Volume II, Issue 5
July 27 - August 3, 1998

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News & Opinion
Everyone would like a new car, right? Well, if you ask financial oracle and radio talk show host, Dave Ramsey, he'll say you're crazy if you do. Read about it in Get Used To It. Just because you don't hear about the horrors of crack cocaine, doesn't mean it has gone away. One family's disintegration is told in An American Tale. Don't miss the Metro Pulse article on Tennessee's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the amazing work being done there. [10 articles]

Film & TV
This week, two acclaimed summer films opened. Hard to believe, but true, kids. Read the raves here on "Saving Private Ryan" and "The Mask of Zorro." You'll find bliss in an Austin Chronicle article on summer film revivals. Be sure to check it out. Videos-A-Go-Go's topic this week is "perversion" and they pick some lulus. [17 articles]

It's tough to keep any kind of band together. This week, consider the story of one of Austin's finest groups, Storyville. Austin Chonicle's Andy Langer has done an exhaustive job going back through this venerable band's history and bringing it to the present and their new CD, Dog Years. From a band still plugging away, we move to one that's hung it up--Bikini Kill. First a review of their final farewell, "The Singles" followed by a remembrance of this punk group's first east coast tour. Plus lots more. [18 articles]

Arts & Leisure
Michael Ventura examines all manner of taboos--from cultural to the intimate ones between two people in "Letters At 3AM." This week we have gallery reviews of the work of Judy Jensen and Nancy Graves. You'll also find about some interesting web sites you'll "discover" if you mistakenly put in the wrong URL. There's sports talk, food talk, and dating talk too. [9 articles]

Photography seems to be weighing in heavy here, this week. The new "1968: Magnum Throughout The World" is a gorgeous cloth bound testament to photography as profound "time capsule." A new book from photgrapher Nan Goldin, "Ten Years After," and the reissue of Robert Frank's "The Americans" are both examined here as well. This is just a taste. You'll have to check the section for more goodies... [7 articles]

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. [6 comics]

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