Volume I, Issue 12
August 25 - September 2, 1997

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News & Opinion
Wendover, or "Bend Over"? A Salt Lake City author takes a bus ride across the Utah/Nevada border to study the pocket-emptying, mind-numbing qualities of gambling. Also: What turns Nike employees into Stepford Workers? When does a disturbance become a riot? Why does capital punishment persist? And who would ever want to win a war of the bowels? [9 new articles]





Film & TV
Demi Moore shows off her scalp but not her brain in G.I. Jane; Sylvester Stallone turns fat and bland for his role in Cop Land, French filmmakers find plenty to say in When the Cat's Away; Peter Greenaway exploits a literary hook with The Pillow Book; and Mike Leigh gives out his wisdom's pearls in Career Girls. [10 new articles]





Music
It's Rush Limbaugh versus Chrissy Hynde in the battle over intellectual property! Go, Chrissy! Also: What made this year's Lollapalooza tour such a lollygagging experience? A peeved patron provides answers. And: reviewers and fans explore the musical intricacies of Soak, Astor Piazzola, Burning Spear, Big Jack Johnson, and hot Nashville songster Matraca Berg. [10 new articles]




Arts & Leisure
Hey parents, you can now forget about spanking or "time out" -- we've got a new, improved method for disciplining children: extreme exaggeration. Plus: reviewers praise everything from a musical about Patsy Cline, to a photojournalism exhibit that refuses to hold back on horror, to several boundary-busting painters. [6 new articles]





Books
A full bookcase of reviews explain: how Lydia Davis spins inventive short stories with little need for plot; why Dennis Cooper's new novel demands attention despite its fixation on sex, drugs and violence; what Barbara Cully's poetry has that a decade of prosaic pen-pushers didn't; and where Joe Lansdale gets the energy to master so many genres. [6 new articles]




Comics
Come down from your Staggering Heights and get to the Red Meat of the matter with this swell set of cartoons that includes Mueller, Eye of the Beholder, K. Rat, Random Shots, and La Cucaracha. [7 new comics]


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