Volume I, Issue 30
December 29 - January 5, 1998

Happy Holidays!
Happy New Year from the resolution-spurning gang at Weekly Wire.


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Weekly Wire Xtra
Stand-alone sites for your browsing pleasure: Behind the scenes at Bruce Babbitt's "Department of Ulterior"; A tribute to blues guitarist Rainer Ptácek; Comics from some great unknown cartoonists; Why National Public Radio and political poetry don't mix; and Weekly Wire staff picks from the first 10 issues.


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News & Opinion
Find out: how a comatose child became a household saint and the focus of year-round Catholic pilgrimages; how an educated black man and a Southern redneck rebel became best friends; and how the "new" global economy is just the same old imperialism in irresponsible clothing. Also: Columnists dis the rich at Christmas, rail against anti-ranching environmentalists, revisit a few crazy old girlfriends, and say goodbye in style. [10 articles]





Film & TV
An interview with Quentin Tarantino explains why "Jackie Brown" isn't "Pulp Fiction 2" and why Tarantino took so long to make it. Meanwhile, critics churn out Best of 1997 lists for films, TV shows, and even a Worst of Film story for hilariously bad measure. Then there's the reviews, including new ones for "Good Will Hunting," "Deconstructing Harry," "As Good as it Gets," "The Sweet Hereafter," and "Titanic." Plus: The best of the worst directors! [21 articles]





Music
Year-End-O-Rama! Articles sum up the best music in a variety of categories, from The Best Musical Trends of the Year to the Tastiest Tunes in Un-Classifiable Genres. Not to mention the straight Top 10 lists. This rockin' article contains five such lists, while this one narrows its focus to the wild wild world of country. For those with specialized tastes, locally based articles recount the year's best happenings in New Orleans jazz and Nashville country. Now that's variety. Plus: album reviews galore! [10 articles]




Arts & Leisure
Here's a question: Why sit around all day looking at weird Web sites about blow-up dolls and the Church of the SubGenius, or (worse yet) hateful Web sites about Bert the muppet and the Spice Girls, when you could be kayaking and whale-watching off the coast of Vancouver Island in Canada? Only the truly cynical know the answer. Plus: thespians get medieval on each others' asses, Pop goes the Art in New Orleans, and clay is putty in the hands of several Austin artists. [9 articles]





Books
Don't know what to read? Check out these lists of the best fiction and best non-fiction from 1997. That ought to keep you busy. Speaking of busy, prolific hard-boiled crime novelist Donald E. Westlake discusses his hustling, bustling career; while historical fiction newcomer Diana Gaboldon gets off to a good start on hers. Also: new non-fiction works dissect holiday consumerism, Tibetan healing, "Star Trek" babbling, L.A. punk, Julia Child's tastebuds, and more! [10 articles]




Comics
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]



Newsstand
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