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Up From Desperation
Margaret Regan recounts 150 years of her family's history-from Ireland to Philadelphia.
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Volume III, Issue 39
March 20 - March 27, 2000

News & Opinion

From famine in Timoleague to the tough streets of Philadelphia, the Regans fought to create a better life. Margaret Regan tells her family's story. Philip Ray Workman is scheduled to die on April 6, still asserting his innocence in the 1981 murder of a Memphis police officer. George W. Bush has a cadre of loyalists who'll stick with him. Also, Ralph Nader runs for president, remembering a voodoo queen, parental stupidity, and more.

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Film & TV

Since the late 1970s, Craig Baldwin has been assembling an alternate history of America, making collages of educational films, corporate promos, creature features, and long-forgotten archival clips. The Hughes brothers' "American Pimp" dives headfirst into the subculture of the black American pimp and comes up with a fistful of freaks and outlandish tales. Julia Roberts appears to have another hit on her hands, and our critics have jumped on the "Erin Brockovich" bandwagon, calling it a masterpiece and crediting Roberts for the "best performance" of her career. Also, reviews of Brian DePalma's "Mission to Mars," Roman Polanski's "The Ninth Gate," the future of television, and more.

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The Austin Chronicle's Kate Messer strums some memories of bonding with Velvet Underground guitarist Sterling Morrison. Josh Rouse's songs have a strangely mesmerizing, emotionally resonant effect. The Dells numbered among soul's elite, specializing in material that could be sentimental, but never trite or overwrought. Also, the return of Papas Fritas, ideological hip-hop from Dead Prez, and more.

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Arts & Leisure

Making the World a Better Place
Cooking in Vats
New Moves With Rice
Viva la Revolution!
and more...

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Even if he hadn't been a player in a famous chapter of the American civil rights struggle, J.L. Chestnut's life story would be fun to read. Kathleen Ann Goonan's work has been dazzling science fiction fans since 1994. Never one to work on a small canvas, E.L. Doctorow has now written his own Bible. Also, the follow-up to Helen Fielding's first "Bridget" novel, a group of books on folk art, and more.

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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, K. Rat and Random Shots.

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