Stone Soul Booksigning
Before U-Turn, he was too controversial. Now he's not controversial enough. In an interview, Oliver Stone discusses the dilemma and how it ties in with his Buddhism, his personal demons, his new book, and his next film, Mission Impossible II.

Austin Confidential
The next Mel Gibson? Could be. The career of Australian actor Russell Crowe, whose works include L.A. Confidential, The Quick and the Dead, Virtuosity, and now Breaking Up, looks about ready to fly.

See Jane Run
With continuing pressure on all sides and the resignation of chairman Jane Alexander, what lies in store for the NEA? Will the National Endowment for the Arts turn into the National Endowment for the Arts & Crafts?

The Greatest Showdown on Earth
Uh oh, another standoff at the remote home of a disturbed individual. Despite police efforts, the 51-year-old Shirley Allen has refused to leave her Roby, Illinois house for almost a month. Have authorities learned their lesson, or is this a future "Roby Ridge"?

Heal Thyself
It's strange, it's controversial, and it's usually expensive. Yet alternative medicine, which includes everything from acupuncture to holistic therapy, is an enormous industry. And it's getting bigger all the time.

Volume I, Issue 20
October 13 - October 20, 1997


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Who's the toughest mama in the land, enduring tear gas and shotgun blasts like no one can? Wonder Woman? No, it's Shirley Allen, a 51-year-old widow who has confounded police efforts to take her away for questioning for nearly a month. Allen's invulnerability is nothing, though, compared to Utah governor Deedee Coradini's ability to shake off a variety of scandals. Is impeachment around the corner? Also: What's the point of acupuncture? Why don't more people use bikes? How can Medicaid be effectively reformed? Who do the Promise Keepers think they're foolin'? And what's the scoop with poop? [19 articles]





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Oscar, Oscar, Oscar: that's what fall movies are all about. But who will win? A preview predicts the answers. Plus: Is Russell Crowe on his way up? Is Oliver Stone on his way down? Is Ang Lee stuck in the '70s? Will Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation ever get released? Interviews reveal all. As for reviews, we gots everything: Seven Years in Tibet, Boogie Nights, The Ice Storm, The House of Yes, and Most Wanted just for starters. And don't miss this in-depth review of all the latest sit-coms -- perhaps one of the best sit-com reviews you'll ever read. [24 articles]





Music
Hey, stop making jokes about the Lilith Fair! These girls with guitars mean business. And so do these celebrity songwriters -- I mean, they're hanging out in a French castle together; that's pretty serious. But if you want serious, I mean seriously serious, check out this book excerpt from Gina Arnold, who knows a thing or two about the history of grunge. Or two-step your way around the world for this piece about Australian country music. As for band news, here's the latest on Everclear, Bottle Rockets, Mouse on Mars, Dr. John, and Janet Jackson. Nasty! [23 articles]




Arts & Leisure
What does the future hold in store for the National Endowment for the Arts? It's anybody's guess, but here are some possibilities. You won't find Penn & Teller looking for NEA grants -- as this interview shows, the duo of misfit magicians continue to draw large crowds of non-idiots. So does Philip Glass, as the minimalist composer tours Les Enfants Terribles from one side of the country to the other. Got a pet peeve? This writer does: pets. Perhaps the animals described here or here would change his perspective. As for all you collectors, what are you waiting for? Whether you're looking for stamps, cars, or even barf bags, the Internet is a collector's heaven. Go to it! [15 articles]





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