Volume I, Issue 22
November 3 - November 10, 1997

What's New
Weekly Wire's Film Vault has arrived! New, improved, quicker, faster -- bionic even! If you're looking for film or video reviews, celebrity interviews, or just an addictively satisfying place to browse, make the Film Vault your first choice.

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If you like cartoons, I mean if you really like cartoons, take a gander at this Comics Xtra, containing first-rate artwork from some of the best national cartoonists you've never seen. Also: read about National Public Radio's refusal to air a poem by Martin Espada, and peruse the Weekly Wire staff's favorite articles from the first 10 issues.

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News & Opinion
It's "In & Out" all over again, only it's real life and it isn't funny -- as you'll see when you read this article. Also, thanks to widespread illiteracy and the death of poetry, the sentiment market is booming! Too bad its products are so sickening... Plus: A mother remembers her miscarriages, a would-be economist swallows his pride, and a writer just won't shut up about hush kits. And by the way, Got Hemp? [9 articles]

Film & TV
Four reviewers all claim to dislike "A Life Less Ordinary," but you wouldn't know it by the percentage of positivism in their reviews. Other evaluations touch on the grooviness of "Boogie Nights," the boredom of "I Know What You Did Last Summer," and the craziness of Jim Jarmusch's documentary, "Year of the Horse." Also, an interview reveals how lucky "Red Corner" was to get made; a video rundown helps you score some quality scares; and two new books celebrate women's acting in the days before they made noise. [13 articles]

I read this story and this story about The Rolling Stones latest concert tour, but I still can't get no satisfaction. But you can't always get what you want, so I settled for articles about Yes, Steve Winwood, Grand Funk Railroad, High Lonesome Sound, and Prince (pardon me, "The Artist") instead. Plus: Sister Machine Gun redefine themselves, The Elevator Drops reinvent new wave, a glam-rock band goes berzerk, and Jimmie Rodgers finally gets the credit he deserves. [16 articles]

Arts & Leisure
Ala peanut-butter sandwiches! According to these magicians, the tricks themselves aren't nearly as fun as playing into the psychology of the audience. But you won't read the word "fun" once in this gruelling first-person account of what it's like to run a marathon. Yikes. Oh, and speaking of exercise, jog your mouse on over to this article for some aerobic web clicking. Plus: Why the media has gone rabid over bats, what not to eat if you're in a hurry (or otherwise), and all the latest from the worlds of art and theatre. [12 articles]

What kind of a late-night vampire would go to a place called Café Lestat? Well, Anne Rice for one. The Goth author ("Gothor"?) explains the method behind her merchandising. Oh, you want book reviews, do you? Read about an aloof memoir from South African novelist J.M. Coetzee, Ira Levin's Rosemary's Baby follow-up, Caleb Carr's creepy character possession, John Ridley's Stray Dogs, and "The Baffler" essayists' disturbing assertions about commodified rebellion. [14 articles]

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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