Weekly Wire
Volume I, Issue 55
June 22 - June 29, 1998  
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Tried and True [3]
An interview with writer, radio host, and political firebrand Jim Hightower.
What's in a Name? [6]
Jim plays word association.
Juneteenth Reviews [4]
Reviews of books about the civil war and civil rights.
Making Sense of Jasper [5]
Books about the history of lynching.
Rites And Wrongs [7]
Americans, it seems, have always loved to play Indian.
— Gregory McNamee, TUCSON WEEKLY
Wild Prescription [8]
You won't get any snake oil in Karen Tanner's tome on the life of Doc Holliday.
— Emil Franzi, TUCSON WEEKLY
Growing Pains [9]
Roy Blount Jr.'s mother loved him to pieces. His problem is putting them back together.
— Leonard Gill, MEMPHIS FLYER

Now What? [10]
Love to read? Need some clever ideas? Our library of resources and staff picks are guaranteed to turn on plenty of mental light bulbs via your electrified eye sockets.



his week we may be a little short on new fiction, but that's countered by some very cool non-fiction releases.

Jim Hightower is a Texas institution. No doubt that description would seriously irk the guy, but...hey, he is! Liberal politico, radio personality and writer--Hightower is one busy dude. His new book, There's Nothing in the Middle of the Road but Yellow Stripes and Dead Armadillos really gives it to corporatization, consumerism, the media, current economic theory--the list goes on. Read about his history, his new book and you can also see him play word association too.

The tragedy in Jasper, Texas underlines the importance of Leon Litwak's Trouble in Mind: Black Southerners in the Age of Jim Crow. While detailing the black person's life experience in the south between 1880 and 1920, Litwak, a blues fan, uses the music lyrics to illustrate the black's plight. This review is just one of a number of books on segragation in the south reviewed here. Also be sure to check out the review of Tony Horwitz's Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches f rom the Unfinished Civil War. Horwitz examines the cult of Civil War "re-enactors" and seriously examines the way the ex-confederacy views the Civil War in present day. We're talking fascinating here, folks.

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Road to Redemption [2]
Keith Ridgeway's "The Long Falling".
— Brendan Doherty, WEEKLY ALIBI

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