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Volume I, Issue 28
December 15 - December 22, 1997

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Media Mix
Literary phenom Kathy Acker's death goes almost unnoticed in the U.S. [2]
James DiGiovanna

Pages for Presents
What to give to the book lovers you love. [3]
Margaret Moser

Rockin Scriptmas!
Why limit yourself to books? Give a script for this Christmas. [4]
Robert Faires & Adrienne Martini

Book It!
Need a Christmas gift for a chow hound? How about a cookbook? [5]
Rebecca Cook


Fiction
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Commercial Venture
"Pink" is jack-of-all-media Gus Van Sant's rambling tale of the glory of youth and boyish misdeeds. [6]
Tonya Janes

Bitter Harvest
A review of Paula Sharp's "Crows Over a Wheatfield." [7]
Julie Birnbaum

High-Flying Adventure
Techno-thriller king Dean Ing tackles a slower-paced story, with enjoyable results. [8]
Emil Franzi


Mini Reviews
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Speed Reader

  • Amrita
  • Prize Stories 1997: The O. Henry Awards
  • TLA Film and Video Guide
  • Lying, Cheating & Stealing


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his week a fan says goodbye to Kathy Acker. I'd never heard of her, but I wish I had. She's the type of person who could be counted on to stir things up, and it appears she did so frequently.

Acker's experimental fiction was a major influence on many writers. If this article is any indication, one could make a case that Gus Van Sant was among them. In films his style can be liberatingly free-form, and in his quasi-autobiographical book "Pink" the same appears to hold true.

There's plenty more book reviews where those came from, including new biographies of Russell Means and Casanova. But equally important are the continuing book lists for Christmas shoppers. Last week we had ten or eleven of those babies, and the recommendations could not have been better.

This week is sparser, but we've still got some great stuff:

Between this week's and last week's recommendation lists, I'd say you're pretty set as far as holiday book shopping is concerned. Don't forget to buy a couple for yourself.


Non-fiction
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What's in a Name?
Lydia Flem's "Casanova: The Man Who Really Loved Women," insists on the facts behind the legendary lover. [9]
Charles Taylor

Russell Means Business
The autobiography of Indian activist Russell Means reveals a remarkable man who's lived a life like few others in this century. [10]
Mari Wadsworth


Now What?
Love to read? Need some clever ideas? Our library of resources and staff picks are guaranteed to turn on plenty of mental light bulbs via your electrified eye sockets. [12]


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