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Volume III, Issue 41
April 3 - April 10, 2000  

Fiction
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Still in Motion [2]
Novelist Kate Wheeler is doing as much as any contemporary writer to rehabilitate the art of travel writing.
— John Freeman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Blessed Deliverance [3]
"The Borderland," Bud Shrake's Latest Tall Tale.
— Dick Holland, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Wilde Redux [4]
With "A Face Without A Heart," novelist Rick R. Reed shows the dangers of exorbitant vanity by putting a grisly, 21st-century spin on Oscar Wilde's "The Portrait of Dorian Gray."
— Catey Sullivan, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 

Non-fiction
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World Unraveler [5]
Following Pico Iyer's "The Global Soul: Jet Lag, Shopping Malls and the Search for Home."
— Ben Winters, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 
Where's the Iron? [6]
Dubbed by Simon and Schuster as his "anti-memoir," Dave Eggers's "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius" is so full of irksome irony that it's worth a read.
— William Corbett, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Rotten Eggers [7]
Media wunderkind David Eggers pens a 400-page ode to his own greed for glory.
— Lydia Millet, TUCSON WEEKLY
 


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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

hough some people bemoan the impact of tourism on the world, Kate Wheeler doesn't subscribe to the idea that tourism is a dirty word. For her, traveling is as much an internal journey as an external one.

Bud Shrake's new novel is a tall tale of almost constant surprise, and the wise reader turns himself over to the momentum of the outlandish tale, all the while realizing that much of the story is factual.

When change is moment-to-moment and civilization evolves at the pace of the "reply" button, on the list of necessary human skills, hunting/gathering recedes into the distance, replaced by... what?

Also, a new spin on "Dorian Gray," second thoughts on a "staggering genius," and more.



Now What? [8]
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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