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Volume II, Issue 20
November 9 - November 16, 1998  
 
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One of the Great Ones [2]
Charles Willeford was a writer who had genuine literary aspirations and a uniquely skewed world view, a writer who -- unlike many more conventionally accepted "literary" authors -- never wrote a throwaway book.
— Jesse Sublett, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 

Fiction
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Big Ones [3]
Do we have 'em? Do you have 'em? Author Nanci Kincaid certainly does with her new novel "Balls," which bravely tackles sports, love, and men.
— Tracy Jones, METRO PULSE
 
Skeleton Key [4]
At its creepiest, Stephen King's "Bag of Bones" is a death's head singing the theme song from Cheers: welcome to the place where everyone knows your name.
— Charles Taylor, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Foul Call [5]
"Blackbird Singing" posits the abduction of a Bulls superstar's child.
— Shelly Ridenour, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 
Misguided Angels [6]
If Donald Harington's new novel, "When Angels Rest," were an animal, it would be a platypus.
— Stephan Faris, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Far Afield [7]
Stewart O'Nan's "A World Away."
— Blake de Pastino, WEEKLY ALIBI
 

Mini Reviews
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Speed Reader [12]

  • Of Time and Change by Frank Waters
  • Posada's Broadsheets by Patrick Frank
  • Read My Lips by Meg Cohen Ragas and Karen Kozlowski
  • Birds of America by Lorrie Moore



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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

rime fiction has experienced a renaissance in the last few years. One of it's greatest was the late Charles Willeford, author of such novels as "Whip Hand," "Kiss Your Ass Good-Bye," and "The Cockfighter." A new book takes an in depth look at his life. Austin Chronicle's Jesse Sublett gives us a glimpse at Willeford's life and this book in "One of the Great Ones."

This week's Books section includes fiction by Nanci Kincaid, Stephen King, Jay Amberg, Donald Harington, and Stewart O'Nan. Non-fiction includes Deborah Layton's remembrance of Jim Jones, Linda Killian's insights on the "Republican Revolution," Andrew Sullivan's look at the new gay agenda, and a preview of a new compilation of Emily Dickinson's letters...plus more in Mini Reviews.


Non-fiction
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Me And Mr. Jones [8]
Deborah Layton was one of mass-murderer Jim Jones' trusted insiders. After all these years, she can finally tell her story.
— Leigh Rich, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
A Class of Their Own [9]
Author Linda Killian examines what really happened to the "Republican Revolution."
— Marc Stengel, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
The Belle's Letters [10]
Newly published correspondence reveals the beloved friend who nourished Emily Dickinson's art.
— Graham Christian, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Band of Brothers [11]
Andrew Sullivan's "Love Undetectable" looks beyond the AIDS crisis to a new gay agenda.
— Michael Joseph Gross, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 

Now What? [13]
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.
WEEKLY WIRE
 


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