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Volume II, Issue 31
January 25 - February 1, 1999  
 

Fiction
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Coen Canon [2]
Movie-maker Ethan Coen tries his hand at short-story writing.
— Stephan Faris, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Readings From the Fringe [3]
Authors Walter Mosley, Bruce Sterling, Don Webb, George M. Pelecanos, and Howard Waldrop toe the literary genre boundary lines. Do they succeed in writing what they don't know?
— Mike Shea, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 

Non-fiction
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Roots Of The Rich [4]
In Lawrence Otis Graham's new book, "Our Kind of People," there's black and then a better shade of black.
— Leonard Gill, MEMPHIS FLYER
 
Satan Says [5]
Adam Gussow's "Mr. Satan's Apprentice" raises the question: what right does a kid from the New York suburbs have to appropriate music sprung from the hardships of the Mississippi Delta?
— Ted Drozdowski, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
When In Rome [6]
Peter Stanford's "The Legend of Pope Joan" examines tales of John VIII, supposedly a ninth-century woman of great learning and wisdom who attained the highest office in western Christendom.
— Gaylon Parsons, TUCSON WEEKLY
 

Now What? [8]
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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

ne of the most controversial books of 1999, Lawrence Otis Graham's "Our Kind of People: Inside America's Black Upper Class" looks at the class schisms that separate the two camps of African-American elites. In "Roots of the Rich," Memphis Flyer's Leonard Gil calls Graham's work "valuable social history." And in "Satan Says," Boston Phoenix's Ted Drozdowski considers Adam Gussow's "Mr. Satan's Apprentice: A Blues Memoir," which examines a white musician's relationship with traditional black culture.

In "Readings From the Fringe," Austin Chronicle's Mike Shea examines genre-breaking books by Walter Mosley, Bruce Sterling, Don Webb, George M. Pelecanos and Howard Waldrop and finds most of the efforts worthy. And with the new short-story collection "Gates of Eden," Ethan Coen attempts to show he can range beyond such oddball film odysseys as "Raising Arizona" and "The Big Lebowski." In "Coen Canon," Tucson Weekly's Stephen Faris finds the tales a bit frivolous.


Mini Reviews
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Speed Reader [7]

  • "The Gospel According to Jesus Christ" by Jose Saramago;
  • "Angels Flight" by Michael Connelly


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