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Over the 8 Ball

Over the 8 Ball
What stealthy tool of Satan is a palm-sized black plastic sphere with 20 possible different answers to life's most mysterious questions?
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Volume III, Issue 19
November 1 - November 8, 1999

News & Opinion

Pat Buchanan's defection to the Reform Party it obvious that the Republicans party is in serious trouble. The folks at Knoxville's Moonshadow are part of a movement to create new kinds of communities. Before Halloween and All Saints' Day are forgotten, we look at Día de Los Muertos, the Magic 8 Ball, and a report from a Wiccan ceremony. Also, the second part of an investigation into a corrupt security company, overcrowding in the Memphis jail, a nation of worker ants, and more.

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Film & TV

Martin Scorsese's newest feature is "Bringing Out the Dead" and our reviewers generally agree it's a challenging film: a "harrowing venture into mad grotesqueries," "more concerned with personal struggles rather than societal angst," and a "human car crash desperately in need of an emotional off-ramp. Music video director Spike Jonze talks about directing his first feature film, "Being John Malkovich," a terrific shaggy-celeb fable. Plus, a pair of reviews of "Music of the Heart," the hit "The Best Man" from Spike Lee's cousin, the hype-heavy "Romance," chick dramas on TV, and more.

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Three albums into Dave Grohl's career as a Foo Fighter, Nirvana has receded as naturally as the tide -- but it comes crashing back at regular intervals. Corey Harris' has released a new album reflects a world-view shaped by Pan-Africanism. Although Waldemar Bastos is one of Angola's most celebrated pop musicians, he has twice been forced to leave the country. Plus, profiles of Don Walser, Cedar Walton, and Jerry Kilgore, reviews of upcoming Brit rockers, Hank Williams III, and more.

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Arts & Leisure

The High Road in Holland
Man of the Weird
The Pete Principle
and more...

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The Harry Potter books are favorites with lots of young people but a bookstore appearance by the author doesn't have much to do with reading. University presses used to have a reputation for publishing books that were unreadable, but not any longer. A new edition of Ken Auletta's "The Underclass" courageously attacks thorny questions of race and class. Plus, short stories from an American abroad and a Czech enamored, a glimpse of Andy Kaufman's life, 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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