Volume I, Issue 36
February 9 - February 16, 1998

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News & Opinion
A Harvard sociologist tells it like it is about race and lets the chips fall where they may, and the University of Texas suffers aftershocks from an anti-affirmative action ruling. Meanwhile, the Clinton scandal still rages -- and so do the editorials. Also: Bill Gates gets a boost from Barbara Wawa, a reporter remembers the earthquakes of Guatemawa, and Mr. Smarty Pants lists factoids in a form quite raw-a. Plus more! [18 articles]

Film & TV
Hollywood versus the independents -- the great war continues! A writer decides that Hollywood won this year, but three articles about the Sundance Film Festival indicate a bloody (and bloody entertaining) battle in 1998. Elsewhere, female documentarians hone their craft, while reviewers weigh in on "The Apostle," "Gummo," "Desperate Measures," "Great Expectations," "Kundun," "The Tango Lesson," and "Underground." Plus: John Leguizamo plays Esquivel! [22 articles]

Tejano music legend Ruben Ramos weaves his life story in with the history of Mexican Americans, while Ladysmith Black Mombazo leader Joseph Shabalala reflects on 34 years of performing African-style gospel music. Ralph Stanley inspires other musicians with his bluegrass banjo playing while Isotope 217 inspires a critic with an "important" new jazz/ambient hybrid. AC/DC makes a comeback, and so does the lesser-known Come. Then there's the album reviews... [11 articles]

Arts & Leisure
Do you voodoo? You do now. Do ya like bowling? Boy, and how. Ever been to Elmira, New York? This writer has. Ever feel like leaving your mark? Then click here fast. Got a childish sweet tooth? 'Course you do. Need to stock up on Vermouth? This story's for you. The sound of heavy iron cookware? Bang bang bang. The sound of an amorous flea? Bzzzt, this play stinks, dang. Want to kill some time? Try "Chicago." Getting tired of these rhymes? Us too, gotta go. [11 articles]

How Martin Amis read from his "Night Train" and rendered himself obsolete. What Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison's latest book has to say about racial dynamics. Why Kate Roiphe, author of "Last Night in Paradise: Sex and Morals at the Century's End," is an idiot. Plus: reviews of Lorraine Lachs's "Flowers for Mei-Ling," Taylor Branch's "Pillar of Fire: American in the King Years, 1963-65," and Greil Marcus's examination of Bob Dylan's basement tapes. [9 articles]

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