kingdom," "Conceiving Ada," and "Get Real," HBO's "Sex and the City" series, and more.

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The New York City funk label Desco has cranked out a series of releases on the premise that James Brown is the alpha and the omega of music. What Gloria Stavers did as editor-in-chief of teen idol magazine "16" forever altered the female psyche in America. A new release of field recordings vividly illustrates how emancipated African-American culture and musical traditions of white America came together to form the cornerstones of bluegrass, country, and folk music. Also, profiles of Brian Wilson and Duke Robillard, reviews of short punk tunes, and much more.

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Arts & Leisure

Culinary Nonfiction
Classic Video Games
Hoop Dreams
and more...

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The dark riffs in Dennis Lehane's detective series are there to make you think, as our interview makes clear. Published five years after his death, Ralph Ellison's "Juneteenth" tells the stories of a racist senator from the North and a black preacher from the South. In Jhumpa Lahiri's first collection of short stories, she changes cultural perspective as easily as a bilingual speaker shifts languages. Edith Anderson's "Love in Exile" is a gold mine of information about postwar German political history. Also, books on Jesus, Mark Twain, the craft of poetry, 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 Mueller, Eye of the Beholder, K. Rat and Random Shots.

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