Volume I, Issue 17
September 29 - October 6, 1997

What's New
We've been digging around in dark, dank underground corridors, sifting patiently through accumulations of cinematic criticism, reticently refining databases, calmly correcting kooky code, and for what? So we can unveil the new, vastly superior Film Vault sometime within the next week. Come back soon and give it a try -- you won't be disappointed.

Weekly Wire Xtra
If you like cartoons, I mean if you really like cartoons, take a gander at this Comics Xtra, containing first-rate artwork from some of the best national cartoonists you've never seen. Also: read about National Public Radio's refusal to air a poem by Martin Espada, and peruse the Weekly Wire staff's favorite articles from the first 10 issues.

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
It's rehabilitation versus recidivism as an editor, an author and an ex-convict discuss the painful real-world re-entry process known as parole.... Lousiana State University's ritual hazing/alcohol poisoning incident stirs up the state's liquor laws.... Developers duke it out with NIMBY-minded neighbors in Austin.... Concerned parents warn teachers "You'll be Montesorri".... A gubernatorial candidate gets caught inhaling.... The last word on Custer's last stand.... And more! [13 articles]

Film & TV
Notes from the reel world: Critics put A Thousand Acres out to pasture, wish for Wishmaster to disappear, create a disturbance over The Peacemakers, don't ask but do tell about In & Out, secretly explain L.A. Confidential, and stand around the water cooler discussing In the Company of Men. Plus: Conan barbarizes the small screen, Hype takes a not-so-level-headed look at the grunge phenomenon, a fan hacks apart the Friday the 13th series, and Betty Boop tells all in a new documentary. Boop-boop-be-doop. [9 articles]

Jerry Garcia's dead, but his legions of Deadheads keep going, and going, and going. John Fogerty's still going too, ressurecting his C.C.R. songwriting skills for an album titled Blue Moon Swamp. Meanwhile, Courtney Love's life gets the Geraldo treatment in a new book by Poppy Z. Brite; Pavement explain their babbling lyrics; an anthology of folk music gets a well-deserved reissue; a writer recalls a magical jazz moment from the '60s; and a few dozen album reviews tell you where it's at. Yeah. [13 articles]

Arts & Leisure
Street luges: they're all fun and games until somebody crashes and gets pitched headlong into a ditch. Plus: What has Rand Carlson, of the Random Shots cartoon fame, been doing all these years? A profile chronicles his long and winding career road. And: An alleged bigot defends his alleged bigotry; Hayley Mills sings her guts right out of her body in The King and I; the plays Blithe Spirit, Tartuffe, and Pretty Baby receive full stage productions; and a day tripper praises the glory of the Big Bend National Park in Texas. [11 articles]

Albuquerque's Weekly Alibi releases their fall books issue, and you know what that means: fiction writing, in-depth reviews, and haikus like there's no tomorrow. Also: literary-loving cityfolk celebrate William Faulkner's 100th birthday; bookstore giants Barnes & Noble and Borders battle it out over territory; and classy readers recommend classic (or oughta-be classic) novels, as well as new works about desert hydrohistory, physicist Richard Feynman, overlapping societal worlds, and a variety of other terrific books. [10 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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