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Volume III, Issue 6
August 2 - August 9, 1999  
 
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Fiction
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Satanic Verses [4]
Stacey Richter's "My Date with Satan" is an absorbing collection of mordant stories about goths, cybersex devotees, and believers in UFOs.
— Katherine Guckenberger, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Simply Hideous [5]
His characters may be twisted, but Wallace conveys true joy is in his exhilarating experimental writing style.
— Jeff Yanc, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Vain and Uninteresting New Yorkers [6]
Tama Janowitz's sixth try at book-length fiction is a story suffused with unbelievable, dry diction, underdeveloped characters and metaphors that are all too often weak and convoluted.
— Valerie Yarberry, WEEKLY ALIBI
 

Non-fiction
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Making Connections [7]
James Burke makes wise connections between all sorts of information in "The Knowledge Web."
— Michael Sims, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Well Wed [8]
In "What Is Marriage For?" E.J. Graff embraces a notion that will push buttons on the left and the right: marriage is good for the individual, even the gay individual.
— David Valdes Greenwood, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
The Trailblazer [9]
Dave Marsh offers 1,001 ways to understand rock and soul.
— John Floyd, MEMPHIS FLYER
 
Peltier Bound [10]
In a collection of essays that's part manifesto and part memoir, Leonard Peltier, an inmate serving two life sentences, asserts his innocence.
— Gregory McNamee, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Cibecue Redux [11]
Although "Apache Nightmare" is an excellent, scholarly history, it probably won't appeal to the casual reader.
— Johnny D. Boggs, TUCSON WEEKLY
 

Now What? [15]
Love to read? Need some clever ideas? Our library of resources and staff picks are guaranteed to turn on plenty of mental light bulbs via your electrified eye sockets.
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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

n the stress, grind and bustle of everyday life, it's easy to lose touch with the essentials. Such as books which have held up under long years of intense scrutiny.

This year's crop of Hugo Award candidates is not exactly the nourishing kernel of speculative fiction goodness that we've come to expect from these awards.

James Burke hosts another masterful tour of history, science and culture, and his whimsical turn of mind helps create an enlightening -- but quite painless -- journey.

Plus, Stacey Richter's marginalized and misguided characters, David Foster Wallace's alienated, self-destructive characters, why marriage is good for you, and more.



Features
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Reacquainting Yourself with the "Classics" [2]
So you want to reacquaint yourself with classic literature. Feeling a little rusty? Haven't picked up a book in a while?
— Steven Robert Allen, WEEKLY ALIBI
 
Haranguing the Hugos [3]
This year's Hugo nominees -- supposedly the cream of the speculative fiction crop -- fall short of expectations.
— Adrienne Martini, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 

Mini Reviews
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Book Reviews [12]

  • "30: Pieces of a Novel" by Stephen Dixon
  • "Shy Girl" by Elizabeth Stark
  • "Woman Who Glows in the Dark" by Elena Avila
  • "National Outdoor Leadership School's Wilderness Guide" by Mark Harvey

Off the Bookshelf [13]
  • "flatnessisgod" by Ryan McGinness
  • "No Shame in My Game" by Katherine S. Newman
  • "In September, the Light Changes" by Andrew Holleran
  • "Feel This Book" by Ben Stiller and Janeane Garofalo

Speed Reader [14]
  • "Something Inside: Conversations with Gay Fiction Writers" by Philip Gambone
  • "Solo Variations" by Cassandra Garbus


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