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Volume II, Issue 9
August 24 - August 31, 1998  
 
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Ann Beattie Opens Up [2]
Ann Beattie's "Park City" short-story retrospective proves that the ordinary can be full of surprises.
— Interview by Chris Wright, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Trillin at Home [3]
Calvin Trillin explains why his new "Family Man" is kinder to its subjects than Dostoyevsky would have been.
— Interview by Mark Bazer, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 

Rockefeller
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The Unbinding of Rockefeller
A review of "Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller Sr."
— James Jay
 
The Music of Secrecy
An Interview with Ron Chernow
— James Jay
 

Fiction
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Czech Mate [4]
Surprise, Surprise! Milan Kundera's latest novel, "Identity," unfolds in an almost entirely linear fashion.
— Zachary Woodruff, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Car Wreck [5]
Harmony Korine's "A Crack-Up at the Race Riots" is like a car crash -- an interesting, painful experience that doesn't make a lot of sense.
— Nicholas Patterson, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Red Planet Revisited [6]
"The Truth About Mars: An Eyewitness Account," by Ernest. L Norman, is an amusing crock of retro weirdness.
— Christopher Weird, TUCSON WEEKLY
 

Non-fiction
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Disintegration Discourse [7]
In "The Future In Plain Sight," journalist Eugene Linden has far more serious things to say about the year 2000 and beyond.
— Leigh Rich, TUCSON WEEKLY
 

Poetry
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Heavyweight Poetry [8]
Gene Frumkin's "The Old Man Who Swam Away...".
— Blake de Pastino, WEEKLY ALIBI
 


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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

his week we open with a few choice interviews from the Boston Phoenix. One of the U.S.'s most influential writers, Ann Beattie, talks about her latest effort, Park City. A collection of stories that span her career up to now, Beattie fills us in on her thoughts in "Ann Beattie Opens Up."

Following up is an interview with Calvin Trillin, a current contributor to Brill's Content and a regular in Time magazine. Trillin's newest book, Family Man, touches on the humorous and mostly true lives of those close to him, including himself. Read his interview in "Trillin at Home."

Tucson Weekly's Zachary Woodruff explores Milan Kundera's Identity. Haromy Korine, screenwriter of Kids and director of Gummo, has a new novel that is disjointed and often tedious, says the Boston Phoenix's Nicholas Patterson.

Featured this week is a special section from James Jay on author Ron Chernow and his latest effort, Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. In "The Unbinding of Rockefeller," Jay turns a critical eye on the book, finding it a thorough view of both sides of Rockefeller's life. In "The Music of Secrecy," James Jay interviews author Ron Chernow, who also penned The House of Morgan and The Warburgs. Chernow discusses the deeply personal elements of Rockefeller's life that he feels defined the man who dominated early 20th Century American business.


Mini Reviews
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Speed Reader [9]
"Virgin Fiction" by Salon Magazine; "Unknown Legends of Rock and Roll" by Richie Unterberger; "Praying to the laughing GOd" by Kevin McColley; "Rich Man's Table" by Scott Spencer.
— Blake de Pastino, Stephen Ausherman, Jennifer Scharn, Brendan Doherty, WEEKLY ALIBI
 

Now What? [10]
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.
WEEKLY WIRE
 


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