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Tales from the Dark Side
For the past hour, the sex offenders surrounding me have done nothing but fill my tape recorder with useless talk. They're spouting all the right jargon about "cognitive restructuring" and "sexual reconditioning" but how can you tell when self-described "con artists" are telling you the truth?
Phil Campbell

The Stuff of Dreams
Sadly, the light has gone out for Akira Kurosawa, the legendary filmmaker who directly inspired such classics as "The Magnificent Seven" and George Lucas' "Star Wars".
Mark Jordan


Volume II, Issue 15
October 5 - October 12, 1998

News & Opinion

More than half of the U.S. population is trying to lose weight, and one group thinks that's crazy. Call Mulder and Scully 'cause Tennessee is crawling with alien abduction victims. Back down to Earth is the story of Amber; just another inner kid in the city. This is the real story of a kid with goals, ideals, and some strong opinions including a word or two on President Clinton.

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Film & TV

Best known for his acting roles--usually portraying the bad guy--Stanley Tucci is back on the big screen with his sophomore film effort, "The Impostors." In his nostalgia piece about friendship, Tucci has achieved either hilarious charm or created a ship of fools. Director Bryan Singer follows up "The Usual Suspects" with Stephen King's "Apt Pupil."

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New releases by Tori Amos and Charlie Robison. A look at new Chicago-area and independent label music coming out in time for the holidays in "Like Christmas. And many artist profiles this week.

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Arts & Leisure

Hey Mr. DJ
Customers from Hell
How To Home Brew
Mark Morris, Creative Hurricane
and more...

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The American Library Association provides a look at this year's attempts to restrict the right to read, as well as a list of books that are either banned or being challenged throughout our country. Also, reviews of new non-fiction by authors Mike Davis, Chastity Bono, and Charis Wilson, as well as many quick looks at new books in the Mini-Reviews section.

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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, Eye of the Beholder, K. Rat and Random Shots.

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