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  • They Eat Their Owners

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    They Eat Their Owners

    PET THEM, SPOIL them, sleep with them, train them, knit sweaters for them, use them as child substitutes--cats and dogs will remain by nature anthropophagous. From the Greek: anthropos, "man," and phagein, "eat." The man who probably knows more a...

    by Joseph Hart on October 1, 1997
  • Singh a Simple Song - Cornershop's boundary-busting new album recolonizes Brit pop.

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    Singh a Simple Song - Cornershop's boundary-busting new album recolonizes Brit pop.

    Back in the Victorian/Edwardian day, English colonizers strategically used the catchiest pop-cultural vehicle of that time, the Victorian novel, as a means of instilling British decency in their Indian subjects. This process of "intellectual coloni...

    by Jon Dolan on September 24, 1997
  • Read Then Recycle - Foot in Mouth: Paul Auster's aptly subtitled "chronicle of early failure."

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    Read Then Recycle - Foot in Mouth: Paul Auster's aptly subtitled "chronicle of early failure."

    Paul Auster Hand to Mouth Henry Holt LET ME TELL about the time Topinka--lost, frozen, and starving--ate three of his own toes to survive. Story in a nutshell: My old roommate takes a semester sabbatical for walkabout and strays into some nas...

    by Michael Tortorello on September 24, 1997
  • Mother's Day - Guilt, Insecurity, Resentment: A mother's way of saying "I Love You" in Cheryl West's Jar the Floor.

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    Mother's Day - Guilt, Insecurity, Resentment: A mother's way of saying "I Love You" in Cheryl West's Jar the Floor.

    Jar the Floor Penumbra Theatre WHEN WAS THE last time you saw a play and felt the ground move beneath you? After a forgettable summer for theater, that rare sensation reappeared last week. Plainly put, Jar the Floor rocked my world. And it's a ...

    by Kate Sullivan on September 24, 1997
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    Good As Old

    GUY LILLEMOE HAS been selling used cars out of his Cedar Lake Auto Exchange lot on East Lake Street for 50 years. He is 77 years old and says that "it's only the last three or four years, really, that this neighborhood has gone to shit. Despite the...

    by Brad Zellar on September 24, 1997
  • Cash Mountain - Charles Frazier's "surprise" best seller proves how to manufacture a sleeper.

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    Cash Mountain - Charles Frazier's "surprise" best seller proves how to manufacture a sleeper.

    There is perhaps nothing so suspect in this day and age as enthusiasm, particularly in the service of the sell. Savvy shoppers know how to read the highly coded language of the book-jacket blurb for the usual signs of proprietary interest or indust...

    by Brad Zellar on September 17, 1997
  • Gary Indiana

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    Gary Indiana

    Gary Indiana Resentment: A Comedy Doubleday THE TV TRIAL is our modern morality play, in which others' passions serve as the measure of our own. So Gary Indiana's choice to build his brilliant satiric novel around the spectacle of a popular m...

    by Ellen Levy on September 17, 1997
  • No Sweat

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    No Sweat

    various/Andrew Ross, ed. No Sweat Verso TODAY MY CLOTHING runs the gamut of innocuous Minnesota summerwear: cutoffs (Levi's), and a T-shirt (Tweeds), with some Calvin Klein in there somewhere. More than a turn-on, this little foray into "What...

    by Cecily Marcus on September 17, 1997
  • Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life

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    Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life

    Jon Lee Anderson Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life Grove Press "I'M STILL THE loner that I used to be," wrote Ernesto "Che" Guevara to his mother in 1959, his motorcycle trips a distant memory and the Cuban revolution he helped create still i...

    by Peter S. Scholtes on September 17, 1997
  • Tupac Shakur

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    Tupac Shakur

    The Editors of Vibe Magazine Tupac Shakur Crown Books WHEN THE YOUNGER generation asks me if the late Tupac Shakur was in the same class as a Malcolm X or MLK, 15-odd years down the road, will I back their claims that he was a hero? Or will I...

    by Kemp Powers on September 17, 1997
  • Dear God - Lipstick on His Collar: Ron Duffy and Nancy Gormley in Dear James.

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    Dear God - Lipstick on His Collar: Ron Duffy and Nancy Gormley in Dear James.

