The Ambassador of Filth
Twenty-five years after the repulsive Pink Flamingos and on the verge of releasing a silly art-world satire called Pecker, John Waters remains the Ambassador of Filth. An interview explains the aesthete's highly developed criteria for separating good bad taste from bad bad taste.

From Nowhere to Here
From The Doom Generation to Independence Day, the career of 24-year-old actor James Duval continues to take galactic leaps forward.

Rebel With a Rhythm
The Artist Formerly Known As Prince is on a Tiring Journey Some Describe As A Concert Tour. His performance of Music In A Style Once Called Improvised Funk creates A Show Worthy Of An In-Depth Review.

Hucksters, Pilgrims, and Scholars
He's still the King: after attending the 20th Annual Elvis Presley International Tribute Week, a participant reflects on the unflagging phenomenon of Elvis worship.

Natural Selection
What's the nature of Nature? The budding environmental journal Terra Nova pins down that question like a lepidopterist with a new box of needles.

Volume I, Issue 13
September 2 - September 8, 1997

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Who are the people in your neighborhood, the people that you meet each day? These are. Also: If you find telemarketers inhuman, guess what -- so do their bosses, as this article shows. And: Does Clinton measure up to JFK? What happened with Arizona governor Fife Symington's trouble-ridden trial? What are quick-stop tourists missing in the painted desert? Can they find it with a search engine? [8 articles]





Film & TV
An interview with John Waters gives the inside dope on his new movie Pecker, while an interview with actor James Duval explains the bright side of working with noisy filmmaker Gregg Araki. Writers reflect on the joyful days of drive-in movie theaters, the haphazard rise of women in television shows, the indiginities of president movies and the changing cinematic face of pigs. Plus: film reviews galore! [12 articles]






Music
A summary of Elvis Week finds the spirit of the King very much alive, while a review of a recent concert by The Artist Formerly Known As Prince discovers he's almost as good without a name. Two articles about Kelley Deal catch the rocker in fine form after her bout with heroin addiction, a story relates how Ed King (of Lynyrd Skynyrd fame) found his beloved guitar, an interview discovers John Fogerty's still got it after all these years, and articles on the Squirrel Nut Zippers and Whiskeytown explain how they got their crrrazy names. Plus: endless album reviews. [15 articles]




Arts & Leisure
An interview with Jim Fowler reveals that the former Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom host is still quite a wild man, while a survey of Web sites for old video games promises to cure your Pac Man fever. Theatre and visual arts reviews dissect the work of Uruguayan political artists, Shakespeare revisionists, and seminal American painters. And: the new Tornado sandwich from Kentucky Fried Chicken -- is it edible? [9 articles]





Books
Attack of the Southwestern authors! Lucy Tapahono weaves together Navajo poetry and storytelling with Blue Horses Rush In; Lawrence Clark Powell provides plenty of on-the-road listening material with his three-volume audiotape collection; the journal Terra Nova: Nature & Culture fills a niche with contemporary environmental writing; and the 70-year-old Rolando Hinojosa-Smith continues to wow audiences with Tex-Mex short novels in his ongoing Klail City Death Trip series. Plus: Is Young and Modern sassier than Sassy? [6 articles]




Comics
Come down from your Staggering Heights and get to the Red Meat of the matter with this swell set of cartoons that includes Mueller, Eye of the Beholder, K. Rat, Random Shots, and La Cucaracha. [7 comics]



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