Volume I, Issue 29
December 22 - December 29, 1997

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News & Opinion
Got the credit card debt blues? So does this writer -- and we're still not sure she's learned her lesson. But no matter how bad those debts get, never fear: you can always declare personal bankruptcy. Then, after all that fiscal humiliation, you may want to spend some time in a "megachurch" to remind you of how small your problems are. Just don't deny reality and do something stupid like these guys did. Better to write crazy Christmas-themed essays galore. [13 articles]

Film & TV
Three reviews dissect "Amistad" and find it solid yet curiously lacking. That's nothing new -- with its racially unbalanced casting history, Hollywood has always had a hard time confronting slavery. Heck, they can't even be relied upon to turn out a few good films for the Christmas season. But they succeeded in the case of "Titanic," as these two critiques, and this interview with James Cameron, seem to attest. Also reviewed within: "Scream 2," "Good Will Hunting," and "The Tango Lesson." [21 articles]

Steve Tyler, known in some circles as "the dad of that chick," gets interviewed by Mighty Mighty Bosstone Dicky Barrett, who is also interviewed elsewhere. Yowza. Plus: Stories salute the art of commercial jingles, the joy and ease of listening to Internet radio, the best albums of 1997, and the heavy snow of Christmas classics and cover albums. Not to mention reissues of seminal work by Charles Mingus and Harry Partch, and cool stuff by the likes of Butch Hancock and Harry Connick, Jr. [23 articles]

Arts & Leisure
Having trouble finding good presents at the last minute? Grab your quarters and start dreaming of a Gumball Christmas. Stuck home alone on New Year's Eve? No problem there, either -- here's what to do. Additional articles celebrate Christmas trees, great geek gifts, fast food and funky food, "The Phantom of the Opera"'s power and popularity, the thick dramatic coat of "A Lion in Winter," and the Virgin of Guadalupe's lasting significance as a Catholic/Pagan/Freudian symbol. [12 articles]

Double your pleasure: A duo of interviews with Ellen Doré Watson and Christine Bell find poetic inspiration in the strangest places; two books by Ethan Hawke and Johnny Cash reveal personalities both sexual and prophetic; a pair of art and photography books prove worthy of more than just coffee-table reading; and a couple of non-fiction works map out the meanings behind the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Great Basin. Plus: Holiday book shopping on the cheap! [11 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]

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