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Volume II, Issue 41
April 5 - April 12, 1999  
 

Fiction
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Armageddon Living [3]
"Wired" editor Alex Heard's "Apocalypse Pretty Soon" is a nightmarish, sobering, and funny travelogue through the culture of American end-timers.
— Damon Smith, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Millennial Mess [4]
Andrei Codrescu's second novel, "Messiah," is a good metaphor for the problems with millennial hype: nothing short of the end of the world can live up to it.
— David Valdes Greenwood, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Cloaks And Daggers [5]
"Memory's Tailor" threads patches of incident, dream, memory and discovered documents into a satisfying whole.
— Randall Holdridge, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Serial Miller [6]
Novelist Sue Miller again tackles the scary side of domesticity in "While I Was Gone"
— Shelly Ridenour, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 

Non-fiction
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Here's the Beef [7]
The magic of Captain Beefheart, or the case of the missing bologna.
— Edd Hurt, MEMPHIS FLYER
 
Close to the Land [8]
Chris Offutt's honest stories of people scraping and surviving in the South.
— Michael Sims and Diann Blakely, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
All Done Up [9]
"The Naked and the Dressed: 20 Years of Versace" by Avedon and more.
— Stephen McMillan Moser, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Oh, Jackie! [10]
Do we want to know her that well?
AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 

Now What? [13]
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.
WEEKLY WIRE
 


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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

ust face it...for the next 9 months you're going to hear more about the millennium and Armageddon than you ever imagined possible. Go ahead...scream now and get it out of your system, then read reviews of these Y2K related books: "Apocalypses: Prophesies, Cults, and Millennial Beliefs Through the Ages," by Eugene Weber; "The Pyrotechnic Insanitarium: American Culture on the Brink," by Mark Dery; Andrei Codrescu's "Messiah;" and Alex Heard's "Apocalypse Pretty Soon."

Plus reviews of new fiction including "Memory's Tailor" by Lawrence Rudner and Sue Miller's "While I Was Gone." Non-fiction takes a look at Captain Beefheart, the modern South, fashion, and more.


Features
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Killing Time [2]
It's not even the year 2000 and already historians and commentators are analyzing how our culture is facing the millennium.
— Robert David Sullivan, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 

Mini Reviews
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Speed Reader [11]

  • "Easy Money" by Jenny Siler
  • "Caricature" by Daniel Clowes

Book Reviews [12]
  • "The Color of Night" by David Lindsey
  • "Prepare for Saints: Gertrude Stein, Virgil Thomson, and the Mainstreaming of American Modernism" by Steven Watson
  • "Modern Times, Modern Places" by Peter Conrad


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