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Volume I, Issue 10
August 11 - August 18, 1997

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Aliens, Martian Colonies, and Dwarves
A look at look at the nominees for this year's Hugo Awards for science fiction; also, reviews of When the Drummers Were Women: A Spiritual History of Rhythm and How to Hide Things in Public Places. [2]
Adrienne Martini, Sherri Baby Canon, and Jay Hardwig

Letter From the Edge
Hunter S. Thompson's new book gets the once-over. [3]
Blake de Pastino

Beautiful Brooding
Mary Gaitskill is at it again -- mining those twisted psyches and revealing the demographics of sex, power and intimacy -- in her first collection of short stories in more than a decade. [4]
Piers Marchant

Good Fortune
A new novel takes a realistic look at life in Gilded-Age Denver. [5]
Emil Franzi

Media Mix
Picking up the pieces of the Balkans. [6]

Pub. Crawl
Elvis fans may be hurting on this 20th anniversary, but publishers aren't. [7]
Leonard Gill

High Strange New Mexico Map
A guide to the weirdest places in New Mexico. [8]
Devin D. O'Leary

Speed Reader
Mangoes, Bananas and Coconuts, Round Rock, Hi-Fis & Hi-Balls and Here on Earth get the read through this week. [9]
Jessica English, Tracey L. Cooley, Devin O'Leary, Julie Birnbaum

Now What?
Love to read? Need some clever ideas? Our library of resources and staff picks are guaranteed to turn on plenty of mental light bulbs via your electrified eye sockets. [10]

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Talk Back
Our online BBS is just like the Algonquin Round Table, only electronic, sober, and without all the famous people.


razy people -- you gotta love 'em. I'm not saying that because they're lovable. I'm saying that because they're everywhere and if you don't love them they'll get under your skin until you become one of the crazies yourself. Better adapt.

Books make a fine way to stop worrying and learn to love the dumb. There are plenty of helpful reviews here if you want to read them. One set details some works by wacked-out conspiracy theorists in New Mexico. Whether yapping about the Roswell incident or underground bases and tunnels, these people give goobers a lovable name.

Then there's the Hugo Awards, which commemorate solid writings in the sci-fi field. Some of them, it turns out, are more vapid than solid, reading like demented episodes of Star Trek. Others are more lovable. For sheer adorable looniness, though, be sure to scroll to the bottom and read the review of How to Hide Things in Public Places, a charmingly scatterbrained Loompanics publication, of course.

One guy who's elevated craziness to an art form is Hunter S. Thompson, that whimsical drugged-out kook. Apparently his collection of letters, The Proud Highway, goes so far as to make insanity sublime.

I suppose I should also mention some reviews of relatively sane reading material.

Back to the mental freaks. Here's a few books about Elvis Presley, a man so crazy he used to go around giving brand new Cadillacs to total strangers. Ya gotta love him.

From The Vaults

Media Mix
The decline and fall of "Might" magazine. [07-14-97]

Imbalance of Power
Robert D. Kaplan has been described as a purveyor of "travel writing from hell." His journey through the Third World is definitely not on the official tour. [06-06-97]
Emil Franzi

Reviewed: Political satire on the road in "Trail Fever" by Michael Lewis; Rykodisc's "Kerouac: kicks joy darkness" [07-08-97]

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