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Volume I, Issue 42
March 23 - March 30, 1998

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Obscenity or Art Photography?
Local booksellers vow to stock books despite indictments. [2]
Brendan Doherty


Fiction
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Sexual Congress
John Casey's novel "The Half-life of Happiness" is packed with details that ring true. [3]
Chris Wright


Non-fiction
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Rock This Way
The Austin Chronicle's semi-annual, whenever-they-feel-like-it rock & roll book-review feature. [4]

Our Brothers' Keepers
In "The Warrior's Honor," Michael Ignatieff makes the case for policing the world's little wars. [5]
Fred Turner

Irish Spirits
Author James Flannery introduces his readers to traditional Irish music. [6]
Marc Stengel


Now What?
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. [8]


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owdy readers. If you enjoyed the News section's articles on the music-censoring legislation in two states, you'll be no less intrigued by this piece on a conservative group's attempt to censor books sold in Barnes & Noble and Borders. Those chains may be nasty corporate behemoths with an ugly record of purposely trying to cut into the markets of local, independent bookstores, but I have to give them credit on this one: unlike Wal-Mart and K-Mart, they haven't buckled to pressure. Which is especially satisfying since in this case, one of the primary boycott advocates is conservative radio-show host Randall Terry. Remember him from Operation Rescue? Definitely a man with too much time on his hands.

And if you didn't get enough of the "rockin'" articles in the Music section, either, then don't delay -- stagedive right into these reviews of rock-n-roll books. There's a book about dancing, a book about Hamburg rock, a book about L.A. jazz, and a book called "The Album Cover Art of Soundtracks." There's even another review of the new Marilyn Manson autobiography, in case last week's just wasn't enough. Rock-n-read, my friend.

Oh, that's not all of course. I could go into John Casey's novel about the stirrings of middle-class infidelity and where they lead; or Michael Ignatieff's well-articulated argument for Western meddling in the affairs of other, smaller countries; or even the dual biography/CD set about Celtic music. But you're a reader, you figure it out.


Mini Reviews
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Speed Reader
"Perfidia" by Judith Rossner; "Cagney" by John McCabe; "A Zuni Life" by Virgil Wyaco; "Seasons in the Desert" by Susan J. Tweit. [7]
Susan Scuurman, Aaron J. Emmel, Todd Gibson and Jessica English


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