Volume I, Issue 51
May 26 - June 1, 1998

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News & Opinion
Hey, who said news had to be true? Not one of the New Republic's writers. Disgraced, he'll probably make an easy escape to some other life. Escape won't be so easy for the wives of Mormon polygamists, though. They've got it rough, and they need help. In other conflicts, evolution has come a long way in school textbooks -- but what about in the classroom itself? And how's Apple's little revival coming along? Plus: Why mediation works, why animal lovers shouldn't cry wolf, and how Hank Aaron coped with racism. [11 articles]

Film & TV
Goodbye, TV: We might miss "Seinfeld," but will anyone really miss "Jerry Springer"? Besides, isn't it time for some big-screen, bigger-budget entertainment? Check out these three previews for more information than you ever wanted about the upcoming summer movies. (And if you prefer low-budget, gross-out fare, there's always Joe Christ.) If it's reviews you want, dig your claws into critiques of "Godzilla," "Quest for Camelot," "The Horse Whisperer," "Character," and even a revival of Scorsese's "Mean Streets." Plus more! [19 articles]

As he sang to his daughter Nancy, life's a trippy thing. That was truer for Frank Sinatra than anybody. Goodbye, daddy-o. Also: If you think Nashville Pussy's success hinges on the "Nashville" part of their name, it's time to read this article. And what's Lenny Kravitz doing with that washboard stomach? Does that help him sing? As for Béla Fleck, his bluegrass banjo playing appears to be all he needs. Other featured stylists include the bossa nova combo Lobstar, trip-hop specialists Massive Attack, and some coal-mining bluesmen! [11 articles]

Arts & Leisure
Defensive driving requires a loaded gun -- who knew? For that matter, who knew that up-to-the-minute clubgoing required a whip? Moreover, who knew that Mr. T enjoyed noshing on testes? Plus: Writers visit historic hippie sites in San Francisco, avoid the ants at a placid picnic, roll in delicious recipes, and share favorite stories about childhood summers and entertainment. Art? You want art? Read up on the Oaxacan paintings of Rodolfo Morales, the cutting edge in theatre, and the joys of digging up archaeology. [11 articles]

In an interview, Judy Blume defends the honesty of her books about adolescence, and rightly so: kids don't need no stinking happy endings. Plus: Dale Peck goes maximalist with "Now It's Time to Say Goodbye," Barry Gifford crosses the line in two books about bordertowns, Ian Halperin and Max Wallace give us dirty laundry in "Who Killed Kurt Cobain?," Henry Buchanan gives oral pleasures with "And The Goat Cried," and Polish poet Wislawa Szymborska re-publishes her life's work. And: A few cool summer reading suggestions! [12 articles]

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 La Cucaracha. [7 comics]

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