Volume I, Issue 41
March 16 - March 23, 1998

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News & Opinion
Its name isn't yet as big as NAFTA, but watch out for the MAI (Multilateral Agreement on Investment) -- it's a corporate wolf in global economist's clothing . Don't worry too much about the Millennium Bug, though, because programming insecticide is on the way. Also: How a Colorado group is using the threat of TV censorship in a positive way; how Rudolph Giuliani's policies have made New York a better place to live; and how Monica Lewinsky's ubiquitous visage has left some viewers smitten. [10 articles]





Film & TV
Whether you prefer to call it Japanimation or "anime," those violent cartoons with the big-eyed heros aren't going away anytime soon, so get used to them. Or, if you prefer, go watch Patrick Stewart play Captain Ahab. As for "The Big Lebowski," that's another story -- as three reviews make clear. We've also got critiques of "Dark City," "Love and Death on Long Island," "Twilight," and "Afterglow." Not to mention a complete rundown of the independent fare playing at Austin's SXSW Film Festival. What more do you need? [22 articles]





Music
If "gabber" isn't an incessant talker or a new brand of babyfood, then what is it? Also confusing: Is Madonna a sex icon or a maternal figure, a soulful popster or a techno diva? There's no way of telling with her new album (despite two reviews). We need more musical artists who know what they're about. Like Leo Kottke, who is all about intricate finger-pickin' on the guitar. Or Susana Baca, who's all about Afro-Peruvian music. Or MC Flexx, who's all about Christian hip-hop. Or Van Halen, who's all about....Van Halen . You know? [12 articles]




Arts & Leisure
Ever hear one of these radio stations that claims to be "alternative"? Ha. The Internet has become home to some real alternative radio stations. Plus: What do rock stars think of backstage toilets? That is, how do they feel about them? Also: An award-winning motorcycle racer discusses the intense demands of his sport; a New York traveler pays loving homage to the Adirondack Mountains; a knowledgeable Web surfer explains how to save Tibet with your mouse; and a dancing drummer gets ready to Stomp. [8 articles]





Books
Is that a biography in your pocket or are you just glad to read me? The answer to that question lies in this week's Books section, with new titles by and about Mae West, Babe Ruth, Albert Spalding, Marilyn Manson, and SCTV's Dave Thomas. Plus: Jonathan Coe merges drama, satire and sleeping disorders in "The House of Sleep"; Alex Shoumatoff brings some moist life to the "Legends of the American Desert"; and two novelists take the metaphor of insects to new heights -- and depths. Plus more! [7 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 and K. Rat. [5 comics]



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