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They Might Be Giants are key players in a tradition of enigmatic, humorous pop.
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Volume III, Issue 12
September 13 - September 20, 1999

News & Opinion

The mentally ill have always wound up in jails. But in recent years, they've been arriving in a torrent. Parents struggle to find quality day care in Tennessee, one of the lowest ranking states for day care quality. Now that Skaneateles, New York, has been visited by the Clintons, you've probably heard of the place. Plus, homeowners' associations, approved churches, and more.

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Film & TV

The place to see pessimistic movies is at a film festival, but the Montreal Film Fest still offered some works to spread some good cheer about. "Stir of Echoes" is one cinematic visceral jolt, but screenwriter and director David Koepp is interested in more than special effects. Despite its lack of originality, Outside Providence is watchable because it avoids contemporary teen-film stylings. Plus, "The Muse," "Twin Falls Idaho," a new Fox TV sitcom, and more.

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They Might Be Giants are key players in a tradition of enigmatic, humorous pop that has all but disappeared from the arena of rock music. Eliades Ochoa has performed steadily and successfully since age 11, always with the goal of rejuvenating Cuba's folkloric music. Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel will forever be inextricably linked, even if they never appear together again on the same stage. Plus, Linda Ronstadt thinks about "retiring," jazz legend Dickie Thompson, and more.

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Arts & Leisure

Crater Lake
E-mail Scams
Saving Seeds
NFL Season
and more...

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Alfredo Véa's "Gods Go Begging" is so ambitious thematically and stylistically, and so timely in its interests, that it deserves a broad readership. Po Bronson has a talent for translating Internet culture, but his examination of Silicon Valley doesn't ask what happens when work swallows life. A new cookbook for cannibals discusses such concerns as choosing the right cut of meat and expanding your basic kitchen utensil collection to include an electric hacksaw. Plus, a look at the quickening pace of contemporary life, an introduction to great Western thinkers, 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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