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. 
Adrienne Martini, Sherri Baby Canon, and Jay Hardwig
Letter From the Edge
Hunter S. Thompson's new book gets the once-over. 
Blake de Pastino
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. 
A new novel takes a realistic look at life in Gilded-Age Denver. 
Picking up the pieces of the Balkans. 
Elvis fans may be hurting on this 20th anniversary, but publishers aren't. 
High Strange New Mexico Map
A guide to the weirdest places in New Mexico. 
Devin D. O'Leary
Mangoes, Bananas and Coconuts, Round Rock, Hi-Fis & Hi-Balls and Here on Earth get the read through this week. 
Jessica English, Tracey L. Cooley, Devin O'Leary, Julie Birnbaum
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. 
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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
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
I suppose I should also mention some reviews of relatively sane
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.
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]
Reviewed: Political satire on the road in "Trail Fever" by Michael Lewis; Rykodisc's "Kerouac: kicks joy darkness" [07-08-97]