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Volume II, Issue 13
September 21 - September 28, 1998  
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Rocket to Success [2]
West Virginia native Homer Hickam grew up in a coal mining town with few ambitions--until Sputnik opened up the world of outer space. The NASA engineer-turned-author talks about the genesis of Rocket Boys.
— Tracy Jones, METRO PULSE

Graphic Novels
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Fall Literary Guide Introduction [3]
This year's guide looks at "graphic novels" — or big comics, if you prefer.
— Claiborne Smith and Margaret Moser, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
The Lost Cause [4]
If cartoonist Jack Jackson wants to be treated as a serious historian, he'll have to learn to view history through unbigoted eyes.
— Michael Ventura, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
The Story of Jews [5]
Village Voice cartoonist Stan Mack covers Abraham to Netanyahu in 273 pages.
Too Much Coffee Man and Steel Rain [6]
The superhero with the strength of caffeine, and atypical big-breasted superheroines.
The Wrong Cause [7]
John Wesley Hardin was hardly deserving of the romantic mythology which surrounds him now.

Mini Reviews
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Speed Reader Deluxe [13]

  • William L. Fox
  • J. Manuel Espinosa
  • Nicholas Evans
  • Duff Brenna
  • Simon Reynolds
  • Michael Bronski
  • Bell Hooks
  • Eric Hobsbawm
  • Robert Coles
  • Nicholas Nixon



ustin Chronicle brings us a look at the graphic novel, the natural offshoot of a society that is visually fixated. We take a look at four new novels that are moving out of the realm of specialty shops and into the mainstream.

Metro Pulse's Tracy Jones talks to former rocket scientist Homer H. Hickam about his foray into writing. From his early life in rural West Virginia, Hickam has seen all parts of the globe in his time with N.A.S.A., documenting it all in Rocket Boys.

Reviews of books about Area 51, Prozac, the Grand Canyon, the Mississippi delta, and the father of modern public relations, and an enlarged version of "Speed Reader" wrap up the Books section this week.

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Dreamland Diary [8]
Area 51--the top-secret air base in southern Nevada whose restricted airspace is known as Dreamland--has come to represent everything and, consequently, signify nothing.
— Christopher Weir, TUCSON WEEKLY
Bargaining with Prozac [9]
Lauren Slater's "Prozac Diary" questions the price of being normal.
Propaganda Of Place [10]
Phoenix, Arizona-based environmental historian Stephen J. Pyne explores the transformation of human thought about the Grand Canyon, once considered a worthless hellhole.
— Gregory McNamee, TUCSON WEEKLY
All In The Family [11]
Remembering the Delta with Ellen Douglas.
— Leonard Gill, MEMPHIS FLYER
Stunt Man [12]
A new biography explains how public-relations pioneer Edward Bernays spun himself into control.
— Nicholas Patterson, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Now What? [14]
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.

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