Arts Afire
How did Robert Hughes turn his PBS series American Visions from a show-and-tell presentation into a probing look at the American spirit? A thoughtful examination of Hughes' life and methods reveals why the Time critic's status as an outsider allowed him the freedom to merge anthropology, historical detail and personal observation into one of the best art documentaries to ever grace public television.
Eaten Alive!
An unfortunate scrape on the hand, a slight woozy feeling -- guess what? You may be hours away from getting Eaten Alive! This grisly, unsettling tale of a man's near-fatal battle against a bacteria called necrotizing fasciitis is guaranteed to get under your skin, as well as many other places you don't want it.
Time Bombed
A Calgon bath won't remedy it. Nor will a day minder, a second alarm clock, or a handful of methamphetamines. Indeed, our society's insistence on a fast-paced, superficially forward-moving mindset seems to be a disease with no cure. But some groups are fighting back -- at their own pace, of course. Time Bombed explores this controversy over life's proper tempo.

June 20 - July 1, 1997

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Hurry up and read Time Bombed, an in-depth article about our society's devastating overemphasis on speed and convenience, and the many ways people are fighting back. Weird Science puts a noted scientist under the microscope and discovers that he, contrary to stereotypes, has a creative streak a parsec wide. (11 articles)

Film & TV
Find out why: Speed 2: Cruise Control deserves an honor as this summer's Waterworld, Robert Hughes' PBS series American Visions deserves to be re-run, Message to Love: The Isle of Wight Festival reveals the sham of the Woodstock ideal, and Angel Baby turns schizophrenic love into sublimely painful cinema. Also: A refreshingly sarcastic Summer Movie Preview! (16 articles)

A heavy emphasis on country music this week, with articles on such topics as: country do's and don'ts, the top 10 albums of 1997 so far, commercial jingles by famous country artists, home-spun record labels, and such high-integrity artists as James McMurty. In the non-country realm, we've got stories about Link Wray, Yo La Tengo, Guided By Voices, and Grover Washington Jr., among many others. And then, of course, there's the album reviews... (16 articles)

Arts & Leisure
What's the best show on TV this summer? If you said reruns of Seinfeld and The Simpsons, you may be in need of a new brightness knob. The correct response is P.O.V., the documentary series on PBS. An article provides details. Also: Andrew Wyeth's Helga and John Waters' Divine - how are they connected? We've got the answer. And why is an artist known as "The Phantom of Park City" leaving large metal sculptures in key city locations? (11 articles)

Find out how Naked, a collection of laugh-out-loud memoirs by David Sedaris, stretches the truth in order to tell the truth about the author's obsessive-compulsive childhood. Also: The Beacon Book of Essays by Contemporary Women pins down burning questions about feminism, marriage, and the difference between "penis" and the "phallus." And Take the Rich Off Welfare questions how the Pentagon could "lose" $28 billion in taxpayer money. (9 articles)

Why nibble on Peanuts when you can gorge on Red Meat? (7 comics)

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