Guilt or Galt?
Did James Earl Ray kill Martin Luther King? He claimed innocence for 30 years. What does the evidence say?

Say Never
The summer cinema season is almost upon us. Which makes this a good time to remind ourselves that life doesn't imitate movie schlock -- ever.

Ship Fever
These days, everyone wants a piece of the Titanic. But a convention of the Titanic Historical Society is where you find the unsinkable fanatics.

Trawling Panthalassa
In Bill Laswell's latest album, the producer, musician and boundary-pushing experimentalist has reinvented his greatest influence: Miles Daves.

"Sliding Doors"
In a parallel universe, Peter Howitt's writing and directing debut does not star Gwyneth Paltrow, does not have a clever premise, and isn't a very well-made movie. He prefers this universe.

Volume I, Issue 48
May 4 - May 11, 1998

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Introduction: Smells Like Team Spirit
What will happen when hundreds of poets descend upon Austin in the middle of August?
Spike Gillespie

Gin and Condoms Everywhere
The memoirs of veteran Slammer and Spanker Wammo.
Wammo

Handicapper's Guide
Picking out the favorites of the more than 40 teams going head to head to head in this year's Nationals.
Michael Bertin


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James Earl Ray dies, still professing his innocence, and goes to hell. Bill Gates gets depantsed once again, while the student-loan sharks chase each other in circles. Tom Tomorrow gets pulled down by past puritanism, more people suffer in Indonesia's Irian Jaya, and a job applicant discovers why it's negative to be HIV-negative. Plus: How free is freedom of expression? Why do many still like Clinton? What's contrary about banning the Virgin Mary? And what's the mystical matter with candles? [15 articles]





Film & TV
If you have difficulty distinguishing between movie fantasy and the limitations of reality, boy do we have a column for you. But if you'd prefer to read interviews, we score well on that front too -- we've got the makers of "Chinese Box," "Sliding Doors," and "Still Breathing" telling us their deepest directorial secrets. Reviews? But of course. "Four Days in September," "Taste of Cherry," "The Big Hit" and "Sliding Doors" all get the treatment. Plus: Everything you never wanted to know about hit men! [10 articles]





Music
Miles of Miles: One of jazz history's greatest creative forces just got a boost; the seminal avant-garde work of Miles Davis is now available via box set or Bill Laswell's inspired studio reworking. Also this week: A tribute to legendary country crooner Rose Maddox, may she rest in peace; some strong opinions on current trends in movie soundtracks; watching the tail grow back on Jesus Lizard; dissecting the whines of Tori Amos; and two bedeviled reviews of Bonnie Raitt's polished primitivity. Plus more! [8 articles]




Arts & Leisure
Neophyte Titanic fanatics: Sure, you know Leonardo DiCaprio's sign. But do you know the number of rivets holding the boat together? These people do, and they're tired of you amateurs throwing cold water on their reputations. Plus: Wow, check out these provocative photos from the U.S./Mexico border! Did the photogs have to go through experiences like this one to get their pics? And which would your rather attend: plays about racism, topical yet meaningful comedy skits, or another "Nicholas Nickleby"? [5 articles]





Books
New works shed some lesbian light upon the "gayby boom," probe the secrets of alien abduction, break multi-culti ground studying cultures around the U.S.-Mexico border, and size up the yawning expanse of Andy Warhol's mundane tape recordings. Plus: Russell Banks' "Cloudsplitter" explores the career of radical abolitionist John Brown with powerful results; the 20 years it took to write C.S. Godshalk's "Kakimantaan" finally pay off, and several Austin writers give lessons in logrolling! [6 articles]




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