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Contents Issue #2


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INTERVIEW
New Material:
Gray Noise: Walking With the Talking Man in New York
Kate Miller talks with Spalding Gray about suicide and sadness, writing and regret.

"I fantasize about going back to high school with the knowledge I have now. I would shine. I would have a good time, I would have a girlfriend. I think that's where a lot of my pain comes from. I think I never had any teenage years to go back to."

Kathy Acker photo From the Archives:
Kathy Acker: Where Does She Get Off?
R.U. Sirius converses with the underground's favorite literary saboteur.

"Writing is what I did when I was alone and no one was watching me or telling me what to do. I could do whatever I wanted. So writing was really associated with body pleasure -- it was the same thing. It was like the only thing I had."


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SHORT FICTION
New Material:
Barbie & the Doll
By Miranda Schwartz

"Barbie laughs, Barbie groans, her head tossed back in sheer delight, her mouth open, with little bits of food stuck to it. Barbie catches sight of me staring in horror. She smiles slyly. Here Dolly, drink this ..."


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CULTURE CRASH
New Material:
Ashcan Rantings and Kind King Light of Mind
J.C. Shakespeare explains why the Beats still matter.

"The Beat Generation brought America a message that's still crucially relevant; somebody's trying to take our freedom away, and you'd better pay attention."


From the Archives:
Trying to Be the Shepherd
Richard Faussett gets medieval on Pulp Fiction.

"Everyone I know has seen Pulp Fiction, and though I hear many people recommend it to each other, I have overheard no one really discussing the film, describing what it meant to them."


BOOK REVIEWS
New Material:
Being Digital by Nicholas Negroponte
Microserfs by Douglas Coupland
The Tortilla Curtain by T. Coraghessan Boyle

From the Archives
Chaos and Cyberculture by Dr. Timothy Leary
Late Bloomers by David Lipsky and Alexander Abrams
Lizard by Banana Yoshimoto
Mr. Vertigo by Paul Auster
Vamps & Tramps by Camille Paglia
What's Wrong with America by Scott Bradfield
The Zoo Where You're Fed to God by Michael Ventura


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