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Wednesday, September 25 2002

Alaska Quarterly Review

Edited by Ronald Spatz University of Alaska Vol.19, No.3 & 4, Spring/Summer 2002, 278 pages Vol.19, No.1 & 2, Summer/Fall 2001, 294 pages, $10/year,$6/sample One Blood: The Narrative

Street Scene 2002 with Violent Femmes, Save Ferris, Bad Religion and De La Soul

Bad Religion Violent Femmes Long lines at the Porta-Potties. The pervasive smell of marijuana. High-school aged girls acting like fools. Drugs. Drunks. A sweaty, heaving

George Clinton & The P-Funk All-Stars

Photo credit: Marcy Guiragossian Photo credit: Marcy Guiragossian All the Funky President’s Men On The One all things are possible. That was the Daily

The Lilys

S E T    L I S T The Gravity Free Atmosphere of MSAReturns Every MorningWelfare Murder PlotTouch the WaterGingerBaby’s a DealerA Nanny


S E T    L I S T Haunted By YouThe British DiseaseFrom Georgia to OsakaWhere Are They Now?Yours for the TakingA Car

Marianne Faithfull

S E T    L I S T I’m Into Something GoodFalling From GraceKissin’ TimeWilder Shores of LoveWherever I GoLike Being BornIncarceration of

Sheryl Crow

Mixed Messages & All “Finesse® presents Sheryl Crow in concert.” The billing at Sheryl Crow’s Chicago House of Blues show played up her newfound

Sheryl Crow + Michelle Branch

After doing some informal market research before a recent Sheryl Crow concert at Oneida Casino in Green Bay, I concluded that the 40something singer/songwriter

The Terrible Gift: The Brave New World of Genetic Medicine by Rick J. Carlson and Gary Stimeling

Offering a rowdy soapbox monologue on a host of discoveries in genetic medicine -- including genetic technology, computerized biochemistry, and drug synthesis -- The Terrible Gift reveals not one, but two, terrible things.

Portrait of My Lover as a Horse by Selima Hill

Words revel in their incongruous, promiscuous juxtapositions, and sentences begin sensibly and end in bewildering confusions of logic . . .

It’s a Free Country: Personal Freedom in America After September 11 by Edited by Danny Goldberg, Vic

More than 300 books have been published since the fall of 2001 trying to explain, blame, comfort and inform us about what led up to the attacks and what we can expect next.

Modern Burma isn't so much a country as the residue of a British imperial political organization thrust onto several divergent peoples. To argue for ethnic independence is to argue for Burma's devolution, something the world community isn't likely to tolerate.

Into the Buzzsaw: Leading Journalists Expose the Myth of a Free Press by edited by Kristina Borjess

With almost one voice the essays contained here contend that the modern news business -- where the emphasis on the bottom line has almost trumped the traditional sanctity of the byline -- has become just that: a business.

The Accidental President: How 413 Lawyers, 9 Supreme Court Justices, and 5,963,110 Floridians (Give

The most remarkable portion of The Accidental President concerns the final Supreme Court decision that effectively appointed George W. Bush president. Most of the criticism leveled in the book is fairly light, but at the end Kaplan rips into the Supreme Court decision.

Tuesday, September 24 2002

Kelly Willis: Easy

The current crop of those most successful female singers who fall into the genre slice known as alt-country excel because they all bring something beyond

Supersprite: Color Mixing

The first track brings us into Supersprite’s world by introducing the cast of characters: vibrating, turning, shimmering electronic sounds. Yet this track also immediately

The Moonglows: The Best of the Moonglows (20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection)

Fifty years ago, a Cleveland deejay named Alan Freed hosted a radio program called the Moondog Rock and Roll Party. Freed believed that white audiences

Kevin Mahogany: Pride and Joy

Before Kevin Mahogany emerged in the mid-1990s, male jazz singers had become a nearly extinct species, with no heir apparent to the giants: Jimmy

Midtown: Living Well Is the Best Revenge

Pop-punk is an almost inherently funny thing. The term alone is contradictory: if you’re so “punk”, then you shouldn’t care about pop sensibilities.

Led Zeppelin: Physical Graffiti

Choosing the best record of all time, the top record or your favorite record is impossible for anyone. For a music critic, it is quite

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