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Volume III, Issue 1
June 28 - July 5, 1999

News & Opinion

Riddle's Elephant and Wildlife Sanctuary, a 330-acre tract of land nestled deep in the Arkansas hinterlands, is the only facility of its kind in the world. Billboard proliferation is out of control in Memphis and elsewhere. God is also into billboards these days. Need a spiritual tour guide to see Sedona, Arizona? Plus, the beauty of life and nature, and more.

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Film & TV

Independent cinema has exploded during this decade, but video has irreversibly altered the ways movies are made and perceived. John Landis mixes his love of the fantastic with comedy and the genuine pathos. "Big Daddy" begins the "maturation" of Adam Sandler with a "lunge toward responsibility"... maybe. Also, three reviews of "The General's Daughter," wrestling and cooking on TV, and more.

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The grunge scene shoved the Brit-poppers off of MTV during the '90s, at least. At the same time, the Nashville rock community has grown stronger, and the country music industry is enjoying what could be called the good old days. Plus, profiles of Chucho Valdéz, Maceo Parker, and Mary Jane Lamond, a host of reissues, and more.

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Arts & Leisure

Cowboy Disneyland
Grilling for Snobs
Holy Smoke!
and more...

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Leslie Marmon Silko speaks at length about growing up in Laguna Pueblo, Indian history, American life and politics, and -- the closest of all to her heart -- the fine art of telling stories. Mark Mazower's new book is essential reading for understanding Europe in the 20th century. R. Scott Brunner has stitched together a "patchwork quilt of life in the South," and more.

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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 and Random Shots.

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