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Writing 'Rebel'

Writing 'Rebel'
Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Stewart Stern remembers writing Rebel Without a Cause: "I was caught up in the same kind of fervency and speed that the characters were."
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Volume III, Issue 52
June 19 - June 26, 2000

News & Opinion

Nashville is revamping how it handles drug-related crime. Ethnic Albanian journalists from Kosova visit Albuquerque to study free elections and the relationship between press and government. Monitoring and maintaining the Colorado River in Central Texas. Also, commuter rail transit in Tennessee, one of Chicago's ethnic bathhouses, the genesis of Juneteenth, and more.

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Film & TV

"Gladiator" may be rewarded come Oscar time, but "Mission: Impossible 2" is both superior entertainment and superior art. Stewart Stern haunted L.A.'s Juvenile Hall until he found the characters to populate "Rebel Without a Cause." The real substance of "Pop and Me" emerges in the relationship between director Chris Roe and his father. Also, projection-artist Luke Savisky, the new "Shaft," and more.

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Some think the New Era began with Sam Phillips. The music scene in Monterrey, Mexico, is growing exponentially. Alejandro Escovedo's family has been an integral part of his musical career, and now his first foray into theater continues that tradition. Plus, Chesney and McGraw fight the law, maverick label Rooster Blues is back in business, Jamaican supergroup Skatalites, and more.

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Arts & Leisure

Bitter Pleasures
A Lost Knight
Six Degrees of Ron Berry
and more...

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His deadpan humor, wry social commentary, and shameless bitchery have led critics to mention David Sedaris in the same breath as Mark Twain, James Thurber, and Dorothy Parker. Aleksandar Hemon, a native of the former Yugoslavia, has written a collection of stories which range from the surreal to the all-too-bloody real. The bourgeois bohemians (bobos) are running America these days. Plus, a darkly humorous metaphysical satire from Tim Parks, 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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