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Volume I, Issue 23
November 10 - November 17, 1997

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A Conversation With Allan Gurganus
Reviewer David Kurnick interviews author Allan Gurganus. [2]

It Came From Corsicana
An interview with Austin's newest resident novelist, Carol Dawson, author of "Meeting the Minotaur." [3]
Marion Winik

I Wanna Be a Paperback Writer
Reviews of the various panels at the Texas Book Festival. [4]

Much Ado About Nothing
Jeffrey Gantz explains why Shakespeare was not, is not, and never will be the Earl of Oxford. [5]
Jeffrey Gantz

Sex Talk
Naomi Wolf is one of the few feminist writers willing to tackle the difficult subject of heterosexual lust. [6]
Stacey Richter

Allan Gurganus
The second novel from the author of "The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All" explores America before AIDS. [7]
David Kurnick

Carl Hiaasen
In Carl Hiaasen's "Lucky You," a winning lottery ticket sends readers on a romp through the real Magic Kingdom. [8]
Matthew DeBord

Shell Shocking
Philip C. Winslow's "Sowing the Dragon's Teeth: Land Mines and the Global Legacy of War" tells a hell's-a-poppin' horror story that moves a little too fast for its 160 pages. [9]
James DiGiovanna

Books Tip of the Week
Chicago's most promising reading this week: Don DeLillo reads from "Underworld." [10]
Ray Pride

Speed Reader
"Warp" by Lev Grossman, "River of Time" by Jon Swain; "The Southwest in American Literature and Art" by David W. Teague; "El Sid" by David Dalton. [11]
Blake de Pastino, Susan Schuurman, Jessica English, Michael Henningsen

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ith so many books, plays and even movies about AIDS out there, it's always refreshing when a writer can find a new way to address the issue without coming off as pedantic or monotonously anguished. Allan Gurganus has done just that: his latest work, "Plays Well With Others," integrates AIDS into a story about friends, lovers, and art-world ambition without turning into a dirge. A book review tells more, and an interview lets Gurganus explain the inspiration behind his well-tempered wordplay.

Speaking of fun-loving authors, this interview with Carol Dawson demonstrates a mind that not only plays well with others, it broadens the spectrum of "play" to where just about anything can be fun. A person who's equally at home writing Texas family dramas or tales that reimagine the myth of Theseus (as in her latest book, "Meeting the Minotaur") obviously knows a thing or two about playing hopskotch the literary playground.

Other articles head off in even more wildly divergent directions. This piece details a series of panel discussions about everything from biographical accuracy to a newspaperman's dream of writing the Great American Novel. You can be as successful as you want, but you ain't nobody until you're invited to sit in on a panel discussion. This article, meanwhile, digs into the debate surrounding the true identity of William Shakespeare. Was he the Earl of Oxford? Was he Francis Bacon? Was he an alien? The debate rages on like an Elizabethan sentence that just won't stop.

As usual, we've got book reviews galore. Unless you're some sort of reading freak, you'll never keep up with all the writings evaluated herein. So do yourself a favor: read these reviews and get on with life! They're no Cliff Notes, but then again they don't cost anything, either. Included are:

Now What?
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. [12]

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