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State Musician of Texas
If Texas had such designation, Douglas Wayne Sahm would be the State Musician of Texas.
Margaret Moser

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Volume III, Issue 23
November 29 - December 6, 1999

News & Opinion

Although there's no shortage of firearms in the United States, there is a surprisingly small number of places that teach you what to do with them. The Lethal Force Institute is one of those. Managing "work-out loans" involves a certain fiscal alchemy, and remedies can be anywhere from gentle forbearance to pursuing legal collection. A century after the creation of Esperanto, the world's most popular "synthetic language," people are still proud to pin hopeful green stars to their lapels. Also, questions of union corruption in Memphis, greeting the millennium, drug policy and freedom, and more.

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Film & TV

The latest animated masterpiece from Hayao Miyazaki is "Princess Mononoke," fable mixing equal parts "Lord of the Rings," "Yojimbo" and "Animal Farm." Calling this a "kid's film" would miss the point. James Bond beds babes and battles bad guys once again. "The World is Not Enough" might be satisfying, though it isn't as spunky as some of the series' originals. "Toy Story 2" is head and shoulders above most of Disney's output of late. Plus, the latest Jane Austen to make it to the screen, Arnold Schwarzenegger returns to fight the devil, a documentary about a self-taught filmmaker, and more.

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The world of music lost a unique talent when Doug Sahm died Nov. 18. The Austin Chronicle provides several remembrances of the musician this week, beginning with one by a fellow native of San Antonio. Lately there's been an element to Metallica's imperial domination that's started to feel a bit tawdry. With the release of "Odelay" in 1996, it became clear that Beck is force to contend with. Plus, Susana Baca, Michael W. Smith, and more.

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Arts & Leisure

Millennium Madness
Drawn To It
Greetings from the Great White North
Holiday Foods
and more...

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Concentration camp survivor Walter Meyer's engagement with life and adventure is unparalleled, even in the face of history's worst horrors. For Ellen Willis, the Nineties have been years of crises met with a sheer refusal to question received wisdom or engage in substantive deliberation. "Letters of the Century" is an enjoyable romp through the personal mail of well-known and anonymous 20th-century individuals. Also, a natural and cultural history of cockroaches, a kaleidoscope of fierce emotions with an intriguing plot, a dull look inside Silicon Valley, and more.

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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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