Boogie Nights
A whopping five reviews are in on "Boogie Nights," each with its own particular take on this long, thick, breathtaking film. The general thrust of the opinions, summarized in one sexy word? "Groovy."

Virtual Pest
Hoping to fast-forward your biological clock? Looking to kickstart your maternal instincts? Ready to take a crash course in nurturing another living being? Then heed this story's advice, and heed it well: don't buy a Tamagotchi.

The Body Pneumatic
Tired of body builders kicking sand in your 90-pound-weakling face? Read this article for revenge. It reveals that these obsessively muscle-pumping, egg-white-eating masochists are actually big, hulking bores. And when competing, they're not all that strong, either. There, doesn't that make you feel better?

Diva From The Dives
Ani DiFranco, the hardest-working folk-pop singer in the business, takes a break from her busy schedule to reflect on the performance ethics that got her where she is today. As a bonus, she explains why all her studio albums "suck the big one."

Roam Sweet Home
Pop quiz: You're a documentary filmmaker and you've been filming your human subjects for weeks, yet you still haven't found an over-arching theme for your piece. Do you (a) ask more probing, difficult questions; (b) do lots of background research into your topic; or (c) integrate footage of your dog and give him contemplative, metaphysical voice-over narration? Hmm...

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

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Fight, teacher, fight! Education, the cornerstone of civilized society, battles alcoholism, minority self-defeatism, racial quotas, gay-bashing, and the necessities of survival. Can we win? Also: Jesus gets a logo, sawdust turns holy, aliens fill a deep-rooted human need, a mother meditates on infanticide, and a columnist decides to blame El Niño for, well, everything. [19 articles]





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Jim Jarmusch goes coo-coo for Crazy Horse while documentarian Ellen Spiro wakes up to life in a Winnebago. "Boogie Nights" dissects the '70s with a horny eye while "Starship Troopers" dissects everything in sight. Richard Gere gets stuck in a judicial zoo while John Travolta gets caught in a media circus. Film stock deteriorates; "South Park" ameliorates; and Jean-Claude Van Damme defenestrates -- but what else is new? [24 articles]





Music
Neglected, dejected, and stuck hauling around long, phallic cases, trombone players finally get the respect they deserve. The bells keep ringing in jazz class; the KKK takes aim at zydeco; Ani DiFranco explains her thoroughly ingrained songwriting background; and "Master P" takes the rap by the horns. Plus: Reviews of new albums by The Cramps, The Verve, Stereolab, The Pixies, and even, god help us, Judas Priest. [20 articles]




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Cartoonists turn to painting expressionistic, surreal, even sadomasochistic works in three separate art shows. Brigham Young University balks at showing the sensuous sculptures of Rodin. A theatre reviewer rips the mask off of "Phantom of the Opera." A bored traveler discovers the fun -- and emptiness -- of Los Angeles. A spectator surveys the suffering behind bodybuilding. And an unrepentant mother neglects, abuses, and otherwise mistreats her poor, helpless Tamagotchi pet. [14 articles]





Books
Shakespeare, flakespeare: some claim he was the Earl of Oxford, others credit Francis Bacon....will the real Bard please stand up?! Also: Alan Gurganus learns to play -- and interview -- well with others; Naomi Wolf describes the dilemmas of female sexuality; Carol Dawson cures herself of labyrinthitis; writing panelists strut their big-mouthed stuff; Don DeLillo gets to the bottom of the "Underworld"; and authors, exploring a different type of underworld, uncover more than a few land mines. [10 articles]




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