July 21 - July 28, 1997

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News & Opinion
Find out why journalist Gary Webb's "Dark Alliance" series, about the roots of the crack trade in black ghettos, elicited a firestorm of criticism from the nation's elite newspapers. Also: a writer examines the deep-rooted culture of Southern whiskey stills; a scientist discovers that prairie dogs talk to each other in complex sentences; and a columnist dissects the confounding patterns of love. [13 articles]

Film & TV
Among other burning questions: How Johnny Hardwick helps FOX-TV's King of the Hill series stay on top of the hill; why viewers who see Nothing to Lose have nothing to gain (three reviews); and how Contact loses touch by equating aliens with paterfamilias. Also: reviews of Hollow Reed, Mother Night, and numerous video releases. [14 articles]

What are the dynamics of pop-music revivalism? An article about the oncoming return to '80s-style music maps out the patterns. (Everybody "wang chung" tonight!) And: if you've ever wanted to know exactly what happens when you play The Wizard of Oz and Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" simultaneously, we've got the spooky answers. [14 articles]

Arts & Leisure
From the primitive Venus of Willendorf fertility goddess to the photorealistic nudes of the 19th-century French Academy, artists are constantly reimagining the female form. An exhibit continues that trend, while a new Georgia O'Keeffe museum tells its own flowery tale. Also: Can a restaurant based on '70s bad taste expect to succeed? [9 articles]

Thomas Pynchon's novel Mason & Dixon challenges the reader with prose that's elegant and ambitious -- but not always reader-friendly. Other reviews touch on works by N. Scott Momaday, Roger Gallo, Jennifer Harbury, and Blake Nelson. Plus: an inkwell of short-fiction winners from Austin, Texas. [7 articles]

Why nibble on Peanuts when you can gorge on Red Meat? [7 comics]

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