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    Rigoberta Mench: Crossing Borders

    Rigoberta Mench Crossing Borders Verso "MY MOTHER WAS kidnapped, raped, tortured, and murdered. My father and little brother were burned alive." So writes author and activist Rigoberta Mench of her earlier life in Guatemala, where the mi...

    by Amy Weivoda on September 2, 1998
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    Dennis Cooper: Guide

    Dennis Cooper Guide Grove/Atlantic THE ONLY THING the world needs less than another self-involved junkie is another book about self-involved junkies. Guide, by post-punk poet and novelist Dennis Cooper, tries to pass the Burroughs Test--th...

    by Peter Ritter on September 2, 1998
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    Greenbacks or Green Space? - Brookfield's Block E plan is headed for the dumpster, but a new movement is afoot to turn downtown's saddest parking lot into a park

    On an e-mail discussion forum not long ago, an angry message-writer proposed that a certain Minneapolis politician be flogged in the town square. Another Internet pundit quickly fired back. "Minneapolis," he quipped, "doesn't HAVE a town square." ...

    by David Brauer on September 2, 1998
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    I Spy - Will federal money help put surveillance cameras on Phillips streets?

    About halfway down the stack of papers burying the counter in Christina Kendrick's office is a glossy, four-color flier touting a new generation of video surveillance cameras. The Silent Witness V100, brags the sheet, "can withstand assault from a ...

    by Beth Hawkins on September 2, 1998
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    Ready for LEGO Day? - You name it, the mayor's proclaimed it

    It seemed like such a good idea at the time: August 26, last Wednesday, would be "No New Cavities for Katy Reckdahl Day" in the city of Minneapolis. A proclamation celebrating a decade of regular dental checkups for this reporter had been prepared ...

    by Katy Reckdahl on September 2, 1998
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    Jonathan Baumbach :D-Tours

    Jonathan Baumbach D-Tours FC2 Jonathan Baumbach's 11th book, D-Tours, was inspired by a photography display titled "Stills from Imaginary Films." It's not hard to spot the influence of this source material: Under the exterior trappings of a...

    by Peter Ritter on August 26, 1998
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    Lord of the Dance - Rock crit Simon Reynolds writes the first comprehensive account of the rave revolution

    Let me begin by stating that I have seen Simon Reynolds do the methylenedioxymethamphetamine boogie. Moreover, I have on occasion worked with him and shared water bottles. This seems important to note for two reasons. One is to permit the revelatio...

    by Will Hermes on August 26, 1998
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    Thomas Beller, editor: Personals: Dreams and Nightmares from the Lives of 20 Young Writers

    Thomas Beller, editor Personals: Dreams and Nightmares from the Lives of 20 Young Writers Houghton Mifflin IT'S NOT NECESSARILY interesting to accompany someone on a journey of self-discovery, emphasis on the self. Page through Personals: Dre...

    by Amanda Ferguson on August 19, 1998
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    Edwidge Danticat: The Farming of Bones

    Edwidge Danticat The Farming of Bones Soho Press "ETHNIC CLEANSING" IS an evasive new label for an age-old horror. Recent instances have garnered global condemnation--some might say global complicity, too--but history shows that the memory of...

    by Amy Weivoda on August 19, 1998
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    Greg Sarris: Watermelon Nights

    Greg Sarris Watermelon Nights Hyperion THERE IS ACTUALLY only one watermelon night, although the clan in this Greg Sarris novel could desperately use a few more. The night someone leaves a truck heaped with sweet watermelons parked on a reser...

    by Amy Weivoda on August 19, 1998
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    Allegra Goodman: Kaaterskill Falls

    Allegra Goodman Kaaterskill Falls Dial Press LEAVING BEHIND THE heat and grime of New York, the followers of Rav Elijah Kirshner make the annual exodus from their Washington Heights neighborhood to the quaint Catskills resort town of Kaater...

    by Peter Ritter on August 19, 1998
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    Naked Lunch

    WHEN SKEWED VISIONS selected the Minneapolis Farmers Market for its site-specific installation performance The Eye in the Door, Part Two: Breakfast of Champions, the group anticipated the usual obstacles that accompany outdoor events. As it turns o...

    by Anne Ursu on August 19, 1998
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    Over the Counter - Staffed by DJs and rockers, indie record stores are selling a scene

    When the Beastie Boys stopped in town a couple weekends ago, Adam Horowitz's top priorities were laundry and vinyl. With two accomplices and a backpack full of dirty clothes, the MC walked into St. Paul's cozy Root Cellar Records and began perusing...

    by Peter S. Scholtes on August 19, 1998
  • There's the Rub - Minneapolis cops and their good neighbors set sights on another south-side sauna


    There's the Rub - Minneapolis cops and their good neighbors set sights on another south-side sauna

    It's been almost two decades since Sauna 27 set up shop on a narrow strip of land wedged between 27th and Minnehaha avenues just off Lake Street. A liquor store and death-metal CD shop share the concrete island, and the Minneapolis Police Departmen...

    by Todd Melby on August 19, 1998
  • River Wild


    River Wild

    Carol and Al Kratz haven't had this many neighbors in months. A turquoise tipi sits on their front lawn, a camp kitchen takes up the sidewalk next door, and two houses down a guy is perched atop a 20-foot metal tripod with his neck bike-locked to t...

    by Monika Bauerlein on August 19, 1998
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    Meet the New Bossen

    On August 6, Tawana Henderson and her kids woke up from the sound of their windows shattering. Minneapolis police were raiding their apartment following what their report calls "a controlled buy of suspected crack cocaine." The officers ordered Hen...

    by Mary Ellen Egan on August 19, 1998
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    Silent Treatment

    Hedda Gabler Hidden Theatre The first commendable performance of Hidden Theatre's Hedda Gabler is Jay Dysart's set. Before the play begins, we stare at an almost bare Victorian living room--walls covered with an ornate yellow wallpaper, and w...

    by Anne Ursu on August 12, 1998
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    True Lies

    Michael Wolff Burn Rate: How I Survived the Gold Rush Years on the Internet Simon & Schuster In 1994, journalist Michael Wolff's start-up media company, which developed ideas for books, magazines, and television with modest success, turned ...

    by Joshua Glenn on August 12, 1998
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    To the Landfill

    Joe Queenan Red Lobster, White Trash, and the Blue Lagoon: Joe Queenan's America Hyperion It's no secret that a lot of American mass culture today...well, isn't very good. OK, cultural-relativist euphemisms be damned: It sucks. Robert James...

    by Jesse Berrett on August 12, 1998
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    Bad Boys

    "GODDAM, I'D LIKE to kick some ass," says Triple E, 16-year-old car thief, boxer, rebel and hero of Duff Brenna's electric third novel, Too Cool (Doubleday). Elbert Earl Evans, as he's formally known, is one of the lost boys, grown hard and bone-ba...

    by Peter Ritter on August 12, 1998
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