Volume I, Issue 37
February 16 - February 23, 1998

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News & Opinion
To Bogart or not to Bogart: that's the question for a controversial drug pamphlet which claims zealous idealists are likely potheads. To protest or not to protest: that's the question in Salt Lake City, whose feminists have found renewed inspiration. To irradiate or not to irridiate: that is most certainly not the question for activist Michael Colby, a vehement opponent of soaking food with gamma rays to kill bacteria. Plus: A-bombs in France, more university affirmative action wars, and those zany oryxes! [8 articles]





Film & TV
The reviews are een: "Zero Effect," "The Apostle," "Live Flesh," "Ma vie en rose," "Four Days in September" and "The Replacement Killers" all get ze critical treatment. Elsewhere, articles chat about love with Drew Barrymore, muse on success with Xena's sidekick Gabrielle, remember the glory days of Mister Rogers, and sum up the loveliest romantic flicks for belated Valentine's celebrations. Plus: Presidents in movies -- they're not just for cornpone dramas anymore. [23 articles]





Music
What the world needs now is love, sweet love... and Burt Bacharach is just the man to supply it in songs. Ani DiFranco supplies her own take on love -- a folksier, punkier, jazzier take -- in her new album. What about Relapse? Any love to be found in their white-noise grindcore? Don't bet on it. And don't expect much love from avant-garde jazz violinist Billy Bang's music, either. Stick to Terry Callier's stylistically adventurous love songs for that. And check out the mini reviews, too! [10 articles]




Arts & Leisure
The world-famous mime Marcel Marceau is back -- and he's going to climb an invisible ladder right into your heart! Don't like mimes? Perhaps the experimental play "Sleepwalking" would be more your speed -- if you don't mind going in circles. Dizzy? Calm down with some Zen calligraphy. Speaking of precise brushstrokes, read about two artists who are really going postal. Feeling testy? Be sure to try these online exams. Then top it all off with the ultimate in contradictory photographs... [6 articles]





Books
Barbara Seaman excavates "The Valley of the Dolls" via a biography of author Jacqueline Susann, and Jan Karon once again finds herself "At Home in Mitford." Danzy Senna delivers pigment-challenged prose in "Causasia," while Gayl Jones lays her writer's hands on "The Healing." Non-fiction author Bill Barich clears the smog with a new book about California, Eve Ensler learns to say "vagina" with confidence, and Terry Jones sinks into murky Monty Python waters with "Starship Titanic." Plus 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, and Random Shots. [6 comics]



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