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The Body is the Music

The Body is the Music
Whether you call it Middle Eastern dance, Raqs sharqi, Oriental dance, the dance form formerly known as "bellydance" is a real art form.
Barbejoy A. Ponzio

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


Volume III, Issue 7
August 9 - August 16, 1999

News & Opinion

No theory or statistical sample has yielded a conclusive explanation of why some people assault, maim, rape, and murder, but a new book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Rhodes attempts to do just that. Amnesty International has chosen police brutality in America as its main issue for 1999 and Chicago is dealing with several high-profile cases. Hemingway's critics talk a lot about his life and a little about his style, but they steer clear of his vision because of the ruthless demands it makes upon one's integrity. Plus, opposing development, water heaters, and more.

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Film & TV

"The Iron Giant" is one of the best, coolest animated features of the year, and we've got interviews with the film's screenwriter and director. "Mystery Men" is gleefully, goofily over-the-top, and William H. Macy stars as one of the oddball heroes. Plus, a Web site offers examples of how a good TV series can gone wrong in a single episode, complaints by Hispanics about their representation on television, reviews of "The Thomas Crown Affair" remake, "Dick," and more.

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The Newport Jazz and Folk festivals launched the concept of the music festival as we've come to know it. Latin music is spicy-hot once more, thanks to longtime stalwarts pianist Chucho Valdes and vocalist Ibrahim Ferrer. The Flaming Lips' peers and predecessors have broken up or dissolved, but The Lips just keep getting better. Also, Los Lobos, Robyn Hitchcock, femme rock, and more.

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Arts & Leisure

The Body is the Music
It's Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature
A Hundred Years of Qualitude
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More than 1,700 romance authors, agents and publishing execs gathered for the Nineteenth Annual Romance Writers of America national conference, a whirlwind of workshops covering everything from sex scenes to crime scenes. Josh Russell has performed alchemy of sorts with his first novel, "Yellow Jack," a work of terrible beauty. Gore Vidal's sexual politics look fair at first, but it becomes clear that he is impatient with the dictates of a majority he despises. Also, the lives of saints, comic terror, the "Dictionary of Science Fiction Places," 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 K. Rat and Random Shots.

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