Pride on Ice
Iceland really is the land of fairies, but the reality of acceptance may be even more frightening than the dream.

Trumania
The reviews are in on Peter Weir's "The Truman Show." The verdict? Jim Carrey stuck inside a big, phony bubble is a very good thing indeed.

Father Figure
Eugene Bassham has seen more than any 18-year-old ever should have, and he wants others to learn from his lessons.

Going to Market
Like most musicians, country artists don't much care for red tape. The Internet has given them a way around it -- and allowed for success they never dreamed of.

Bikini Girls With Machine Guns
Coury Turczyn attends this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo in Atlanta to see what all the buzz is about.

Volume I, Issue 54
June 15 - June 22, 1998

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Introduction: Smells Like Team Spirit
What will happen when hundreds of poets descend upon Austin in the middle of August?
Spike Gillespie

Gin and Condoms Everywhere
The memoirs of veteran Slammer and Spanker Wammo.
Wammo

Handicapper's Guide
Picking out the favorites of the more than 40 teams going head to head to head in this year's Nationals.
Michael Bertin


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It's all about conflicts. A struggling, often-homeless teen father battles his own lack of guidance. A judge fights against political correctness so that pariah Clarence Thomas can be included in legal debates. Environmentalists, government and big business come to blows over an endangered salamander. Educators butt heads over bilingual education. And Microsoft goes to war against anti-trust laws again, and again, and again. Plus: Columnists weigh in on everything from tupperware to head colds to Clinton's need for Viagra's opposite. [12 articles]





Film & TV
Just back from vacation? Here's a summer-movie preview, in case you're not up on the latest in slick celluloid. Speaking of which: We've got three reviews of "The Truman Show," a movie that egregiously miscasts Jim Carrey as the only person in his entire world who isn't acting. A look back at Peter Weir's previous films discovers the director's path leading up to "Truman." In other reviews, here's the scoop on "A Perfect Murder," "Six Days, Seven Nights," "Kurt and Courtney," "Hope Floats," and more! [17 articles]





Music
What musical artist defined the early '90s? Some would say it was Kurt Cobain. Others might say it was Garth Brooks. The "others" speak. Also: Thanks to the Internet, you don't have to cut miles of red tape to release an album -- you just put it online! Profiles dig into the charismatic personas behind Tito Puente, Gary Allan, and Ray Barretto. And: Album reviewers make noise about new works from Chris Knight, GVSB, Pulp, Grant Lee Buffalo, a variety of black country artists, and a heckuva lot more. [15 articles]




Arts & Leisure
What's the best way for gays to escape the heat -- both vacation- and prejudice-wise? By escaping to the brrrroad-minded world of Iceland, of course. But travelers of all orientations can get cool in the United States, too -- as long as they don't mind hallucinating huge Krazy Straws and slabs of bacon in the claustrophobic underworld. In other summer news, here's the latest on ridiculously redundant video games, wildly weird designer drinks, and cookbooks for cuckoos. Not to mention what's new in the worlds of theatre and visual arts... [10 articles]





Books
Is Norman Mailer's enormous ego justified? He certainly thinks so, and he's got 1,300 pages of audacious passages to prove it. How well does the iconoclast measure up? Plus: Gay writer Christian McLaughlin does a Rumplestiltskin by weaving trash into transcendence; Richard "Clockers" Price delivers another detailed racial thriller; Cormac McCarthy brings his Border Trilogy to a grandiose close; Timothy Green's "Twilight Boy" gets a thumbs down from a real boy; Octavio Paz's poems remain as powerful as ever; a non-fiction work explains why women's work is never done; and more! [10 articles]




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