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Volume III, Issue 36
February 28 - March 6, 2000  

Fiction
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Role Reversals [3]
John Updike's his prequel to "Hamlet," "Gertrude and Claudius," is more of an interesting essay on Shakespeare than a captivating novel.
— Adam Kirsch, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Bush S.W.A.K. [4]
"George Bush, Dark Prince of Love" is disturbing, sordid, and laugh-out-loud hilarious.
— Mari Wadsworth, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
The Future Recalls The Past [5]
Peter Ackroyd's The Plato Papers.
— Steven Robert Allen, WEEKLY ALIBI
 
Men On Women [6]
Guy writers become "Chick for a Day."
— Shelly Ridenour, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 
Smells Like Rat [7]
Ted Heller's "Slab Rat" is a too-clever trip through the New York magazine world.
— Shelly Ridenour, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 

Non-fiction
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Suicide Machine [8]
Ace Collins pens a thorough biography of Evel Knievel.
— Chris Davis, MEMPHIS FLYER
 
Active Eye [9]
Justin Spring's biography Fairfield Porter explores the 20th-century painter's controversial personal life and how it influenced his art.
— William Corbett, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Real Genius [10]
Spend a lost weekend with Dave Eggers' "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius."
— Shelly Ridenour, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 


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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

ne of Sweden's most respected authors lives in Austin, Texas. And many of his recent books take place in Austin or other parts of Texas. Is Lars Gustafsson still Swedish?

In his new book, "Gertrude and Claudius," John Updike constructs not just a prequel for "Hamlet" but a counter-Hamlet, redrawing our perspective on the characters and their world.

Evel Knievel didn't "cheat" death, he beat it fair and square, time and time again, as evidenced by a new biography of the daredevil motorcycle rider.

Also, a wacky take on President Bush, a look at the past from the future, a new bio of artist Fairfield Porter, and more.


Features
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Lone Star Sweden [2]
Lars Gustafsson has the air of a sailor, as though the Austin author transplanted from Sweden were some Sinbad come to rest after a dozen ports.
— Roger Gathman, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 

Mini Reviews
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Speed Reader [11]

  • "Somewhere in France"
  • "Finding Grace"
Now What? [12]
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.
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