Volume I, Issue 16
September 22 - September 29, 1997

What's New
If you like cartoons, I mean if you really like cartoons, don't miss out on this Comics Xtra, chock full of first-rate artwork from some of the best national cartoonists you've never seen.

Weekly Wire Xtra
In addition to the Comics Xtra mentioned above, we've also got Xtras about National Public Radio's refusal to air a poem by Martin Espada, and the Weekly Wire staff's favorite articles from the first 10 issues. Keep your eyes on this space; even more Xtras are on their way.

Film Vault
Hundreds of film reviews and thousands of links! Sort alphabetically or by publication, genre, director, or date. Check it out!

Red Meat
The most tasteless and twisted comic strip in the world. Featuring the Red Meat Archive, Reader Favorite Archive, and the Meat Conference Forum!

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Additional Vaults
Besides the Film Vault, we carry multitudinous archives that include various cities' Best Of editions, local music registers, album reviews, book reviews, and plenty more.

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News & Opinion
When University of Texas professor Lino Graglia blamed the poor academic performance of minorities on their culture, was he being a racist, or a loudmouth? What's the best plan for instituting campaign finance reform? What did readers think about last week's Diana editorials? Who will be the Democratic presidential candidates for the year 2000? How does one avoid Mad Squirrel Disease? What's not fair about the Fair? And why is the eternal fight against Barney futile? [11 articles]

Film & TV
A writer finds that even a five-film-a-day-diet just isn't enough to taste all the delicacies at the Toronto Film Festival. Also: Two reviewers take turns analyzing the puzzle that is The Game, while producer Steve Golin explains the game he had to play to get the movie made. Between you and me, L.A. Confidential gets two, yes two, very praiseful reviews, and In the Company of Men, The Full Monty, and Mrs. Brown don't fare too badly either. And: Video-heads examine favorite new releases, the films of director Mira Nair, and the happy Emmy winners. [13 articles]

Coming soon to a bar near you: Fetish Night! Get ready for a whippin'. Don't feel like taking the pain? Then tell your boss to Take This Job and Shove It: that's what songwriter David Allen Coe did, and 25 years later he's still every bit the independent-minded country outlaw. In other realms, these profiles of Garrison Starr, Pavement, Robert Palmer and Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers prove that everybody has their passion. And: critics look at concerts and albums by Galactic, Lucinda Williams, Leo Kottke, 311, and Barry Black. [11 articles]

Arts & Leisure
Thanks to Harley Davidson, dentists, doctors and other yuppies are finding new meanings for "choppers" and "bad to the bone." This article reveals that the motorcycle company's product, once a proud symbol of working-class cajones, has been gentrified. Also: Do you have a good relationship with your socks? This author doesn't, and he's quite footsore about it. Plus: What happens when Montana gets overrun with Californicators? A columnist traveled nearly 2,000 miles to find out. [7 articles]

The 55th World Science Fiction Convention was a spectacle that combined geeks, bookworms, and futurists into one out-of-this-world event. Several stories provide a magnificent nerd's-eye view. And: What was the influence of New Orleans upon William Faulkner, and what did he leave behind? How did William Pitt Root, Tucson's new poet laureate, find his muse? And what the hell are Tijuana bibles? Plus reviews of new works by Arundhati Roy, Harlan Ellison, Tim Sandlin and a couple of 35-year-old virgins. [14 articles]

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, Eye of the Beholder, K. Rat, Random Shots, and La Cucaracha. [7 comics]

All the contributors to Weekly Wire, along with other AAN (Association of Alternative Newsweeklies) publications, can be read from this one easily accessible spot. Strongly recommended for bookmarking. [107 newspapers]

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