Volume I, Issue 27
December 8 - December 15, 1997

What's New?
Woo hoo! The Film Vault now contains TV reviews! Plus: Why the odds don't look good for Bruce Babbitt's "Department of Ulterior."


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Stand-alone sites for your browsing pleasure: Behind the scenes at Bruce Babbitt's "Department of Ulterior"; A tribute to blues guitarist Rainer Ptácek; Comics from some great unknown cartoonists; Why National Public Radio and political poetry don't mix; and Weekly Wire staff picks from the first 10 issues.


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News & Opinion
Body image problems -- they're not just for women anymore. Plus: A military school frightens with friendliness; a sexual scammer goes to the slammer; Southern Baptists break up into bits; AIDS awareness remains an essential; an atheist attempts to explain away Christmas; a teen prays for a more virile voice; and a mom accepts the inevitability of Barbies and battlefields. Also: a truly ballsy new way to do laundry![13 articles]





Film & TV
Is Steven Spielberg's "Amistad" this year's "Schindler's List"? Co-producer Debbie Allen certainly thinks so. Also: A retrospective of Capital Punishment films finds rich drama on death row; and several reviews of "Alien: Resurrection" scream for a stop to the slimy series. Other reviews set their sights on "Sick," "Fast, Cheap & Out of Control," "Wings of the Dove," "The Rainmaker," and "Pretty Village." Plus: Scorsese casts a new Rat Pack. [20 articles]





Music
From acid jazz to the sounds of jungle, electronic music continues to thrive. Profiles of Adrian Sherwood and the Lords of Acid prove it. But have digital DJs contributed to the decline in rock bands' ability to tour? Plus: The Dandy Warhols rediscover their roots; Chubawamba tones down its politics; a distinguished essayist relates his perception of the Doors; and several dozen record reviews praise the latest pickings. [18 articles]




Arts & Leisure
Time keeps on slipping -- but thanks to "voluntary simplicity," many are tightening their grips. Also, learn why "secondhand" has become "vintage"; what performing "A Christmas Carol" taught several Tiny Tims; how Rodin changed the standards of sculpture; and whose ape-like antics are the latest rage in activism. And be sure to browse the latest in bow-ties, purvey the latest in Pop Art, and savor the latest "Speed Eater"! [13 articles]





Books
Need shopping help? Let our book guide be your salvation. You name it, we've got it covered: rock bios, urban tales, classics, family novels, non-fiction, poetry, academic writing, photo collections, kids' books, even cookbooks. Also: An interview with Danny Schechter explains why TV news is going down the tubes; and a review of Arundathi Roy's "The God of Small Things" sums up the latest in Indian ink. [16 articles]




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, Eye of the Beholder, K. Rat, Random Shots, and La Cucaracha. [7 comics]



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