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First Church of Cyberspace

First Church of Cyberspace
This virtual parish has interesting elements but lacks the human touch.
Mary Allison Cates


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Waiting for the Flames
Had the FBI understood that the Branch Davidians viewed a cataclysmic governmental confrontation as their birthright and hope, they might have realized that their weapons raid would not be an easy operation.
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Volume III, Issue 14
September 27 - October 4, 1999



News & Opinion

It's heartening to see of a bunch of kids fighting for what's right, but it's horrifying to see someone not much older determined to exterminate entire races. Adopting a child is always difficult, and being visually impaired complicates the process. Adopting a child from Russia under those circumstances adds even more red tape. After almost 40 years without an execution in Tennessee, there are now two men down to their final legal appeals. Are executions too expensive, morally and economically? Also, animal research, Al Gore rebounds, ad-writing computers, taking time to listen, and more.

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Film & TV

Toronto's film festival is both great and impossible, with 256 feature films on display. You can't see everything. You can't write about everything. You can't share all the stories. Bollywood is churning out hundreds of movies a year, many of which attract sold-out crowds to Memphis movie houses through word-of-mouth advertising. Bollywood? "American Beauty" is a brilliant, exhilarating piece of filmmaking. Also, reviews of "The Dinner Game," "Jakob the Liar," "Blue Streak," "Double Jeopardy," and more.

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Music

After the 1996 war that left two of rap's best-loved artists dead, it's surprising that geographic diversity is helping lead the hip-hop assault on the music charts. Listening to Billy Joe Shaver's records is following a personal journey that no other songwriter has described quite as richly or as honestly. The Waco Brothers may be the only socialist country band on the American club circuit. Also, mainstream pop from Mary J. Blige, the iconoclastic Don Byron, leftovers from Prince, and more.

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Arts & Leisure

First Church of Cyberspace
Camping With Witches
Sacred Ground
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Books

Ray Bradbury has written some of the most memorable short stories and novels of all time, and in an interview with Albuquerque's Weekly Alibi, the author talks about the millennium, the next 50 years, the purpose of fiction, and more. Scott Turow's new book borrows from his involvement in an infamous judicial corruption sting in the '80s. Susan Perabo's first collection of short stories offers characters spooked by love, crippled by insecurity, desperate for change, and thrilled by possibility. Plus, a look inside a Disney-planned community, two views on the corruption of American politics, reviews of books on marijuana and opium, and more.

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Comics

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, K. Rat and Random Shots.

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