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Lather Up
Eventually you're going to have to wash. And when you do, soap will help. But which soap?
Wayne Alan Brenner

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Volume III, Issue 6
August 2 - August 9, 1999

News & Opinion

Rather than sitting passively while the sun shines, we ought to find a way to generate electricity and free us from the grip of power company monopolies. Memphis' largest music store exists only on the Web, but its success is real. With a little effort you can find soap made by businesses that are made by the personal hygiene equivalent of microbreweries. Also, grief for JFK Jr. and the Kennedy legacy, veggie murder, Bush's campaign millions, and more.

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Film & TV

Take a trip to the video store and you can spend the summer enjoying the beach... via the movies. Andrew Fleming's new film, "Dick," is a comedy of errors about the Nixon White House. A documentary about Selena takes a Latina feminist perspective. Plus, more horrified reactions to "The Blair Witch Project" and its big-budget competition "The Haunting," Emmy nominations, and more.

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Serious music collectors can now look for treasures in used CD stores on the Internet. Summer Session '99 delivers its solution to an overdose of commercialized music festivals. Hip-hop compilations seem to outnumber full-length albums. Plus, reviews of albums from Freedy Johnston and Sam Rivers, and more.

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Arts & Leisure

Southern Girl Convention
Cruising Seattle
Cocktail Culture
Barroom Call
Broccoli Cookbook
and more...

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It's easy to lose touch with the essentials, so here's a guide to some books which have held up under long years of intense scrutiny. On the other hand, this year's Hugo Award candidates are not the shining examples of speculative fiction goodness we might expect. James Burke hosts another enlightening tour of history, science and culture. Plus, why marriage is good for you, 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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