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January 13, 2003 Issue

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  • Editorial

    Innocent Abroad

    I went to a reception the other night to celebrate the efforts of a group called the Innocence Project, which provides legal assistance to prisoners for whom the technology of DNA testing may n

    Joyce Maynard

  • Venezuela on the Brink

    As the general strike against President Hugo Chávez entered its third week in early December, a major TV channel broadcast statements by baseball hero Andres Galarraga and other celebrit

    Steve Ellner

  • Blind Sweeps Return

    They say history repeats itself. But usually not quite so quickly.

    David Cole

  • Prick Up Your Ears

    How does a fiercely anticorporate musician feel about participating in a corporate entertainment system?

    the Editors

  • A Sorry Lott

    Trent Lott has grudgingly relinquished his grip on the Senate majority leader post, but that doesn't mean that the Republican Party has purged "the spirit of Jefferson Davis" that Lott famously

    the Editors
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  • Books & the Arts

    What Are They Reading?

    I first read Samuel Delany's Tales of Nevèrÿon during the high-geek days of junior high.

    Richard Kim

  • Tap Roots

    It's a shame that Savion Glover is trying so hard to hide from the world, because he's the greatest tap dancer who ever breathed.

    Diane Rafferty

  • Sweet Soul Music

    As Trent Lott struggled to "repudiate" segregation fifty years after it was outlawed, about the only point he left out of his incoherent counterattack is that he was a soul-music fan.

    Gene Santoro

  • Does Europe Do It Better?

    In more than fifteen years of rock-and-roll touring, my worst night of sleep followed a June 10, 1989, show at Centro Sociale Leoncavallo, an anticapitalist squat in Milan.

    Johnny Temple

  • Kathleen Hanna’s Fire

    On the self-titled debut record by punk/dance band Le Tigre, there's a short song called "Eau d'Bedroom Dancing" that pays tribute to the timeless tradition of spinning around one's bedroom, al

    Hillary Frey

  • Fear of a Punk Planet

    The Chicago-based magazine Punk Planet--nominated for the past two years in Utne Reader's Alternate Press Awards for "General Excellence," along with such better-heeled competitio

    Ivan Kreilkamp

  • Holy Rock ‘n’ Rollers

    In Hicksville, Long Island, on any given Sunday afternoon, pierced and tattooed teenagers in black clothing gather to listen and watch as groups of kids like themselves tear their fingertips on

    Lauren Sandler

  • Russell Simmons’s Rap

    Russell Simmons, known for decades as Rush to his friends, is of average height and build for a man his age (45), with a cleanshaven face, bald dome and light complexion.

    Miles Marshall Lewis

  • ‘Stakes Is High’

    Fifteen years ago, rappers like Public Enemy, KRS-One and Queen Latifah were received as heralds of a new movement.

    Jeff Chang

  • In Cold Type

    Topic magazine is a kaleidoscopic new British literary review, still in its infancy and edited by a bunch of precocious Cambridge graduate students.

    Amy Wilentz

  • Desert Island Discs

    Picture this: you're stranded on a desert island with nothing to comfort you but sand, sun and, miraculously, the solar-powered sound system that washed up with you.

    Various Contributors

  • The Power of Music

    Talking With Eddie Vedder, Boots Riley, Amy Ray, Carrie Brownstein, Tom Morello

    Ann Powers

  • Prick Up Your Ears

    How does a fiercely anticorporate musician feel about participating in a corporate entertainment system?

    the Editors
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