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Volume II, Issue 25
December 14 - December 21, 1998

News & Opinion

All of your presents will be accounted for in this holiday shopping package. "Giftology 101" makes an eclectic list and checks it twice. "Video Box Sets" and "Geek Chic" guide you to the best high-tech gadgets and packaged movie classics. Plus, why men don't shop and how the mall is transforming itself into Downtown USA.

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Film & TV

Don't read this week's section in the shower. Norman, is that you? Equally creepy is Sam Raimi's "A Simple Plan." If you need a dose of whimsy after all that bloodletting, just read the interview with Kirk Jones, the writer-director of "Waking Ned Devine."

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More gift ideas here, including 14 new box sets and a sackful of holiday-themed discs. Perhaps a little something for yourself? R.E.M.'s 12th CD seems to be a keeper. Plus, just try to keep up with Fastball's frantic pace, and relive a high-rolling Willie Nelson concert.

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Arts & Leisure

Jewish Cooking
Ditch the Refs
Wine for Whiners
Books on Imbibing
and more...

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Open up the latest literary box sets, check out some of the season's fictional treats, and page through a sampling of literary classics, fresh poetry and snazzy cookbooks, along with great gift ideas for the writer in your life. This week's non-fiction offerings feature Trashy celebrities, prison athletes and sexual predators.

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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, Eye of the Beholder, K. Rat and Random Shots.

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