Families Without Borders
Thanks to the post-Cold War dissolution of political boundaries, would-be adoptive parents now have more options than ever. A profile documents the efforts of three couples who crossed cultures and continents to find their children.

The Edge Reviews
Baldwin, Hopkins, and a bear: Oh my! Thanks to screenwriter David Mamet and director Lee Tamahori, The Edge succeeds at molding these three elements into a finely crafted character-driven action yarn.

The Man in Black
Sixty-five years old, an enigmatically black-clad country-music legend by the name of Johnny Cash shows he still knows how to deliver the goods during a whirlwind American concert tour.

Hot Medicine
It can set your mouth afire. It can burn your fingers. It can make you cry. But it can also cure asthma, shingles, and the common cold. Yes, we're talking about green chile, the hottest little medicine around.

Summer of Laugh
Up-and-coming comedians share their success -- and non-success -- stories as they struggle to get ahead in the ever-competitive laughs market.

Volume I, Issue 18
October 6 - October 13, 1997


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News & Opinion
Mormons duke it out over archaeological evidence for their religion, while politicians lay on the pressure for capital punishment. Adoptive American parents find motherhood in Mother Russia, while Bill Clinton finds flack from his phone fraternizing. One reporter defends a senator's right to toke up in private; while another reporter denies cops' right to steal copies of his newspaper. Plus: Discover why Joanie Loves Chachi is Korea's top-rated American TV show. (Hint: It's got nothing to do with Scott Baio's bandana.) [13 articles]





Film & TV
Aspiring filmmakers, enlightenment awaits: these stories about directors, screenwriters, documentarians and producers explore movie creation from the inside-out. Also: Two (1, 2) out of three reviewers find The Edge entertainingly edgy; other critics rant vociferously about L.A. Confidential, A Thousand Acres, The Peacemaker, Le Samourai, and U-Turn; and couch potatoes weigh in on such recent releases as Caught, Crash, and the early films of English Patient director Anthony Minghella. [18 articles]





Music
Johnny Cash cashes in on four decades of fame during a new concert tour, but for these young'uns, fame is still a long, long way away: rapper NastyBoy Klick, Utah rockers Cork, the R&B octet Gran Torino, Austin emailers Silver Scooter, cynical country crooner Lonesome Bob, and even more cynical songwriter Matthew Ryan. Which of them will make it? You be the judge. Also: reviews of concerts by Luscious Jackson, Jane Siberry and Pizzicato Five; and looks at new albums by The Cramps, Negativland, and Art Blakely. [13 articles]




Arts & Leisure
Hot stuff here -- literally. A juicy six articles relate various aspects of New Mexico's powerful, pungent staple food: the tongue-searing green chile. Elsewhere, Texas comics explain how they turned their summer vacations into career coups; Dilbert gets a card game to play in his cubicle; A Streetcar Named Desire receives an appropriate New Orleans production; a home-improvement expert takes a stand on toilets; the Out There guy becomes lost at sea; Martha Stewart loses out to Julia Child; and William Shakespeare gets edited down to a nub. [19 articles]





Books
Why are women everywhere screaming, "Yayayayaya!"? Discover the divine secret here. Or gulp down some scrambled cynicism by reading Katherine L. Hester's Eggs for Young Americans. Or follow Studs Terkel across the back porches of the country in My American Century. Or overcome your fear of flying with Henry Kisor's Flight of the Gin Fizz. Or experience a sci-fi conventioneer's deflowering first hand Or quoth the Raven "Nevermore!" and learn how Edgar Allen Poe's prankish spirit lives on in the mischievious side streets of suburbia. Or...more![9 articles]




Comics
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]


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