Volume I, Issue 25
November 24 - December 1, 1997

What's New?
The odds don't look good for Bruce Babbitt's "Department of Ulterior." Read this special Weekly Wire / Phoenix NewTimes Xtra to see what we mean.

Our online tribute to the late Rainer Ptacek has new contributions from his fellow musicians.

Film Vault
One of the all-time best film-review resources on the Web. Sort alphabetically or by publication, genre, director, or date. Check it out!

Red Meat
The most tasteless and twisted comic strip in the world. Featuring the Red Meat Archive, Reader Favorite Archive, and the Meat Conference Forum!

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.

Talk Back
Got the newsgroup blues? Get away from the spammers, scammers, and rapid scrolling of Usenet groups and try our cozy, easy-to-use BBS instead.

Additional Vaults
Besides the Film Vault, we carry multitudinous archives that include various cities' Best Of editions, local music registers, album reviews, book reviews, and plenty more.

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News & Opinion
Peeping Toms change their methods, psychics apprehend a few killers, philanthropists reexamine their strategies, and Microsoft gets in a whole lotta legal trouble. Meanwhile teens make enemies with neighbors, Clinton makes friends with gays, and Orrin Hatch makes waves by taking negative action. Plus: a dog finds a home, an autumn mourner finds some poop, and a columnist finds new wisdom in getting old. [15 articles]

Film & TV
They said "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" couldn't be filmed, but Clint Eastwood feels lucky. Not so with amateur filmmaker Lory Smith; he knows luck has nothing to do with it. Also: reviews of "Love Serenade," "Kiss or Kill," "One Night Stand," "The Ice Storm," "Gummo," "Heavenly Creatures," "Harold and Maude," the films of Ida Lupino, TV's "Ally McBeal," and even "My So-Called Life"! [23 articles]

Does Christmas music make you want to toss your sugar cookies? Try these cool alternatives. Then read how music is making a breakthrough on the Web -- in ways both revolutionary and minty fresh. Also: the respectability of women in Country progresses by leaps and twangs; Mike Watt writes the world's first punk opera; and Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter continue to jazz up the atmosphere. Plus reviews of re-releases galore! [15 articles]

Arts & Leisure
Shop till you drop without so much as a hop. Let these guides to mail-order, Web, and bargain-basement consumerism lead the way. Read what "Seinfeld" and U2 have in common; find out why Julia "It's Pat!" Sweeney's life has been taken over by family; link to the first-ever Cyber Opera; and learn how to make some really bitchin' pies. Plus: how not to travel in India, the mysterious meaning of "turducken," Where the Nerdy Things Are, and more theatre reviews than ever! [21 articles]

After winning accolades for his book "Travels with Lizbeth," Lars Eighner and his dog are back on the street again. Read this interview to discover why. Also interviewed are Thomas Lynch, whose book about undertaking stirs up some serious life-and-death issues; and Vivan Gornick, a harsh-minded essayist who has decided love no longer serves a viable cultural purpose. Plus: reviews of books about imaginary cities, global economies, jazz wars, and KISS! [12 articles]

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]

All the contributors to Weekly Wire, along with other AAN (Association of Alternative Newsweeklies) publications, can be read from this one easily accessible spot. Strongly recommended for bookmarking. [107 newspapers]

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