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Something About Kubrick
Love him or hate him, Stanley Kubrick and his work meant something to this culture, and his death has us racing to define their significance.
Marjorie Baumgarten

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Volume III, Issue 5
July 26 - August 2, 1999

News & Opinion

Dayton Hudson Corporation wants to turn Target into a national brand, but the company is facing allegations of sweatshop conditions in factories that supply it. Northern Maine has seen a dramatic increase recently in methamphetamine trafficking and use. Wrestler Jerry "the King" Lawler would like to hang up his leotards in order to become mayor of Memphis. Plus, the meaning of humanity, a conversation about dying, poverty in Tucson, and more.

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Film & TV

From his death to the opening of "Eyes Wide Shut," filmmaker Stanley Kubrick was the subject of essays and conversations. His final film is reviewed from from Boston, Tucson, Memphis, Nashville, and Knoxville. The NAACP recently pointed out that none of the 25 new shows on the big four networks this fall has an African-American in the lead. Plus, "Run Lola Run" is the subject of two reviews, and more.

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Jane Bunnett and her Spirits of Havana still run into red tape when travelling with the Afro-Cuban group. Two Tucson musicians are in Chamber Music America's Rural Residence Program. The intangible quality of Gram Parson's music remains elusive, as an ill-fitting tribute shows. Also, a Red House Painters retrospective, Germany's new "Teutonic boom," and more.

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Arts & Leisure

History Lesson
Looking for Memphis
Hard Pressed
Ahead of the Game
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Ernest Hemingway's "True At First Light" has attracted a dense thicket of controversy, but little attention has been spent on the editor, Patrick Hemingway, his motives, his workings and his memories. Other volumes are also being published to mark the 100th anniversary of the author's birth. Bruce Sterling's universe is dire and fraught with a Big Brother-like power structure, but there's still plenty of fun. Plus, hubristic efforts of mere mortals to create life, Navajo tribal college press, and more.

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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.

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