Ally Oops
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Earth-Shattering News
No muss, no fuss: In Mimi Leder's "Deep Impact," the End of the World will barely dishevel your hair, let alone inspire profound feelings of cosmic doom.

Sitcommie
Goodbye, Seinfeld, we're sorry to see you go. Relative to the history of TV sit-coms, however, we're not that sorry.

Monkey Trouble: Shaking the Family Tree
Think evolution is a well-accepted fact? In Tennessee, home of the infamous Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925, the battle of words between Darwinists and creationists continues to this day.

VOLUME I, ISSUE 50
May 18 - May 26, 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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Was Darwin full of it? That's what quite a few creationists think. And not all in the same ways. Plus: What's it like, selling guns that are older than you are? What kind of man ghostwrites the biography of somebody who killed one of the nation's great moral leaders? Where does freedom from homophobia stop and free speech begin? Also: A look back at the creation of Israel, a big "Hello" to the new Macintosh, a loving look at locusts, and some meditations on the intrusiveness of technology. [10 articles]





Film & TV
In overhyped-sitcom news: A remote-control junkie reflects on why "Seinfeld" doesn't deserve to be listed among the TV titans, and a party pooper throws a wet blanket over the nation's love affair with "Ally McBeal" and dancing babies. Also: Four separate reviews get to the bottom of "Deep Impact," Robert Redford scores a verrrry quiet victory with "The Horse Whisperer," Woody Allen gets endearingly bossed around in "Wildman Blues," director John Duigan whips up yet another small-scale charmer, and more! [21 articles]





Music
No nepotism here. That's what writers are saying in their reviews of new albums by Emma Townshend (Pete's girl) and John Lennon's other son. Plus: A writer looks into the future to discover who will dominate the past; country singer Hal Ketchum puts his love of opiates behind him; Jeff Buckley bucks trends even after his death; and Honeyboy Edwards produces some sweet old blues. Plus: interviews and profiles of such jazzy individuals as Kevin Hays, Marian McPartland, and Charlie Hunter & Pound for Pound. [15 articles]




Arts & Leisure
The Goths are back! Yes, we've got yet another exposť of the teen fashion trend that wouldn't die. (Why? Because it's undead.) A diverse selection of other articles examine the best ways to vacation in Cape Cod, a mystical grandma who creates good vibes in 7-11, the funkiest product-advertisement sites on the Web, and the latest innovation in gallery-going: drive-thru art! Plus: How to savor theatrical "Tuna," tolerate musical shtickery, approach uninterpretable photography, and bite into the newest fruit around. [11 articles]





Books
Robert Stone finds thrills in Jerusalem with "Damascus Gate"; Cormac McCarthy harnesses the violent history of the American West in "Blood Meridian"; Jill Kerr's "When Memory Speaks" dissects autobiographies; Richard McCord chronicles his battle against the Gannett newspaper empire in "The Chain Gang"; and Howard Kurtz's "Spin Cycle" reveals the truth about Clintonian public relations. Plus: feminist tell-alls, exposés of California politics, confessions of a hiker, and an up-close and personal look at microbes. [10 articles]




Comics
Come down from your Staggering Heights and get to the Red Meat of the matter with this swell set of cartoons that also includes Mueller, Eye of the Beholder, K. Rat, Random Shots, and Skew You. [6 comics]



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