Volume II, Issue 1
June 29 - July 6, 1998

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News & Opinion
Highlighting just one article from the Austin Chronicle's special issue on East Austin, Mary Jane Garza tells of one group's effort to build a Plaza for the East Austin District. Is the stock market's bullish state false? Stephen Porter takes a look. Plus high tech ancient Native American sandals? Yup. [12 articles]

Film & TV
"Gone With The Wind's" restoration, digitalized sound track, and re-release leads things off this week. Three mondo reviews of the X-Files film, plus interviews with Steven Soderbergh ("Out of Sight") and David Leland ("Land Girls"). Don't miss Psychic Movie Predicitions, a John Cassevettes retrospective and more... [25 articles]

What do you have when you have a French singer pretending to be an American pretending to be French? The guy's name is DJ Dimitri and his first US release is "Sacrebleu". Read about it. Mississippi's Malaco Records may not be well known, but this blues label's been keepin' on with great artists like Little Milton. [18 articles]

Arts & Leisure
The world is still in the grip of World Cup Soccer fever? Will the U.S. ever fall in? What can we learn from international soccer competition. The Boston Phoenix's Jeffrey Gantz reports. When does Interactive Theater get too interactive and what happens? Plus prison inmates discover the World Wide Web, Vidalia onions, and the crucible that is Miniature Golf. [9 articles]

This week brings you a Mystery/Crime novel and author round-up. Good information for figuring out what book you're taking with you on that trip to the lake next week. Think noir is blah? Check the two reviews of Anne Carson's "The Autobiography of Red". If non-fiction is more your style, there's Jim McDougal's posthumous "Arkansas Mischief: The Birth of a National Scandal". [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 Mueller, Eye of the Beholder, K. Rat, and Random Shots. [6 comics]

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