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Volume III, Issue 44
April 24 - May 1, 2000  

Fiction
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Meta-Marilyn [2]
Joyce Carol Oates's "Blonde," a ficticious autobiography of Marilyn Monroe, it is steeped in Oates's gothic excess and eerie description.
— Julia Hanna, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Half Nelson [3]
Saul Bellow's prose is alive in his portrait of friend and collegue Allan Bloom, "Ravelstein," but in the end, the story is unsatisfying.
— William Corbett, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Book Smarts [4]
Librarian Claire Reynier throws the book at white-collar crooks in "The Stolen Blue."
— Christine Wald-Hopkins, TUCSON WEEKLY
 

Non-fiction
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Vowell Language [5]
Essayist Sarah Vowell makes reality funnier than fiction.
— Shelly Ridenour, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 
Religious Experience [6]
Two Nashvillians explain the Catholic faith with aplomb.
— Michael Sims, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Bases Loaded [7]
Good ball players don't necessarily make good writers.
— Dave Chamberlain, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 
Good Wilson Effort [8]
Ben Wilson reviews "Woodrow Wilson" by Louis Auchincloss.
— Ben Wilson, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 


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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

oyce Carol Oates has created a fictional biography of Marilyn Monroe composed of a multitude of small, close-up moments, each adding to the next, until the suffocating weight of being the world's most celebrated sex symbol is palpable.

The real world is the exclusive focus of essayist Sarah Vowell's work and it is at least as passionate, as creative, as clever and as enjoyable as anything anyone could ever make up.

In the days of before ESPN, when baseball was a radio event or shown on grainy black-and-white television once a week, Red Smith captured the soul of America's pastime like no other baseball writer.

Also, a guide to understanding Catholicism, Saul Bellow's fictional portrait of Allan Bloom, a new mystery from New Mexico, and more.


Poetry
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Voices Of Youth [9]
Young Native American poets speak out in "When the Rain Sings."
— Christine Wald-Hopkins, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Now What? [10]
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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