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    Jon Gordon's Big Black Box

    ROUNDING THE CORNER of the squat suburban building that houses The Vault, you can't miss the security cameras. Every visitor is caught in the crosshairs of a pair of giant snoopers mounted on each corner of the building; a sticker on the ...

    by Joseph Hart on August 14, 1996
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    A Junkie Travelogue

    Richard Hell Go Now Scribner IS THAT A needle in your pocket or are you just glad to see me? Welcome to the bad old days. New York punk's reigning nihilist, Richard Hell, begins his new novel Go Now this way: "1980." A good sign rig...

    by Sara Vowell on August 14, 1996
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    Quietly Riotous

    Philadelphia, Here I Come! and She Stoops to Conquer Guthrie Theater IN ADDITION TO drowning the plants twice a week and removing the trash when the fruit flies start swarming, one of my domestic duties involves caring for a frie...

    by Michael Tortorello on August 14, 1996
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    Too Beautiful For You - Can a novel be impressive, elegant, and ultimately insignificant? In the case of Max Phillips's Snakebite Sonnet, yes.

    Almost every culture has its myth of decline, of civilization's slow erosion from a golden age to one more base. Reading Max Phillips's much-praised first novel, Snakebite Sonnet (Little, Brown), I felt I was witnessing something of the kind--The Dec...

    by Ellen Levy on August 7, 1996
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    Naked Chicago

    Sexual Perversity in Chicago Pillsbury House Theatre Espresso: A Story of Caffeine and Romance Theatre on the Verge "HOW'D YOU GET in?" So asks Danny in the infamous opening of David Mamet's Sexual Perversity in Chicago, while l...

    by Michael Tortorello on August 7, 1996
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    Tongue Untied - Poet Paul Beatty makes polyglot Americana with his debut novel, The White Boy Shuffle.

    Not too long ago, an editor asked me to rewrite a hip-hop record review I'd submitted to his magazine because he questioned my use of "vernacular." I didn't fight it--he was doing his job, I respect his judgment, and as a white boy writin...

    by Will Hermes on July 31, 1996
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    Hard Knocks

    Kevin Canty Into The Great Wide Open Nan A. Talese/Doubleday OH TO BE young in America: so many neuroses, so little time to enjoy them. In his debut novel, Kevin Canty gives his young hero a good year to wallow around in his. Which ...

    by Josie Rawson on July 31, 1996
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    Clicking Heels

    The Wizard of Oz Ordway Music Theatre HOW TEMPTING IT would be to claim that the Ordway's staged adaptation of The Wizard of Oz lacks a brain, a heart, and a stiff shot of courage, and then leave it at that. But alas, it...

    by Michael Tortorello on July 31, 1996
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    Smack in Your Face - Trainspotting's ode to junk culture.

    Trainspotting is a thoroughly shitty movie, which isn't to say it's a bad one. Rather, the film is literally strewn with shit: painted in it, preoccupied with it, in awe of it. Shit, or the threat of it, is never far from the frame and fu...

    by Rob Nelson on July 24, 1996
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    Black Humor and Gray Matter

    Jake Lamar The Last Integrationist Crown Ralph Wiley Dark Witness: When Black People Should be Sacrificed (Again) One World/Ballantine AS DECADENCE DEVOLVES into mass delusion, black humor becomes one of our most valuable cul...

    by Britt Robson on July 24, 1996
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    Book Roundup

    Elizabeth McCracken The Giant's House The Dial Press "[HE WAS] ONLY a boy whose body was a miracle to others. You could believe in God, looking at James." Peggy Cort, the narrator of Elizabeth McCracken's debut novel, The Giant's Ho...

    by City Pages Staff on July 24, 1996
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    Sweetheart of the RodeoPerformance artist - Ann Carlson learns the ropes in RODEMEOVER

    JULY IS A MOMENTOUS month for Minneapolis-based artist Siah Armajani, who's unveiling two public works in two very different settings. On July 19, all eyes turn to Atlanta for the opening ceremonies of the Centennial Olympic Games, and to...

    by Caroline Palmer on July 17, 1996
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    Seeing Siah

    JULY IS A MOMENTOUS month for Minneapolis-based artist Siah Armajani, who's unveiling two public works in two very different settings. On July 19, all eyes turn to Atlanta for the opening ceremonies of the Centennial Olympic Games, and to...

    by City Pages Staff on July 17, 1996
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    Past Lives

    These Are My Sisters Southern Theater Cruising With My Ancestors EDGE Theater "HAVEN'T WE BEEN through this?" some might ask of Martha Boesing, author and performer of These Are My Sisters, a solo meditation on the women's movemen...

    by Kate Sullivan on July 17, 1996
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    Gay Caballeros

    GOAT DRESSING. MY primary goal in attending the gay rodeo was to find out what the hell goat dressing was. Yes, my friends, the rodeo was in town last weekend. Leather chaps met leather dog collars as the Fourth Annual North S...

    by Corey Anderson on July 17, 1996
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    Meetings at the Border - John Sayles's Lone Star is a soap opera of substance.

    Most everyone's running from something in Lone Star, John Sayles's sprawling epic of the border town of Frontera, Texas. And more often than not, they wind smack up against what they're trying to run from. Take Sam Deeds (Chris Cooper), w...

    by Julie Caniglia on July 10, 1996
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    Appealingly Absurd

    The Bald Soprano Chopping Block Theater Group IN ALL THE odd pageantry of human appearance, one thing you don't often see is a man who resembles a rhinoceros. I've met but one; he sat next to me in trigonometry. He had a warted, horny...

    by Michael Tortorello on July 10, 1996
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    Book Roundup

    Sapphire Push Knopf I HATE TO agree with Katie Roiphe, but let's just say I was Push-ed. Roiphe, having made a name for herself by dismissing date rape as feminist hysteria, has recently trained her sights on incest lit, asserting that popular...

    by City Pages Staff on July 3, 1996
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    Plan 1999 From Outer Space - Independence Day restores order to the millennium.

    Publicity abounds for Independence Day, although the movie itself seems a mere promo reel for 1996--the much-touted final chapter in 20th-century electoral politics. Indeed, the Clintons should get a boost from this timely story of a weak...

    by Rob Nelson on July 3, 1996
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    Tales From the Melting Pot - Author Gish Jen takes a fresh approach to multicultural identity.

    Let's briefly entertain the notion that you can judge a book by its cover. Consider Exhibit A: Gish Jen's handsomely packaged second novel, Mona in the Promised Land (Knopf). On the front jacket, designed by the ubiquitous Chip Kidd, we s...

    by Michael Tortorello on June 26, 1996
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