Cocktail Culture
Girlie Drinks for the more "feminine" ladies out there...and for the occasional man who's secure enough in his sexuality to order a giant pink drink with an umbrella in it.

Does Cheerleading Kill Brain Cells?
Why do so many parents push their kids into a sport that includes hairbows as part of the official uniform? In this article a generation trains for a 'sport' that's expensive, dangerous and a dead-end waste of time.

The Canadian Menace!
Look at a map. Are you not outraged by the icy finger of Canada that plunges dangerously deep into the Great Lakes region? Is there any reason why Detroit should be across the river from a foreign country?

Reading, Writing, Rights
What are we teaching our children about actively participating in society if we're not teaching them their rights? The ACLU warns about students' diminishing rights.

Widow's Walk
Anytime John Irving publishes, it's news. This week's the Boston Phoenix's Nicholas Patterson talks to Irving about his new one, "A Widow For One Year".

Volume II, Issue 2
July 6 - July 13, 1998

Spotlight: Friday Edition
Slammers
Slap me some poetry

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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News & Opinion
What constitutional rights does a child in school have? The ACLU is fighting the fight and you get to read about it here. Who was Omar Ibn Said and why should his 167 year old autobiography cause such a stir in academe? Captain Opinion rallies the U.S. against the insidious threat of....Canada. [7 articles]





Film & TV
Acclaimed at the Sundance festival, "Smoke Signals" is a story about Native Americans told by Chris Eyre, a Cheyenne/Arapaho. Here's an interview with Eyre and a review of the film. What? No mention of this week's "summer blockbuster" yet? Okay okay. How about a meteor shower full o' reviews on "Armageddon?" And let us not forget the resurgence of Midnight Movies. [17 articles]





Music
This week, Weekly Wire brings together George Benson, CBGB, the Nashville funk/rap band Utopia State, Rancid, Austin's 8 1/2 Souvenirs, Gina Birch, Dallas' Tripping Daisy, and Patty Griffin. Yikes! Not to play together, you understand. They're all featured here. [15 articles]




Arts & Leisure
It's a very mixed bag here. The so-called "sport" of Cheerleading is examined by FW Weekly's P.A Humphrey. Meanwhile in Memphis, one writer details the hell he's gone through for his love of setting off fireworks. Nashville Scene's James Hanback Jr. takes Windows '98 for a test drive and reports his findings. [11 articles]





Books
Summer reading has never looked so promising! John Irving discusses his craft and his new book, "A Widow For One Year." Mark Childress is back with another comic novel, "Gone for Good." The fascinating life of a fabulous eccentric is detailed in "The Queen of Whale Cay." Marion Barbara Carstairs wore men's clothes in the 1920s, raced motorcycles, and--later in life--bought an island. "The Queen of Whale Cay" looks to be a great read. [9 articles]




Comics
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