Volume I, Issue 24
November 17 - November 24, 1997

What's New?
Goodbye, Rainer Ptacek. May your music live on.


Film Vault
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Red Meat
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Weekly Wire Xtra
A tribute page says goodbye to Rainer Ptacek, the well-loved blues guitarist who died recently after a prolonged bout with cancer. Also: try our Comics Xtra, containing first-rate artwork from some of the best national cartoonists you've never seen; read about National Public Radio's refusal to air a poem by Martin Espada; and peruse the staff's favorite articles from the first 10 issues.


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News & Opinion
You want articles about mental health, we gots articles about mental health. "Kids on Pills" studies the debate over Ritalin; "What's Killing Psychiatry?" examines why the days of calm-faced Bob Newhartesque shrinks are over; and "Committed" questions how insane one has to get before he can be institutionalized against his will. Meanwhile, "Diary of a Sex Change" tells it like it is, the Sierra Madre turns out to be its own treasure, a soccer mom scores a goal...and more! [9 articles]





Film & TV
Everybody and their mother gets interviewed this week: documentary innovator Errol Morris, "Gummo" director Harmony Korine, "Sick" director Kirby Dick, avant garde king Kenneth Anger, "Wings of a Dove" star Helena Bonham Carter, and many more. Plus: Reviews of "One Night Stand," "Fast, Cheap & Out of Control," "Mad City," "Starship Troopers" and "Predictions of Fire"; a sardonic look at the latest beauty pageant; and a survey of everybody's favorite cartoons. [26 articles]





Music
Charles Mingus's wife keeps his spectacular jazz compositions alive; Bob Dylan's son Jakob attempts to succeed with his lineage undetected; Shania Twain and Mindy McReady apply Spice Girl tactics to country crooning; Cowgirls get bucked off their career paths; Dr. John performs music at the right place, right time; Leon Russell gives new meaning to the term "well-connected"; KMFDM keep industrial pop throbbingly alive; and Metallica kicks butt with a new album. [19 articles]




Arts & Leisure
If you thought European soccer games were violent, just wait till you hear what they do to the losers in ancient Indian arena sports! Plus: Find out how a set designer uses his craftsman's know-how to turn ordinary theatrical settings into a sublime form of art. And: Creative souls redefine the purpose of public art by putting their work in unexpected private places; a playwright has a caustic old time with the Catholic Church; and Argentinians teach us a thing or two about Tango. [7 articles]





Books
Biographer John Gilmore uses his insider's knowledge to tell the real story behind James Dean and many other doomed personalities; the late Herbert Huncke is presented at his sex-crazed, drugged-up, self-destructive best in "The Herbert Huncke Reader"; and Joseph Somoza serves up some slippery poetry in "Sojourner, So to Speak." Also: a nonfiction work rethinks black America, a series of stories remember blacklisting, and LaVerne Harrell Clark delivers black comedy while writing about black gold in Texas. [9 articles]




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, Eye of the Beholder, K. Rat, Random Shots, and La Cucaracha. [7 comics]



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