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  • Hanif Kureishi: Love In a Blue Time

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    Hanif Kureishi: Love In a Blue Time

    Hanif Kureishi Love In a Blue Time Scribner SOMETIMES HANIF KUREISHI wastes no time starting a short story: "All week Bill had been looking forward to this moment. He was about to fuck the daughter of the man who had fucked his wife." Kureish...

    by Francis Hwang on December 10, 1997
  • Thomas Brussig: Heroes Like Us

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    Thomas Brussig: Heroes Like Us

    Thomas Brussig Heroes Like Us Farrar, Straus & Giroux. OUTSIZED PENISES BELONGING to well-meaning but clueless anti-heroes with dreams of greatness have struck again. Dirk Diggler's literary counterpart is the equally ludicrously named Klaus...

    by Jelena Petrovic on December 10, 1997
  • Rumer Godden: Cromartie V. The God Shiva Acting Through The Government of India

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    Rumer Godden: Cromartie V. The God Shiva Acting Through The Government of India

    Rumer Godden Cromartie V. The God Shiva Acting Through The Government of India Morrow Press ONE OF THE most overdone devices of mystery fiction, the stolen-art plot, offers easy suspense without ever escaping a certain basic formula: "Eghad S...

    by Christina Schmitt on December 10, 1997
  • Nanci Kincaid: Pretending The Bed Is A Raft

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    Nanci Kincaid: Pretending The Bed Is A Raft

    Nanci Kincaid Pretending The Bed Is A Raft Algonquin Books NANCI KINCAID IS the practitioner of a kind of narrative voyeurism. Through the eight stories of Pretending the Bed is a Raft, the reader has the opportunity to observe other people--...

    by James Cook on December 10, 1997
  • John Tirman: Spoils of War: The Human Cost of America's Arms Trade

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    John Tirman: Spoils of War: The Human Cost of America's Arms Trade

    John Tirman Spoils of War: The Human Cost of America's Arms Trade Free Press MOST AVERAGE CITIZENS don't suppose that they really know what goes on in the world of politics, but plenty suspect that money and war go merrily hand in hand. In S...

    by Amanda Ferguson on December 10, 1997
  • Goodbye, Columbus - In two new titles, Winona LaDuke and Jim Northrup weigh tribal rights and wrongs.

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    Goodbye, Columbus - In two new titles, Winona LaDuke and Jim Northrup weigh tribal rights and wrongs.

    We'd almost made it back to earth when the pilot's voice crackled over the cabin speaker. Night fog. Crash conditions. It was the Saturday night after Thanksgiving and our flight into the Twin Cities airport was already hours late. The plane circle...

    by Josie Rawson on December 10, 1997
  • Accept No Imitations - I Am He As You Are He As You Are Me, And We Are All Together: Danny Hoch mimics all in a show at Walker Art Center.

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    Accept No Imitations - I Am He As You Are He As You Are Me, And We Are All Together: Danny Hoch mimics all in a show at Walker Art Center.

    UNTIL RECENTLY, I thought my Slavic accents were dead on. That is, until solo performer and mimic extraordinaire Danny Hoch burst my bubble and indulged me in a few Serbo-Croatian sentences with a distinct Sarajevan accent: "Lijepa si mala, prelije...

    by Jelena Petrovic on December 10, 1997
  • Holiday Roundup - Silent Night Fever's Martini & Olive.

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    Holiday Roundup - Silent Night Fever's Martini & Olive.

    Santaland Diaries Eye of the StormTheater WHEN WRITER DAVID Sedaris (Barrel Fever, Naked) first moved to New York, he took a Christmas job playing an elf in Macy's Santaland section, though his real dream was to act on One Life to Live. Sedaris...

    by City Pages Staff on December 10, 1997
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    I'm Dreaming of a Green Christmas - When Santa cuts back on grant money, local theaters turn to their holiday shows to change coal into cash.

