Volume I, Issue 15
September 15 - September 22, 1997

What's New
If you like cartoons, I mean if you really like cartoons, don't miss out on this Comics Xtra, chock full of first-rate artwork from some of the best national cartoonists you've never seen.

Weekly Wire Xtra
In addition to the Comics Xtra mentioned above, we've also got Xtras about National Public Radio's refusal to air a poem by Martin Espada, and the Weekly Wire staff's favorite articles from the first 10 issues. Keep your eyes on this space; even more Xtras are on their way.

Film Vault
Hundreds of film reviews and thousands of links! Sort alphabetically or by publication, genre, director, or date. Check it out!

Red Meat
The most tasteless and twisted comic strip in the world. Featuring the Red Meat Archive, Reader Favorite Archive, and the Meat Conference Forum!

Talk Back
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Additional Vaults
Besides the Film Vault, we carry multitudinous archives that include various cities' Best Of editions, local music registers, album reviews, book reviews, and plenty more.

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News & Opinion
With eight editorials about the death of Diana Spencer, we've definitely got our bases covered. Cynicism, poignance, bitterness, hypocrisy, metaphysics, media-saturation, indignation, censorship -- it's all right here. Plus: a new book points out what's negative about affirmative action, Apple computers buys up its competitor's "core," and Odds & Ends showcases the world's continuing insanity. [12 articles]

Film & TV
Somebody's got to keep the torch of quality cinema burning. A fascinating interview with Stan Brakhage finds the veteran experimental filmmaker very much up to the task. If these critiques are any indication, Brakhage would probably like Career Girls, Irma Vep, The Game, and maybe even The Full Monty and The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca. But you can be sure he wouldn't like Fire Down Below or Hoodlum. Also: Ch-ch, kuh-kuh, hah-hah....a reviewer slices up the Friday the 13th series. [12 articles]

For those about to attend Cleveland's financially overburdened Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame -- we salute you. We also salute 74-year-old mambo king Tito Puente; the best jazz, blues, rock, rap and classical albums of all time; the authenticity found in Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music; and (begrudgingly) Billy Ray Cyrus's new lease on life. Plus: Want to make big money while wearing big pants? Start an '80s cover band! [19 articles]

Arts & Leisure
This week the New Orleans Gambit celebrates the high-tech world with articles about multitasking (online and in real life), creating effective web sites, reaching one's publishing tentacles into cyberspace, the latest amazing electronic gadgets, and the battle over bandwidth. In the low-tech realm, articles on folk artists, the forgotten art of concert posters, and Frank Kozik provide a glimpse into our unplugged culture. And: high-tech meets low-tech with these religious websites. [15 articles]

Last spring author David Leavitt caused a quite a stir when Esquire's publisher pulled one of the author's lust-filled short stories at the last minute. With the release of Arkansas, readers can finally enjoy the author's self-referential narratives, censorship-free. Plus: A reviewer probes his way through three books about the Roswell, New Mexico UFO crash, while another reviewer finds spoonfuls of sugar in a historical examination of 19th-century medical quackery. And much more! [7 articles]

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

All the contributors to Weekly Wire, along with other AAN (Association of Alternative Newsweeklies) publications, can be read from this one easily accessible spot. Strongly recommended for bookmarking. [107 newspapers]

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