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

News & Opinion

Nothing offers a testament to Elvis Presley's iconic status like the proliferation of impersonators. The story of one such artist offers a lesson about the ways in which the myth of stardom can go awry. There are three gentlemen from Knoxville, Tenn., who are seriously seeking the highest office in the land. While it's impossible to say that the used-car superstores have been super successful, more choices for the consumer promise to put purchasers back in the driver's seat. Plus, Hello Kitty addiction, learning lessons about racism, questions of ownership, and more.

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Film & TV

Michael Mann's "The Insider" is a claustrophobic case study and storytelling of rare order, but probably a little too smug to be one of the great journalism films. "Being John Malkovich," on the other hand, is a "twisted tour-de-force" with a "sharp script," that "keeps topping its screwball conceits" and provides "one hell of a ride." On prime-time TV this fall, there's more sex than violence. Plus, a pair of reviews of "Boys Don't Cry," another pair of "The Omega Code," and more.

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In November 1949, Red Foley spent a little over three days in the studio and emerged with records that are still considered classics. Two upstart pop-rock bands from Nashville are stepping out behind the muscle of the Walt Disney corporation. Dolly Parton is the latest mainstream artist to release an exceptional bluegrass album. Plus, Wynton Marsalis, Flathead, Danny Barnes and Mark Rubin of Bad Livers, the Old 97's, and more.

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Arts & Leisure

Down in the District
Freak Out
Grazing in New York
The Marx Brothers of Football
Choose Your Own Adventure
and more...

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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Garry Wills chats about his new book on the history of American distrust of an activist government, and the book itself, "A Necessary Evil," is reviewed. Will Self's new novella, "The Sweet Smell of Psychosis," has a clear message: life is ugly and ironic. The Carl Sagan who emerges from Keay Davidson's new biography of the scientist 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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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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