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Volume I, Issue 14
September 8 - September 15, 1997

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Culture Doctor
Cookie Mueller was a hard-boiled psycho-hippie temptress in John Waters' films, and a dispenser of amusing tales in her print incarnation. [2]
Tonya Janes

Outcast of the Island
John Fergus Ryan casts a spotlight on the darker side of love. [3]
Leonard Gill

My Slammer Vacation
A diary of the Austin team during the hectic week of the 1997 National Poetry Slam. [4]
Phil West

In The Wake Of Revolution
A new collection of essays by Mario Vargas Llosa brings a worldly perspective into sharp focus. [5]
Heather McMichael

Boom Boom... Out Go the Lights
Gary Lavergne has released an impressive if flawed history of Charles Whitman's rampage atop the UT tower. [6]
Tom Aiken

Second-Hand To None
Al Hoff has come up with a sprightly guide to thrift-store delights. [9]
Stacey Richter

Heroes, Losers and Monkey Men
From ZOT! to XXXenophile, we review the coolest comics on the shelves. [10]
Ernie Longmire and Devin D. O'Leary

Speed Reader
Highway: America's Endless Dream by Jeff Brouws; The Blue Devils of Nadia by Albert Murray; Murder in the New Age by D.J.H. Jones; King Suckerman by George P. Pelcanos. [11]
Blake de Pastino, Tracey L. Cooley, Julie Birnbaum, Jessica English

Now What?
Love to read? Need some clever ideas? Our library of resources and staff picks are guaranteed to turn on plenty of mental light bulbs via your electrified eye sockets. [12]

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f life is all about what you leave behind after you've gone, then we're exploring two extremes this week. On the up side, we've got a review of Ask Dr. Mueller: The Writings of Cookie Mueller, demonstrating that the well-connected art-world maven had a wealth of sensitivity and insight to offer. On the down side, check out this in-depth review of A Sniper in the Tower: The Charles Whitman Murders, which studies the 1966 slaying of 16 people (and wounding of 31 others) by a lone gunman in a University of Texas tower. These two sidebars provide an additional perspective on Whitman's horrific legacy.

Speaking of treasures and tragedies left behind by the dead, find out how Al Hoff's Thrift Score delineates the best and the worst in used-merchandise shopping. But if you prefer the works of the living, well, try these on for size:

Read till your eyes fall out.


Talk Back
Our online BBS is just like the Algonquin Round Table, only electronic, sober, and without all the famous people.


From The Vaults

Media Mix
Flaming Iguanas and Milk And Cheese--it'll all make sense. Honest. [08-04-97]

Right Place, Wrong Time
Age is wasted on the young in novelist Peter Rock's first effort. [07-28-97]
Richard Siken

Speed Reader
Reviews of Few and Far Between, Exile, Drown, and Ripening. [07-21-97]

Speed Reader
The Death and Life of Bobby Z, Deception, Lightning Song, Men Need Space. [06-13-97]
Blake de Pastino, Julie Birnbaum and Jessica English




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