Volume I, Issue 55
June 22 - June 29, 1998


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News & Opinion
How good a governor was Bill Clinton? Don't ask the media covering the new presidential candidate--they had stars in their eyes. The Association of Alternative Newsweeklies just had their national conventions. Here's two different takes after the auspicious event. AIDS seems to be fading from the public's conscious. Read about one man's struggle in Knoxville. [11 articles]





Film & TV
Why review summer movies when you can review the trailers!!? Interviews with Don Roos--the writer/director of "The Opposite of Sex" and Howard Rheingold, new media pundit. Plus reviews of "Six Days, Seven Nights", "Can't Hardly Wait", Italian horror films, "X-Files", and more. [14 articles]





Music
Country music is apparently coming out of it's glassy-eyed stupor and it's beginning to put the song and singer first instead of gimmicks. Who benefits from the Record Deal? Junior Brown is someone you should listen to. Rebecca Gates continues the Spinnanes in Chicago. A current update on Frank Black, a number of books on music, and more. [11 articles]




Arts & Leisure
Some people need to prove themselves by running a marathon after surviving double-bypass heart surgery. Others push their threshold in a new sport--ultra running: grueling 50 mile wilderness runs where you run til you drop. Check out a fresh view of Chicago (by a southerner). Don't understand all the hubbub about the World Cup. Here's Tom Danehy's take on it. [9 articles]





Books
Non-Fiction a go go this week! Jim Hightower's new one plus a word association game. A number of books on the Black experience in the south and segragation. A biography of Doc Holliday. A book on the present day Civil War "Re-enactors". Roy Blount Jr.'s newest. [8 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 La Cucaracha. [7 comics]



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