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1999 Stories by Richard Gehr

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  • Men on the Street

    published December 21, 1999

    Unlike the recent film The City (La Ciudad), in which immigration is treated as a relentless tragedy perceived in somber black and white,... More >>

  • Jam Bands Discover Dance Music

    published December 14, 1999

    Wetlands's basement lounge is the seventh-and-a-half floor of local clubland—and not just because of the minimal headroom and occasional... More >>

  • The Double Life of Vera Bila

    published December 14, 1999

    There have been few less likely singing sensations than Vera Bila, the Nusrat Fateh Ali Kahn of gypsy music. The subject of this intimate... More >>

  • Beautiful Losers

    published November 30, 1999

    Feeling lucky? You probably face better odds than writer brothers Frederick and Steven Barthelme, who managed to squander a quarter of a million... More >>

  • Darkside Toons

    published November 30, 1999

    Countless forgettable examples of East European animation later, cartooning remains devoted to the timeless art of kid pacification. Especially in... More >>

  • Grape of Wrath

    published September 7, 1999

    If every Sgt. Pepper's begets its Satanic Majesties Request,and every Woodstock its Woodstock '99, Alexander "Skip" Spence's... More >>

  • Hungry and Weird

    published July 13, 1999

    Since the 1969 release of Trout Mask Replica, the artist dubbed Captain Beefheart has incarnated the gold standard by which "weirdness" in... More >>

  • Tarzan

    published June 15, 1999

    It's a jungle out in Hollywood, so it's no surprise that Disney sticks to the straight and narrow path once again with its latest visually rich... More >>

  • Havana Great Time

    published June 1, 1999

    Like the vintage hand-tinted postcards it resembles, Wim Wenders's film about the Buena Vista Social Club— the dozen or so aging Cuban... More >>

  • The Escape Artist

    published February 16, 1999

    Alex Garland's first novel, The Beach, was and is great escape literature in every sense of the term. Written with the... More >>

  • Sunbaked

    published February 16, 1999

    Swaying beside me is a foot-high stack of records by young East Coast improv-rock mutants (Schleigho, the Slip, Disco Biscuits), all bands in... More >>

  • Bhagavad Guitar

    published January 26, 1999

    Where does music come from? Musicians are like radio receivers, proposes one theory, transforming sounds already zipping through the ether into... More >>

  • Controlled Freak

    published January 19, 1999

    Conspiracy lit is hardly known for concision. Thomas Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49 is the brilliant exception in a subgenre more usually... More >>

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