|RECOMMENDED DAILY REQUIREMENT: Deadly Feasts is written in a deft, flowing manner that lacks little (except maybe gratuitous grossness) compared to a Steven King thriller, and would make a good read for the first 30 pages or so, if it was simply a book on cannibalism. ED CANTARELLA "I Eat You"- More -
RDR 06.30.00: ED CANTARELLA offers a test in "GRACE: The Final Frontier."
RDR 07.03.00: RAKESH AGRAWAL shares the glories of his youth in India's "Summer."
RDR 07.05.00: AL DUNSMUIR argues that "Genetics Must Benefit Humanity."
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G21 NEWS: While he was interviewing the resident doctor to get the information we need to understand the needs and provide the help required, villagers rushed in with two injured men. The men had been chasing an escaped cow not far from the village and stumbled over a trip wire that triggered a grenade. ...RENDT GORTER "Letters from Chechnya" - More -
DAY ONE: The story of President Richard M. Nixon's visit to China in 1972 is the stuff of great opera, brought to Britain 13 years after its premier in Houston. For the sake of completeness I ought to say that John Adams' music, from the tremendous opening build-up of tension prior to Nixon's arrival to the last, fragile note of regret, marks him out as America's greatest living composer but it was matched by Alice Goodman's libretto of rhyming couplets.... KEVIN CAREY "NIXON" - More -
CARTOONS BY GASPIRTZ: A droll sense of humor, a twist of fate. OLIVER GASPIRTZ.
PLANETARY MADNESS: Whether you are retaining unwanted water or whether you are finding it difficult to let go of mawkish sentiments (or resentments), your pinscher-sporting inner Crab is reluctant to release anything (or anyone).....JENNIFER BLUE "JULY, 2000"
VOX POPULI: From Dan VanDeMortel, San Francisco, CA, USA:
Something strange is going on here. If I add up all these places you've seen, women you've been involved with, ups and downs at G21, plus the family drama, my arithmetic places you at 73 years old, yet you're still in your 40s.
On Occasion, Old-Timers are BestBOB POWERS
Supreme Beings of Leisure, according to their record company's publicist, "came together, as their name would suggest, without much effort." The publicist calls it "a cosmic accident--four souls in search of one thing and finding another."
OK. Not quite sure what that means, if anything, but the first album by the group sounds like a good choice for the deejay of any of the techno crowd. Heavy bass, blurred guitar, and always a good beat. The singer, Geri Soriano-Underwood, wrote lyrics and has a pleasing if not particularly distinctive voice. The arrangements from this interesting quartet will not offend, nor will it overwhelm you with its importance.
I liked it, and that was enough for me. I don't dance (at least not in public), but I could understand why SBL's debut album would find a happy home in those dark spaces filled with perspiring young people.
Tall Man at The DoorROD AMIS
It was inevitable that one day a knock would come at my door. A tall, white American wearing a black suit and brogans stood before me. (Why would anyone wear a black suit in Cairo?) He wanted to know if I knew "a Richard Damon." I told him I knew a Wafah whose last name had been Damon, as far as I recalled.
He asked if I knew of Damon's whereabouts.
I said I had no idea. This was true. I had spirited Wafah to the Sudan by
this time. If my machinations worked out (it turned out they did) he would
have gotten into Khartoum where we would connect him with a Nigerian
connection which would spirit him across Chad --- a journey not for the
faint-hearted --- and over to west Africa and Nigeria.
There's a Spy in the "I"DOUGLAS MC DANIEL
If you haven't heard of Echelon, well, imagine a giant vacuum cleaner sucking up worldwide communications into the black bat vortex of the United States National Security Agency (NSA). Or that's how it seems. Such searches must have a flavor-of-the-day quality, depending on political winds, bazillion-dollar contracts out for bid, or what a station chief might be in the mood for. Monday it might be a scan on conversations using the words "Osama Bin Laden," on Tuesday, the mention of "cocaine" over wireless phones, on another day, the intimate moans of a Saudi prince's mistress, the Pope's weekly confession, even J.D. Salinger ordering a pizza for delivery! Who knows, if you are interesting enough, it's just as capable of beaming in on you.
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