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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

A lthough he can't legally order a beer for three more years, Eric Smith is already considered a national expert on advanced Internet technology, as evidenced by recent mentions in "The Washington Post" and the online magazine "Salon."

The sharp diminishment of what Robert Putnam calls "social capital" -- voter participation, club meetings, voluntary groups, church functions and visits with friends and relatives -- is turning the average American into an island in a sea of alienation.

Not even a complete viewing of the Mad Max trilogy would be adequate preparation for the sensory assault of a demolition derby. Within a minute of the opening gun, the track becomes car-mageddon.

Also, protecting the Mississippi River and Texas's reputation, savoring naps, and more.


Columns
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Letters at 3AM [8]
Follow the yellow brick road to Wounded Knee in this account of L. Frank Baum's effort to tame the untamable.
— Michael Ventura, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Sparks Flying [9]
If you want electrical wiring to be safe, you gotta spend money fixing it.
— Walter Jowers, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Every Now and Then [10]
2000 BMW M5 sport sedan.
— Marc K. Stengel, NASHVILLE SCENE
 

Teeny Tidbits
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Mr. Smarty Pants [11]
Walk softly, and carry a still stick.
— Mr. Smarty Pants, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Now What? [12]
Can't get enough news? You're in luck -- more news is created every day. Our Now What? page offers a plethora of recommended links to help keep you living in the present.
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Volume IV, Issue 5
July 24 - July 31, 2000  

Features
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Revenge of the Nerd [2]
He has a mohawk hairdo and 16 body piercings, and he can't legally buy a beer for three more years, but he's leading a group of Nashvillians into the new century's computer age.
— Michael Sims, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Joiners No More [3]
America is a land of lonely bowlers.
— Tamara Straus, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Seek. Destroy. Enjoy. [4]
Sometimes there's a fine line between sport and sideshow. Exhibit one: Demolition derby.
— Andrew Weiner, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
A Tug of War [5]
Environmentalists and the U.S. Corps of Engineers are at odds over the Mississippi River.
— Andrew Wilkins, MEMPHIS FLYER
 
Naked City [6]
Saying they're tired of seeing Texas portrayed negatively by Al Gore and in the press, six prominent Texans have formed the Proud of Texas Committee to speak out against such "misrepresentations."
— Erica C. Barnett, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
The Majestic Napster [7]
In this time of 30-second Happy Meals and 10-minute workouts, Jay Hardwig finds a better way to spend his time: napping.
— Jay Hardwig, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 

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