Volume II, Issue 4
July 20 - July 27, 1998


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News & Opinion
Things have gone a little wack-o-rama in the corporate world with everyone apparently trademarking everything. Tom Socca of the Boston Phoenix reports on this business world slugfest. How much is content biased to ownership's POV in news media? Well, lets take a look at Brill's Content--the new magazine claiming to be "the independent voice of the Information Age." [9 articles]





Film & TV
A whole slew of reviews this week, including special sections for Chris Eyre's "Smoke Signals," and the Farrelly Brothers' "There's Something About Mary." Also get the critical takes on Lethal Weapon 4, (Kapow! Blam! Screech,) "Small Soldiers" (Budda! Budda! Ka-Blam!,"The Mask of Zorro," (Boom! Whoosh!,) and many others. Be sure to check Noel Murray and Rob Nelson's review of "A Personal Journey With Martin Scorsese Through American Movies"--a newly available video. [26 articles]





Music
Summer is the time for wild, swinging times. Check in with FW Weekly's Chris Hooper detailing hip music for Lovers Only. The swing movement has hit Boston (and the east coast) like gangbusters and Boston's Matt Ashare tells all. Read about New Orleans' Essence Festival--every year getting bigger and better. Plus a profile of Ingrid Karklins and a review of her new CD, "Red Hand." [18 articles]




Arts & Leisure
Some people call it writer's block. Some call it other words we're not printing here. Tracy Jones writes a compelling piece on having writer's block and what she went through. Ever long for the ga-rooooovy 60's? Click here to find some extremely retro 60's web sites. They're cool and very funny too. Hard to believe, but this week there's even a special section on Soccer. [13 articles]





Books
A new coffee table book serves as beautiful art, a cinema history, and a subtle guide to a nation's changing culture: Charles Ramirez Berg and Rogelio Agrasanchez Jr.'s "Poster Art From the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema." Charles Naful of the Austin Chronicle takes a close look at this extrordinary project. In the fiction section, check the review of Cormac McCarthy's final novel in his so-called Border Trilogy, "Cities of the Plain," and Martin Schenk's horror thriller, "A Small Dark Place." [11 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, and Random Shots. [4 comics]



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