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Volume III, Issue 26
December 20 - December 27, 1999

News & Opinion

Jeffrey Davidow, the US ambassador to Mexico, cut his diplomatic teeth in the US embassy in Chile during the 1973 military coup. His record on human rights may not be getting any better. Although thousands of opponents of free trade protested during the World Trade Organization conference, it was the carnival of conflict that got the media coverage. A web site detailing a customer's bad experience with a corporation is the center of a suit for trademark infringement. What does this mean for free speech on the Internet? Also, Al Gore faces campaign money trouble, a chat with a legendary barbecue cook, the thrill of buying your first house, and more.

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Film & TV

In "Felicia's Journey," director Atom Egoyan breaks from his usual style, though the film revisits familiar themes of distance, alienation, and bad timing. We've got a couple more reviews of "The Green Mile," which fails to deliver the emotional payoff it promises and never quite makes the transition from good to great. Other new films reviewed this week include "Anna and the King" and "Bicentennial Man." Also, a documentary about a would-be independent filmmaker, memories of Madeline Kahn, and more.

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Celebrating the end of the 20th century, some music companies are releasing compilations that chronicle the past 100 years. CD box sets can make great Christmas presents if you know what's out there. No form of American music begins, grows, or survives without absorbing influences from other genres. Also, a remembrance of Skip Spence and a review of a tribute album to him, the theme-park world of Rob Zombie, and more.

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Arts & Leisure

In Temple Square
Books for Cooks
The Roaring 20th
Barkley's Last Basket
Fakes on the Web
and more...

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The Boston Phoenix has gift suggestions for those interested in historical biography as well as a few books to get friends and family members thinking about civil disobedience. The new novel by the author of "The Fight Club" is a venomous satire of shallow image worship. Two books documenting the gay and lesbian experience make clearer a big part of the map of human behavior. Also, humorist Dave Barry pens his first novel, 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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