    Dear James Lyric Theatre Escape from Happiness Bald Alice Theatre Company "OH LORD, IF it's wrong to be the female companion to a priest... then why does it feel so right?" So asks Agatha, the devout heroine of Dear James. Ah, sweet Jesus, ...

    by Kate Sullivan on September 17, 1997
  • The Sidewalk at the End of the City

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    The Sidewalk at the End of the City

    JOG ALONG THE eastern shore of downtown Minneapolis, out where Elliot Park falls away into a sea of concrete. Head south on the weed-edged, crumbling sidewalk of 13th Avenue. At 926 you land on a new and perfect 10-foot section of sidewalk. Keit...

    by Roger Swardson on September 17, 1997
  • Dreamscapes - Sometimes a Wizened Head is Only a Wizened Head: Charles Schuminski and Megan Grundy in The Death of the Father of Psychoanalysis (& Anna).

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    Dreamscapes - Sometimes a Wizened Head is Only a Wizened Head: Charles Schuminski and Megan Grundy in The Death of the Father of Psychoanalysis (& Anna).

    Into the Woods Nautilus Music-Theater The Death of the Father of Psychoanalysis (& Anna) Eye of the Storm MUSICALS SUCK TOO often. Big-budget shows try so hard to do one big thing--say, build an intricate set, or import a host of South Afri...

    by Kate Sullivan on September 10, 1997
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    Robert Schultz: The Madhouse Nudes

    Robert Schultz The Madhouse Nudes Simon & Schuster AT THE BEGINNING of Robert Schultz's novel Madhouse Nudes, John Ordway moves from New York City to Delphi, Iowa, with his lover Jamie in order to free their artistic endeavors from the shackl...

    by Amanda Ferguson on September 10, 1997
  • The People, Yes - A collection of Minnesota photographs from Jerome Liebling reveals his hard brand of humanism.

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    The People, Yes - A collection of Minnesota photographs from Jerome Liebling reveals his hard brand of humanism.

    Let us now praise celebrity stroke books. This fall, US magazine--a subsidiary of the Jann Wenner media conglomerate--will publish two collections of photographs devoted to Winona Ryder and Brad Pitt. Ryder: slight, fetching, delicate--gamine by...

    by Michael Tortorello on September 10, 1997
  • Skinny Moms and Fat Lips

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    Skinny Moms and Fat Lips

    AT A MOMENT when the "single-mom theory" is the single-bullet theory of all social ills, saying it's cool to be a young, poor, unmarried mother is like proclaiming you're a Maoist. That's why Hip Mama is such an adrenalizing read. Put out by a one-...

    by Peter S. Scholtes on September 10, 1997
  • Life in the Universe with Stephen Hawking

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    Life in the Universe with Stephen Hawking

    Life in the Universe with Stephen Hawking MetaTools Software HERE'S A DISK everyone should try, if only to see just how far from clarity and usefulness a new medium can get when it wants to be sexy and marketable. Essentially a science referenc...

    by Phil Anderson on September 10, 1997
  • Paul Gruchow

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    Paul Gruchow

    Paul Gruchow Boundary Waters: The Grace of the Wild Milkweed Editions IT SEEMED LIKE a fine idea to take this book into the woods on a camping trip. I lay down in my tent, started reading, and discovered that Gruchow camped with a book as wel...

    by Amy Weivoda on September 10, 1997
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    Derek Walcott

    Derek Walcott The Bounty Farrar Straus Giroux DEREK WALCOTT'S BEEN at poetry for some three decades now, making him one of a diminishing generation still reeling from the recent deaths of Joseph Brodsky, James Merrill, and, further afield, Al...

    by Josie Rawson on September 10, 1997
  • All Apologies

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    All Apologies

    DEAR URSULA HEGI, You and I have a couple of important things in common. We both were born and raised in Germany; moved to the United States as young adults; and spent a lot of time thinking about the Holocaust. We also have one major differen...

    by Monika Bauerlein on September 10, 1997
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Nacirema: Stories of Color explores race

While the Twin Cities' stages still tend to be lily-white, more creators of color are finding spaces for their work. After facing well-deserved criticism for the monochromatic makeup of recent… More >>

The Mountaintop shows a different side of Martin Luther King Jr.

In a dingy hotel room on his last night on Earth, Martin Luther King Jr. is about to have a singular, metaphysical experience in The Mountaintop, Katori Hall's intriguing, if… More >>

A one-man <i>Odyssey</i> A one-man Odyssey

[Editor's note: Due to illness, the remaining performances have been canceled.] Charlie Bethel hasn't spent 10 years adrift on the "wine-dark sea," but the performer has been absent from local stages… More >>

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