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Volume III, Issue 20
November 8 - November 15, 1999  

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The Outrider [2]
Pulitzer prize winning author Garry Wills talks about his new book, "A Necessary Evil: A History of American Distrust of Government," Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton, and his colleagues who don't like him.

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Up Your Nose [3]
British satirist Will Self's novel "The Sweet Smell of Psychosis" takes on the catty, rumor-ridden world of media hacks.
— Katherine Guckenberger, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
Brave New World [4]
Stanley offers a world as richly imagined as any fantasist could offer.
— Dan Parslow, TUCSON WEEKLY
As Time Goes By [5]
The strength of David Huddle's new novel, "The Story of a Million Years," lies in his characters' ability to surprise us by rising above their flaws and the flaws of those they love.
— David Valdes Greenwood, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
Shady Characters [6]
Dashiell Hammett's "Nightmare Town."
— Ann Peterpaul, WEEKLY ALIBI
Walter Kim's 'Thumbsucker' [7]
Indulge yourself.
— Mladen Baudrand, WEEKLY ALIBI
David Eddie's 'Chump Change' [8]
You can almost feel the words twisting like a knife between your ribs while you laugh.
— Thane Kenny, WEEKLY ALIBI
Now What? [12]
Love to read? Need some clever ideas? Our library of resources and staff picks are guaranteed to turn on plenty of mental light bulbs via your electrified eye sockets.



ulitzer Prize-winning author Garry Wills has just published a book on the history of American distrust of an activist government, and he chats with the Boston Phoenix about Pat Buchanan, Ronald Reagan and John Wayne, the Second Amendment, and more. The new book itself, "A Necessary Evil," is reviewed by the Memphis Flyer.

The message in Will Self's new novella, "The Sweet Smell of Psychosis," is clear: life is ugly and ironic, and the sooner one figures this out, the sooner one can not overcome it but accept it.

The Carl Sagan who emerges from Keay Davidson's new biography of the scientist is the usual jumble of contradictions that practically defines mankind, but he was an extraordinary human being who did extraordinary things.

Also, a richly imagined Martian world, a collection of Dashiell Hammett short stories, a memoir of a life spent cooking, and more.

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The Enemy Within [9]
A review of "Necessary Evil" a new book that documents the history of American distrust of government.
— Leonard Gill, MEMPHIS FLYER
Star Power [10]
Fascinating new book reveals the many sides of the late Carl Sagan.
Mealy Mouthed [11]
A smart woman cooks and lives to tell about it in "My Kitchen Wars."
— Heather Heilman, MEMPHIS FLYER

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