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Volume II, Issue 33
February 8 - February 15, 1999  
 
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Literature Held Hostage [2]
A decade after the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini put out a hit on Salman Rushdie, the greatest victory for the novelist is the fact that he's managed to avoid a bloody end.
— Gregory McNamee, TUCSON WEEKLY
 

Fiction
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Remaking History [3]
Charles Darwin becomes a supporting character in a new book about the life of his assistant.
— Michael Sims, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Chris Crossed [4]
Offutt's home hills, Bohjalian's homeopathy.
— Leonard Gill, MEMPHIS FLYER
 
Little Bites [5]
Martin Amis's long-awaited "Heavy Water and Other Stories" leaves us hungry for more.
— Chris Wright, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 

Non-fiction
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Collected Bunch [6]
"Word Virus: The William S. Burroughs Reader" goes a long way toward defining the author's career.
— Gary Susman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 


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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

hen a world religious leader announces your death sentence, the gauge for success in this life changes in huge ways. Explore the path to literary success and a life of fear and suspicion as Tucson Weekly's Greg McNamee walks us through Salman Rushdie's ascent to the peak of Arab hatred in "Literature Held Hostage."

Reviews this week include a look at a new fictional account of Charles Darwin's assistant, a collection of William S. Burough's work, and new novels by Chris Offutt, Martin Amis, and Chris Bohjalian plus mini-reviews in "The Writes of Winter."


Mini Reviews
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The Writes of Winter [7]

  • "The KGB Bar Reader" edited by Ken Foster
  • "Bech at Bay" by John Updike
  • "The Book of Eleven" by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  • "Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance" by Keith Graves
  • "Nureyev: His Life" by Diane Solway

Now What? [8]
Love to read? Need some clever ideas? Our library of resources and staff picks are guaranteed to turn on plenty of mental light bulbs via your electrified eye sockets.
WEEKLY WIRE
 


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