Volume II, Issue 8
August 17 - August 24, 1998

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Ride NASA's "Vomit Comet" with a high school physics class and watch as they experience zero g, double g, and stomach distress in "Heavenly Hurl." In 1989 a man was convicted of first degree sexual assault on his daughter and got 6 months in the county jail with probation. This July, the same man received 12 years in a penitentiary for the killing of five cats. Read "Cat Killer." We have a mini-section devoted to computers, and of special note--don't miss the article on the so-called "millenium bug." Computers; don't ya just love 'em? [14 articles]

Film & TV
Brian De Palma returns with the high tech thriller, "Snake Eyes ." Read a profile of De Palma's work in "The Life of Brian." Indie director Hal Hartley is back with "Henry Fool" and judging from the reviews here, it's one not to miss. You'll also find one writer who isn't buying into the critical raves for "The Opposite of Sex." Want more? Reviews of "The Governess," "Halloween H20," and an interview covering "The Decline of Western Civilization Pt. 3," to name a few that should keep you busy. [20 articles]

A humongous section this week--you won't believe your eyes! Billy Joe Shaver has teamed up with his son, Eddy, in the band Shaver with their new album, "Victory." On "Anutha Zone," Dr. John has teamed up with a group of younger brit musicians. It may seem odd, but apparently this new recording is plenty funky, yeah. Columbia has released a 2 CD set of solo piano by Thelonius Monk. You'll find Brian Wilson, Liz Phair, BB King, Memphis' Lois Lane too.... [19 articles]

Arts & Leisure
Your travels are sometimes best remembered by the cheap "keepsakes" you bring home. You'll agree when you read "Old Friends On the Wall." If you're going back to college, you've probably sucked down a bowl of ramen or 80. Adrienne Martini of the Metro Pulse writes an exhaustive history of those tasty noodles and offers web links to ramen sites in "Ramen Memories." [6 articles]

In Austin this week, The National Poetry Slam hits town and all hell breaks loose. We have a mini-section devoted to this very fierce competition. The new feature film, "The Avengers," has just been released. Coincidentally, a new book is out, examining the '60s television show academically--that is, as pop culture and as a social barometer. Read about it here. Plus scads of reviews in Speed Reader and much more. [10 articles]

Get to the Red Meat of the matter with this swell set of cartoons that also includes Mueller, Eye of the Beholder, and Random Shots. [3 comics]

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