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

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News & Opinion
Jon-Benet Ramsey moms they're not: these mothers of models also happen to be model mothers. How do they do it? Also, what separates true seers from charlatans? A few Texas psychics attempt to explain. In the journalistic etiquette department: What's the proper response when you're writing about a suspected serial killer, and he takes a liking to you? And: to paparazzi or not to paparazzi? Two editorials defend the photographers and call for the release of "those" pictures. [12 articles]

Film & TV
Got the end-of-summer movie blues? Not to worry -- this Fall Movie Preview hints of satisfying cinema to come. As for the current crop of films, four different reviewers contradict each other over Excess Baggage, and they're not exactly unanimous about She's So Lovely either. Other critiques include Mike Leigh's Career Girls, the cruelly premised In the Company of Men, and Australia's Paperback Romance. Plus: Emmy predictions, cartoon premieres, and an ode to Jerry Lewis... [17 articles]

What is alternative country, anyway? If No Depression magazine can't answer that question, maybe Whiskeytown can. Or perhaps the Irish-flavored Keltic Cowboys. Just don't ask country crooner Deana Carter -- she's burned a path straight into the mainstream. (Nice work if you can get it.) Amy Grant and the Geraldine Fibbers can't help either, though they can certainly teach us a little something about opposites. Plus: new albums by Negativland, the El Caminos, and DJ Soul Slinger. [12 articles]

Arts & Leisure
An art class based on sketching chopped-up hospital cadavers gives new meaning to the term "still life"; a classical conductor finds a bottomless niche at the Naxos recording label; a writer searches for hick-free zones along the Gulf of Mexico beach; and a Knoxville music lover discovers that "downtown nightlife" and "crabby cops" do not an affectionate pairing make. [6 articles]

Gary M. Lavergne takes aim at the history of the 1966 Charles Whitman murders with A Sniper in the Tower. Interviews with an eyewitness and a classmate add perspective to the story. Plus: art-world maven Cookie Mueller dispenses advice in Ask Dr. Mueller, John Fergus Ryan explores the life of a bisexual foot-fetishist in Watching, diarists sum up the 1997 National Poetry Slam, underground comics finally get their due, and Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa discovers the joy of Making Waves. [10 articles]

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 comics]

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