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Arts & Leisure

Volume I, Issue 44
April 6 - April 13, 1998

I was hoping to use this space for a discussion of Wacky Packages Stickers, one of my fondest childhood collectibles. But wouldn't you know it, I received another one of those Goth hate letters (see last week's Arts section). This one's from a fellow named, ominously, "nothing." Nothing writes:

"In response to the recent articles re goths in your electronic service I am writing to put forward a few opinions and facts your way.

Goths are regular people. We are not vampires. We are not morbid or depressive. We do not cling to Victorian lampposts in frilly white shirts with a copy of some Byron novel (well, some do!)

Your article states that goths are often seen 'in public ... writing poetry or drawing pictures of sad-eyed wizards and naked faeries.' I categorically deny ever having written poetry (in public or otherwise) and wouldn't wish to draw a wizard (sad or not). I know a large number of like-minded people, and I don't know of any that claim to have done this. We have much better things to do with our time..."

Thanks, Nothing. Unfortunately, I seem to be out of space. Those who wish to fully absorb your erudition may click here for the full tamale, which goes on to discuss such issues as vampires, Marilyn Manson and American versus European goths. Fantastic stuff.

By the way, everyone is invited to write letters about any subject covered in this magazine. I'll publish the ones I enjoy.

Speaking of Wacky Packages stickers... I just thought of a good one for a new game called "miniature goth." Needless to say, all the astroturf is black.


Now What?
A gallery of captivating links to keep your imagination churning while the paint dries. [9]









Featured Articles
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Nice Package
Chicago's Jay Lynch went from underground comix to Bazooka Joe. [2]
Sam Weller

Mad Monks
What happens when an anesthesiologist convention meets Shaolin monks. [3]
Kevin Campbell


Recreation
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Old-World Nevada Charm
The ghost town of Berlin, Nevada, has gone global. [4]
Kevin Franklin


Performance
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Real Variety
Wherein our man in Chicago gets his day on the Great White Way. [5]
Chris Jones


In the Gallery
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Glass Struggle
Even though he's a glass artist of world renown today, Tom Philabaum wasn't always so intimately associated with the medium. [6]
Margaret Regan

Exhibitionism
Reviews of "Children of Children" at San Antonio's Witte Museum, and "Our Own Dear Anton's Abandoned Story Cycle" at John Henry Faulk Living Theatre. [7]

Toast to an Artspace About Art
The Pro-Jex photography gallery and frameshop move. [8]
John Spong


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