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Volume IV, Issue 8
August 14 - August 21, 2000

News & Opinion

As a criminal case, the killing of Amy Boyer was open-and-shut. The police knew the who, what, where, when, and how. The only thing left was the why. Despite the fact that ecstasy has been illegal in the United States since 1985, it's more popular than ever. Abortion and gay rights don't fit in the GOP's Politics of Pleasantry, so you won't hear much about them until after the election. Also, grooming another Bush for the political life, the fate of Texas' sodomy law, and more.

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Film & TV

As the new NFL season is about to get under way, here comes "The Replacements," a film about a bunch of second-rate players who get a chance to make good during a football strike. The Hughes brothers explore the psychology, economics, lingo, couture, and mythology of the "American Pimp" in a new documentary. Are you a Steve or a Stu? "The Tao of Steve" might be able to answer that question for you. Also, a documentary about the demonization of pot, further lamentations over the current spate of reality shows, and more.

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In addition to being an actor, Russell Crowe is also a musician, a member of the folk band Thirty Odd Foot of Grunts. The pages of music history are crammed with more couples and intra-band coupling than a Vegas wedding chapel at midnight. Mali has given the world more than its share of great male recording artists, but in the capital of this West African nation, women singers dominate the airwaves. Also, a review of k.d. lang's new summer album, the memoirs of an ex-groupie, a session with psychologist-musician Lucy Kaplansky, and more.

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Arts & Leisure

Better Living Through Porno
Five Steps to a Sluttier You
Brown Paper Packages
Hippo Snouts and Hyena Eyeballs
Prophet for Our Times
and more...

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It has been a long time since the written word, no matter how laden with sexual description, has been up in the dock. The contemporary controversy about the legal control of pornography is almost wholly about visuals, but dirty books are not obsolete. Diane Johnson's ninth novel traverses the cultural difference between Americans and the French with hilarity and grace. Hilary Mantel uses bleakness as a backdrop against which her sense of the absurd comes into high relief. Also, Aimee Bender's fresh writing voice, Larry Brown's storytelling depth, 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 K. Rat and Random Shots.

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