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

Film Vault
One of the all-time best film-review resources on the Web. Sort alphabetically or by publication, genre, director, or date. Check it out!

Red Meat
The most tasteless and twisted comic strip in the world. Featuring the Red Meat Archive, Reader Favorite Archive, and the Meat Conference Forum!

Weekly Wire Xtra
Stand-alone sites for your browsing pleasure: Behind the scenes at Bruce Babbitt's "Department of Ulterior"; A tribute to blues guitarist Rainer Ptácek; Comics from some great unknown cartoonists; Why National Public Radio and political poetry don't mix; and Weekly Wire staff picks from the first 10 issues.

Talk Back
Got the newsgroup blues? Get away from the spammers, scammers, and rapid scrolling of Usenet groups and try our cozy, easy-to-use BBS instead.

Info Booth
This is your one-stop shop for communicating with Weekly Wire. From here you can email the staff, check our latest press releases, read our FAQ, and find general information about Weekly Wire and its content partners.

Weekly Wire... alternative abundance in a pithy package

News & Opinion
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]

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]

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]

Come down from your Staggering Heights and get to the Red Meat of the matter with this swell set of cartoons that also includes Eye of the Beholder, K. Rat, and Random Shots. [5 comics]

All the contributors to Weekly Wire, along with other AAN (Association of Alternative Newsweeklies) publications, can be read from this one easily accessible spot. Strongly recommended for bookmarking. [107 newspapers]

  • Austin Chronicle
  • Boston Phoenix
  • Chicago NewCityNet
  • Gambit Weekly
  • Memphis Flyer
  • Metro Pulse
  • Nashville Scene
  • Salt Lake City Weekly
  • Tucson Weekly
  • Weekly Alibi http://aan.org/gbase/Aan/publicationDirectory
  • Search & Archives
    Search the archives using the form below or browse through them by issue, author, or column.

    Enter one or more keywords to search for:

    Last Issue Current Issue Next Issue

    © 1995-99 DesertNet, LLC . Info Booth . Powered by Dispatch