Volume II, Issue 3
July 13 - July 20, 1998


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News & Opinion
Ever wondered just what exactly is Amway? FW Weekly's Paula Felps reports on the very shadowy business in Inside ScAmway. Guns--who needs to have them? After a series of mass shootings by children, the U.S. is asking why? From what Memphis's Jim Hanas says, the answer is a simple one. Thomas Hampton, a Chicago Private Investigator, has infiltrated both the mob and the KKK in his long career. Read about it here. [17 articles]





Film & TV
We've got plenty of reviews of summer fare for you this week. Plus an interview with the Farrelly brothers--the makers of "Dumb and Dumber" and "Kingpin." They're back with "Something About Mary," and to talk about their style. Joe Leydon of FW Weekly compares Steven Soderbergh's "Out Of Sight" with the other filmed attempts at Elmore Leonard's novels. Meet the woman who wrote, directed, shot, and edited such grindhouse hits as "Bad Girls Go To Hell" and "Nudes On The Moon," Doris Wishman! [22 articles]





Music
Billy Bragg and Wilco have made the first Woody Guthrie album in 50 years with the consent and assistance of Guthrie's daughter, Nora. Through her, Bragg wrote songs from a box full of Woody's lyrics. The result is "Mermaid Avenue." Just how much control does country music giant Garth Brooks wield in Nashville? Is he a good guy or just plain power mad? Nashville Scene's Michael McCall takes a look. Plus reviews and more profiles. [25 articles]




Arts & Leisure
It's quite a mix this week. We've got more debate over soccer and the World Cup here, a list of cook books emphasizing the science of cooking, an Austin writer travelling to Roswell N.M. to groove on the ET connection and a Memphis writer travelling to experience the rodeo. Whoa!! And don't forget Barbie--read about the PBS documentary airing this week: "Barbie Nation: An Unauthorized Tour." [12 articles]





Books
A remembrance of Carlos Castaneda is featured by an Austin writer who met him not once--but twice. Anne Rice writes about the city she loves most: New Orleans. Reviews include a new exploration of the OJ Simpson case, Martin J. Smith's new thriller, "Shadow Image," the acclaimed "Bridget Jones's Diary," "The Comedy Writer," by Peter Farrelly and more! [10 articles]




Comics
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. [7 comics]



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