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    The End

    Constance Jones R.I.P.: The Complete Book of Death & Dying HarperCollins LIKE ANY OTHER self-respecting workaholic, I do not fear death, which is why my favorite euphemism for the end may be "the big sleep." So I was a little horri...

    by Sara Vowell on March 12, 1997
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    Margin Walking

    Mary Gaitskill Because They Wanted To: Stories Simon & Schuster MARY GAITSKILL MADE a name for herself charting the shoddy S/M scenarios of young, unstrung New Yorkers, which is not why she reminds me of Henry James. Mary Gaitskill reminds me...

    by Terri Sutton on March 12, 1997
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    Paradise Lost

    Katie Roiphe Last Night in Paradise Little, Brown YEARS AGO, A friend visiting from Texas toured an exhibit of conceptual art at the Walker. She looked at the bent wire, the empty frames, mistook a fuse box on the wall for part of the exhibit...

    by Ellen Levy on March 12, 1997
  • Riddle Me This


    Riddle Me This

    Many Colors Make the Thunder-King Guthrie Lab AT ONE OF the most entertaining high points of Many Colors Make the Thunder-King, a small cavalcade of ants peeps out from the stage floor to quiz a chameleon who's trapped in a cave. "What can even the...

    by Carolyn Petrie on March 5, 1997
  • The Importance of Being Earnest - U2 goes forward and backward with Pop.


    The Importance of Being Earnest - U2 goes forward and backward with Pop.

    In the opening lines of Invisible Republic, his soon-to-be-published book on the making of Bob Dylan's "basement tapes" recordings, Greil Marcus writes of an artist standing "at a world crossroads," holding a stage "that may no longer exist." The boo...

    by Will Hermes on March 5, 1997
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    Hell Hath Fury

    Whenever I'm feeling overwhelmed by fax and phone, e-mail and junk mail, and all of the paraphernalia that confines me in my shiny, post-modern chrysalis, I like to amble through the streets of Minneapolis to a deserted intersection near my house--a ...

    by Joseph Hart on March 5, 1997
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    Freedom Rings

    Streamers Pillsbury House Theatre IT'S A FREE country. Pillsbury House Theatre producing artistic director Ralph Remington, apparently unfettered by racial alliance, can present whatever plays he sees fit. It's his privilege to ignore libraries of b...

    by Dwight Hobbes on February 26, 1997
  • Dynamic Duo


    Dynamic Duo

    AS NEW YORKERS who've adopted the Twin Cities as a second home, Danial Shapiro and Joanie Smith are certainly doing their part to keep the airlines in business. Since they began teaching at the University of Minnesota nearly two years ago, they've b...

    by Caroline Palmer on February 26, 1997
  • The Bad Seed - The Bad Seed
Kevin Kling goes against his grain in The Education of Walter Kaufmann.


    The Bad Seed - The Bad Seed Kevin Kling goes against his grain in The Education of Walter Kaufmann.

    What's not to love about Kevin Kling? This homegrown, nationally acclaimed actor/playwright, who manages to be simultaneously artistic and accessible, has been dubbed a "Garrison Keillor for the latte set" by a local theater critic. But lattes are n...

    by Julie Caniglia on February 26, 1997
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    The Weight of the Past - The Guthrie revives Arthur Miller's The Price.

    There's something about Arthur Miller I don't trust. It's not his fault. But it's hard not to rebel when elders present the author of The Crucible and Death of a Salesman as some sort of Isaiah, lionizing him as much for his courageous and sexy per...

    by Kate Sullivan on February 17, 1997
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    John Dufresne Love Warps the Mind a Little

    W.W. Norton LAFAYETTE PROULX HAS quit teaching high-school English after 12 years and taken a job at a fish 'n' chip shop to pursue his dream of fiction writing. This, coupled with his infidelity, precipitates his wife to kick him out and forces ...

    by Chris Parker on February 17, 1997
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    The Women by Hilton Als

    Farrar, Straus, Giroux WOMEN ARE NOT the subject of Hilton Als's meditative memoir, so much as the specter of women. In attempting to excavate the lives of black females from the cultural rubble that obscures them, this New Yorker staff writer is...

    by Ellen Levy on February 17, 1997
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    MAD About the Seventies by "The Usual Gang of Idiots"

    Little, Brown LOOKING BACK ON my formative years in small-town NoDak, I'm amused and alarmed by the role MAD magazine had on my development (or lack thereof). With its prime location conveniently out of the cashier's view on the bottom shelf of N...

    by Ryan Peck on February 17, 1997
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    Yellow Fever, Black Goddess: The Coevolution of People and Plagues by Christopher Wills

    Helix Books PLAGUES HAVE GONE Hollywood, taking the place of nuclear conflagration as the most likely vehicle of human extinction. Christopher Wills, however, in his calm and complex overview of the history and possible future of plagues, argues ...

    by Harry Williams on February 17, 1997
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    Out West by Fred Leebron

    Doubleday OUT WEST FOLLOWS the lives of two '90s-style outlaws: Amber engineered a gas explosion to blow up her boyfriend and the "other woman," while Benjamin West was caught with a bag of dope (two ounces--that's quite a "bag"!) and a 17-year-...

    by Paul D. Dickinson on February 17, 1997
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    Despicable Truths

    The Crackwalker Hidden Theatre IT'S HARD NOT to be envious when one hears stories of the days when theater audiences erupted at avant-garde plays, throwing chairs and storming out. No one leaves the theater in shock and anger anymore; only boredom. ...

    by Kate Sullivan on February 12, 1997
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    Grrr-ella Filmmaking - Ex-Minnesotan Sarah Jacobson loses it confidently with Mary Jane's Not a Virgin Anymore.

    Park City, Utah-- Halfway through last month's Sundance Film Festival, filmmaker Sarah Jacobson is sounding off about her distaff coming-of-age comedy Mary Jane's Not a Virgin Anymore. She's also sounding off about the virtues of sounding off....

    by Rob Nelson on February 12, 1997
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    Metal Machine Music

    A RUSTED-OUT, EARLY '70s Ford F-150 pick-up with a missing door tools down Pierce Butler Route in St. Paul, its back end crammed full of water heaters, lawn furniture, and old tires. To the annoyed commuters who honk and zig-zag around it, the contr...

    by Paul D. Dickinson on February 12, 1997
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    The Jig Is Up - Riverdance sells out while the dance world goes hungry.

    Consider this puzzler: On the one hand, critics and aficionados continue to lament a perceived dearth of activity on the national dance scene. This, coupled with a downturn in federal funding and fickle audiences, has placed dance in a very real sta...

    by Joan Freese on February 5, 1997
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    On The Porch

    A GREAT DEAL of prominent glad-handing recently went down at the Guthrie Theater as artistic director Joe Dowling announced--along with his organization's new season--its May collaboration with Penumbra Theatre Company on August Wilson's Fences. In ...

    by Dwight Hobbes on February 5, 1997
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