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Volume III, Issue 21
November 15 - November 22, 1999



News & Opinion

The past several years have seen an explosion in brain-boosting strategies and "smart" substances, but does any of this stuff actually work? What do you do with leftover airplane parts? Just about anything you want to, especially when you've got thousands of parts from airplane graveyards. Competitive cheerleading as a sport is still seaching for definitions of what it wants to be. Plus, a trip to the firing range, Jim Varney faces hard times, the trouble with image consultants, and more.

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Film & TV

Amid pop-culture-stoked rhapsodies about love, sex, and comix, "Dogma" unleashes ruminations on Catholic dogma that are studded with outrageous gags. Our reviewers call it "engaging and gut-bustingly funny" and "a significant work." The pas de deux between Susan Sarandon and Natalie Portman in "Anywhere But Here" demonstrates that great actresses are available, even if Hollywood doesn't want to use them. Eric Schaefer's done a thorough inspection of the "exploitation film." Also, reviews of "The Bone Collector," "Being John Malkovich," and lots more!

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Music

Bands from all over Latin America are creating new hybrids of music, and there's plenty of history to "Rock en Español." John Prine's quirky odes may have earned him a certain reputation, but his work always focuses on relationships. Natalie MacMaster and Eileen Ivers are accomplished instrumentalists who draw in listeners visually as well as aurally. Plus, an early list of the best music of the century, Dave Alvin on and off the road, and more.

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Arts & Leisure

Wandering Amsterdam
Drinking the Day Away
Going with the Grain
Poor Sports
Game World
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Books

Despite Ayn Rand's rally for individualism, her works have drawn a cult-like following from those who identify with the novelist's theory of objectivism. Michael Downing has a jeweler's knack for rendering beauty in miniature. Susan Faludi starts out to examine why so many men seem so threatened by feminism, but emerges with something else. Also, reconciling science and religion, a life in the mob, the pratfalls of youth, and more.

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Comics

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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