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Rebel Without Applause
Norman Mailer treats historical events as though they are products of his own fevered imagination.
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Volume III, Issue 11
September 7 - September 13, 1999

News & Opinion

After taking Labor Day off, we're dipping into the Weekly Wire archives for stories on the kind of people who enjoy karaoke, a man's efforts to translate his family's letters about the Holocaust, how we admire rich people like we do sports and movie stars, staying afloat in a sea of junk mail, two boxers struggling for a chance at the Olympics, and reasons that have nothing to do with drugs that might make George W. Bush a poor choice for president. Plus, Walter Jowers goes under the knife, purchasing your car on the web, and more.

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Film & TV

Although it doesn't break any new ground, the Farrelly Brothers' new comedy, "Outside Providence," is a sweet coming-of-age story, and we've got an interview with two of its young stars. "Chill Factor" is such a derivative movie that reviews will inevitably compare it to any of half a dozen others. Two more reviews of "The Muse" have come in, with our critics split between a vigorous denunciation and appreciation for its reflection on family, work and self-image. Plus "The Astronaut's Wife," "Dudley Do-Right," and more.

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A Nashville songwriter is trying to bring a little bit of Broadway to the Country Music capital. If you thought New Kids on the Block were old hat, you're probably not of a certain age and gender. Being a concert promoter is not your usual summer job, but a group of young hip-hop fans who did that learned some important business lessons. Plus, rapping with a Chemical Brother, David Amram, Puff Daddy, and more.

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Arts & Leisure

American Dream Safari
Wall Drug
Iron Chef
and more...

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By writing about events with a novelist's imagination, Norman Mailer revolutionized the relationship between fact and fiction. Keir Graff wonders what has happened to the memoir, once a recording of the wisdom of a lifetime, now just getting back at mommy and daddy. Flor Fernandez Barrios has written a memoir, an unsentimental, bare-boned story of a young girl in the early days of Fidel Castro's regime. Also, a collection of short stories, a dark and complex novel, a biography of Thelonious Monk, 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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