July 28 - August 4, 1997

Weekly Wire Xtra We're christening our new Xtra section with an essay by poet Martin Espada, who learned the hard way that not All Things are Considered in the halls of National Public Radio.

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News & Opinion
Articles about computers in schools, new AIDS wonder drugs, and the recent conference at the Fisk Race Relations Institute reveal truths more complex than most care to confront. The one, un-complicated exception is a story explaining the cause of the mysterious U.F.O.s appearing over Phoenix last year. Plus: gruff columnists serve up some cold reality. [10 articles]

Film & TV
A columnist combats the stereotyping of Jimmy Stewart and Robert Mitchum, while a book reviewer discovers enlightening perspectives on men and women in Hollywood history. Plus: Four write-ups on Jackie Chan's new flick, and several more on Temptress Moon, Ulee's Gold, Air Force One, George of the Jungle, and even The Bicycle Thief. [14 articles]

Retro, retro, everwhere you look: From '70s rappers to would-be Hank Williams clones, from anthropological reissues to primitive performers Crash Worship, the not-necessarily-vicious circle of revivalism keeps on spinning. Plus: reviews of albums by XTC, The Prodigy, Michael Penn, and more... [14 articles]

Arts & Leisure
A longtime fan says his fond goodbyes to TV traveller Charles Kuralt; another fan commemorates the reality-blurring performance art of anarchistic comedian Andy Kaufman. Also: What is -- and why is -- mail art? Plus reviews of several art shows, photo exhibits, and (mostly) humorous theatrical productions. [11 articles]

Read how Peter Rock's This is the Place destroys its own clout with an ill-conceived dust jacket, Peter Whitmer's The Inner Elvis explains the King's fondness for watching teen girls wrestle in their underwear, and Richard Ford's Women with Men captures the numbness created by day-to-day existence. Plus: reviews of four new detective novels. [9 articles]

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

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