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An Immodest Proposal

An Immodest Proposal
It's time to get rid of the movie rating system.
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Volume III, Issue 10
August 30 - September 7, 1999

News & Opinion

Are you bored with the Y2K doomsayers and high-tech hucksters? How about a different kind of apocalypse? The FCC is considering licenses for "pirate" radio stations, but the operator of Radio Free Berkeley is opposing the idea. Bill Black is a barber who believes in hair as a recyclable, renewable resource. Plus, a close shave, some political promises, and more.

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Film & TV

It's time to pull the plug on the MPAA's troubling film ratings system and let free expression and free enterprise reign. The silver screen is awash in explorations of the male effort to "get lucky," but it's different for girls. John Waters would never call himself a political film maker, but if someone else does, he won't object. Plus reviews of "The Muse" "Mickey Blue Eyes," "In Too Deep," family-friendly TV, and more.

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Alanis Morissette and Tori Amos both write frank, provocative songs, but they could be crafting better songs. What's so impressive about the re-release of four nearly 15-year-old oddball albums by grungy, garage-dwelling noisemakers from Texas? Few people have had more impact on the development of country music than Kitty Wells, who is turning 80. Also, Macy Gray, Yo La Tengo, Leo Kottke, the Ramones, and lots more!

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Arts & Leisure

Sharecropper Documentary
Chicken Factories
Random Generation
and more...

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The 1999 Diana literary collection is primarily paperback reprints, but there are a couple of worthy entries in the Dianarama amongst them. In his latest book, John Gilmore drops nonfiction to plumb the depths of the human soul that his real-life confessionals couldn't offer. Robert Pennock offers an authoritative and lively refutation of creationism. Also, books by Caroline Gordon, David Gates, Dorothy Cave, 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, K. Rat and Random Shots.

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