Where's Elvis?
Because this week marks the 20th anniversary of the King's death, we've got a big, bloated selection of related articles. But we've playfully hidden them throughout Weekly Wire. Can you find them? Winners will receive a brand-new Cadillac.

Tempest Tossed
Director Miguel Areta's Star Maps tells the story of a young Latino whose own father pimps him out on the streets of L.A. Fitting, then, that Areta had to endure four years of a different kind of hustling to get his debut film made. An interview details the struggle.

Ground Zero
What happened when unknowing soldiers were subjected to a 1953 nuclear blast in the Nevada desert? A skillfully penned article relates the experience in excruciating detail, and finds that the government still refuses to take responsibility for the cancers and genetic problems faced by victims of such "tests."

Night Spot
We're not sure whether it's the uniformly greasy food, the surreal late-night clientele, or the campy selection of self-referential songs on the jukebox, but there's just something about a Waffle House. A writer attempts to capture the national breakfast joint's comforting mystique.

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

Weekly Wire Xtra Amazingly, we made it to issue ten of Weekly Wire. During our celebration, we managed to whip up a quick Xtra page commemorating the big ten-oh. There you'll find links to 10 of our staff's favorite articles from past issues. Unfortunately, the party got a little out of hand and art director Amy Burnham prankishly defaced all our photographs.


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News & Opinion
On the 20th anniversary of his death, Elvis is still seen everywhere, and this news section is no exception. Other articles include a shattering account of the 1950s nuclear testing that ruined the lives of countless guinea-pig soldiers; an exposé of the conspiracy buffs inhabiting much of New Mexico; and a look at an Austin TV reporter whose belligerent personality is the stuff of local legends. [16 articles]





Film & TV
A dialogue with Anne Francis finds the Forbidden Planet actress in a down-to-earth mood, but an interview with director Miguel Arteta catches him flying high thanks to the success of his debut film, Star Maps. Plus: a surfeit of reviews for foreign-film buffs, including The Pillow Book, Mrs. Brown, Shall We Dance? and When the Cat's Away. And: Why are Renee Zellweger and Matthew McConaughy so angry they could chop off an arm? [15 articles]





Music
Musicians continue to stretch themselves like heated taffy. The New Rhythm & Blues Quartet have dropped their punk pose to make music for kiddies, while Headshake try a '90s take on creative stage personas (a là KISS or the Village People). Roy Hargrove extends his jazz into Latin territories with a new album, and 311 transform intense funk-jazz into huge sales. Plus: what keeps songwriters lining up at Nashville's famous Bluebird Café? [16 articles]




Arts & Leisure
Something's cooking at the Waffle House, and it's not just greasy waffles. A writer contemplates the mystical qualities of the national breakfast joint -- and its campily self-promoting jukebox selections. Also: Are Harley-Davidson motorcycles art? How about tattoos and graffiti? More important, where are the best Web sites to plan a vacation, and what should you do if you get a hangover while you're on it? [11 articles]





Books
We're not sure which authors are crazier: the people who penned these nutty conspiracy theory books, or the recipients of this year's sci-fi Hugo Awards. Meanwhile Hunter S. Thompson makes his own bid for insanity with his new collection of correspondences, The Proud Highway. Plus: reviews of recent works by Mary Gaitskill, Richard S. Wheeler, Larry Goodell, and a trunkload of books about the King. [8 articles]




Comics
Why nibble on Peanuts when you can gorge on Red Meat? [7 comics]


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