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Three Kings

Three Kings
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Volume III, Issue 15
October 4 - October 11, 1999

News & Opinion

Las Vegas is no longer a gangster-ruled mecca for losers and drifters. Over the past two decades, Las Vegas has remade itself into the preeminent virtual capital of virtual capitalism. With the Mississippi River at record low levels, new worlds open up along its banks, ripe for exploration. As two condemned killers get down to their last legal appeals, reality is setting in on Tennessee's death row. Plus, retiring Beanie Babies, the scam of property taxes, assessing security systems, and more.

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Film & TV

"Three Kings" is one of the top films in the country this week, and we've got a trio of positive reviews. We've also got a couple more reviews of the well-received "American Beauty," plus an interview with Kevin Spacey. "Mystery, Alaska," on the other hand, is "a hoary sports drama" and "utterly predictable." Also, a pair of English highwaymen in "Plunkett and Macleane," a look at some of the new television season's offerings, and more.

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The Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction" and "Street Fightin' Man." Which is a classic and which is an anthem? Mitch Myers will sort it all out for you. Taking rock seriously as art requires the existence of a relevant artist or two who also treat the medium with respect. The "American Heritage" series begins restoring significant country albums through digital remastering. Plus, a Godsmack video shoot, documentaries about bluesmen, reggae from Nashville, and more.

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Arts & Leisure

Football at Ole Miss
NASCAR 'Farm League'
Millennial Superlatives
and more...

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Tony Earley has been called nothing less than "the future of American fiction," and his first novel isn't even being printed until next June. Adam Hochschild talks about his new book, "King Leopold's Ghost," which describes how Belgium's Leopold, at the end of the 19th century, let loose terror in the Congo. Southern writer Carson McCullers' memoir is a kind of apology for the dwindling of her talent. Plus new fiction from Joyce Carol Oates, Simon J. Ortiz, and Chuck Palahniuk, 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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