    Believe it or not, holiday theatergoing-as-ritual is a relatively recent development, its appearance coinciding more or less with Franco's death and the Captain & Tennille's Grammy for "Love Will Keep Us Together." By the time A Christmas Carol had...

    by Kate Sullivan on December 10, 1997
  • Marking the Dead

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    Marking the Dead

    ANY OTHER TIME of year, Jeffrey Kivens, the middle-aged owner of Minneapolis Granite and Marble, would be too busy to answer questions. But winter is the slow season in the memorial trade. When the ground's frozen it's hard to set the concrete foot...

    by Capper Nichols on December 3, 1997
  • Southern Culture on the Skids - A new autobiography tells how Johnny Cash has walked the line for a disappearing country--and how that line may end with him.

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    Southern Culture on the Skids - A new autobiography tells how Johnny Cash has walked the line for a disappearing country--and how that line may end with him.

    In 1971, Johnny Cash, a child of the Depression and son of a Dyess, Arkansas, subsistence farmer, released a record called Man in Black. In one of the grandest bits of self-mythologizing in all of American pop culture, he transformed the black garb...

    by Chris Herrington on December 3, 1997
  • Off the Beat

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    Off the Beat

    Carl Hiassen Lucky You Knopf Pete Hautman Ring Game Simon & Schuster THE SECRET BEHIND Carl Hiassen's bizarre mystery novels is that the characters and their twisted crimes are plucked straight from Florida's surreal headlines. A reco...

    by Beth Hawkins on December 3, 1997
  • Blood Lines

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    Blood Lines

    Peter Matthiessen Lost Man's River Random House LIKE HIS 1990 bestseller, Killing Mister Watson, Peter Matthiessen's latest novel concerns itself with the quasi-fictional figure of E. J. Watson, the Everglades luminary and probable serial kil...

    by Martin Kaste on December 3, 1997
  • Teen Spirit

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    Teen Spirit

    Daniel Clowes Ghost World Fantagraphics ENID REMEMBERS WHAT was on TV when she lost her virginity. And why shouldn't she? The event itself was so anticlimactic, it's only natural for an 18-year-old pop-culture junkie to remember that they'd l...

    by Francis Hwang on November 26, 1997
  • Fruit Salad Days

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    Fruit Salad Days

    Allan Gurganus Plays Well With Others Alfred A. Knopf Being no fan of the perpetual adolescence that's becoming a favored way of life, I initially found it kind of pathetic how Hartley Mims, jr., the protagonist of Allan Gurganus's new novel,...

    by Julie Caniglia on November 26, 1997
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    Kathy Acker: Bodies of Work

    Kathy Acker Bodies of Work Serpent's Tail KATHY ACKER IS an artist who works in the medium of language. Somehow, artist seems a better word for her than writer, although her finished product generally assumes the form of a novel or essay. Ack...

    by Amy Weivoda on November 26, 1997
  • By The Book

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    By The Book

    Janice Radway A Feeling for Books: The Book-of-the-Month Club, Literary Taste, and Middle-Class Desire University of North Carolina Press It's perfect, really. Janice Radway has written a book about a people's difficulty in looking past the f...

    by Terri Sutton on November 26, 1997
  • James Tate: Shroud of the Gnome

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    James Tate: Shroud of the Gnome

    James Tate Shroud of the Gnome Ecco Press "SOME PEOPLE GO their whole lives/without ever writing a single poem," writes James Tate in his new collection, Shroud of the Gnome. Tate's a man who's gone nearly his whole life writing poems, a writ...

    by Josie Rawson on November 26, 1997
  • David Lebedoff: Cleaning Up

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    David Lebedoff: Cleaning Up

    David Lebedoff Cleaning Up The Free Press MOTHERS AGAINST DRUNK driving might call the Exxon Valdez disaster the greatest DWI case of all time. Captain Joseph Hazelwood had no idea that the four drinks he consumed (plaintiffs count more th...

    by James Cook on November 26, 1997
  • Artsyplexing

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    Artsyplexing

    DESPITE ATTEMPTS TO quell the rumor mill, word spread quickly this past week that the St. Anthony Main Theater was about to be purchased by the New York-based Angelika Film Centers. The premier arthouse in New York (if not the country), the Angelik...

    by Christina Schmitt on November 26, 1997
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