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Carving a Name
Few know the work of William Edmondson, the son of former slaves who gained notoriety in the '30s and '40s for his limestone sculptures. Now, decades after his death, he's getting the recognition he deserves.
Angela Wibking

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Real Life Rat Tales
Experts often estimate there is one rat for every person living in the United States. That's one of them for every one of us.
Carol Brorson


Volume III, Issue 32
January 31 - February 7, 2000

News & Opinion

What does it mean that the Internet will be channeling not just communications, but sales and multimedia? Who's being served here? Some Austin digerati take on those and other questions. As their members age, religious communities have stepped up their recruitment efforts. Controversial protein diets are all the rage these days. The downside to fad diets? They might kill you. Also, Tucson's first female architect, a compulsion to exercise, hitting below the belt, and more.

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Film & TV

Fred Wiseman is one of America's finest documentary filmmakers. His latest movie is "Belfast, Maine." "Angela's Ashes" doesn't seem to have been made for any other reasons than having a popular literary pedigree. Are producers of science fiction for the small screen inspired only to reproduce the shlock that's gone before. Plus, an affectionate biopic of Jacqueline Susann, Spike and Mike's latest collection of twisted animation, the past and future of the Internet on TV, and more.

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Looking back at 1999's musical compilations, historians may conclude that it was a ghastly year for progress in pop songwriting. In the years since he first hit the charts, Neil Diamond has sold more than 110 million records, but he can't get a break from the critics. A two-CD set of a classic 1946 concert of Calypso music showcases the style in its various forms. Also, the tweaked and twisted layers of sound from Ultra-Red, the Subteens finally score a drummer, and more.

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Arts & Leisure

Deep Pampering
Over a Barrel
Carving a Name
Over the Mountains
Slow Change
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Daniel Woodrell's little-noticed novel, "Woe To Live On," was turned into a movie that has garnered critical praise but attracted little public attention. Two reviewers read Carl Hiaasen's latest novel and come up with differing opinions: "fun" and "falls flat." The "Best American Short Stories of 1999" is a culturally diverse collection focused on universal themes. Also, a substantive book on George W., a writer's autobiography, and more.

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Come down from your Staggering Heights with this swell set of cartoons that also includes K. Rat and Random Shots.

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