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Volume III, Issue 22
November 22 - November 29, 1999

News & Opinion

The Microsoft case has been useful for showing that anti-trust law still exists, but there is little evidence that government will to use it against monopolists who control what we know and how we think. The trial has already helped to bring about changes that no one expected a couple of years ago. In a suburb known for conformity and affluence, eccentricities such as feeding stray cats and meeting someone on the Internet can be suspicious in a murder case. Also, Captain Opinion on Y2K, walls coming down, the importance of geography, and more!

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Film & TV

Natalie Portman and Susan Sarandon are a compelling team in "Anywhere But Here," but they're undermined by the off-kilter movie. Tim Burton's revisioning of Sleepy Hollow ends up slitting his own throat, though the stunning film is eye candy. "The Legend of 1900" is like booking a cruise to Europe and ending up in Disney's Epcot Center, and, like it's title character, the movie itself just never gets off. Also, more reviews of "Dogma" and "The Messenger," David Kelley becomes Aaron Spelling, and more.

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Joe Strummer, once part of The Clash, has a new album that downplays punk's usual noisy hallmarks in favor of strummed acoustic guitars, haunting atmospheres and beaten poetry. Few bands inspire a scramble for new defining terms, but England's Stereolab has evolved enough for their own genre tag: "retro-futurism." Who says people aren't buying traditional country music? Albums of classic songs by LeAnn Rimes, Alan Jackson, and Dolly Parton are selling well. Plus, Supersuckers, Johnny Otis, and more.

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Arts & Leisure

Out of Amsterdam
Uncorking a Controversy
Sweet Sensations
Go, Girl! Go!
Deep in the Heart of Texas
and more...

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Alice Mary Norton started writing in high school. Because fantasy and adventure stories were seen as male turf, she became Andre Norton. Two new volumes of material from Jack Kerouac, containing early writings and letters, have just been published. "Isaac's Storm" is Eric Larson's retelling of the super-hurricane of 1900 which destroyed most of Galveston, Texas. Also, a novel about life in the Soviet gulag, a memoir of life on the streets, and more.

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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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