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  • Steal This Stage - The State of Women in Theater, 1999

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    Steal This Stage - The State of Women in Theater, 1999

    "Is she a fat, cheesy slut?" That's the question audiences ask whenever a woman gets onstage, argued playwright and performance artist Deb Margolin, at a roundtable on women and theater organized by the New York State Council on the Arts last fall. "...

    by Alisa Solomon on May 18, 1999
  • Yugo Eur Way - Tying Postwar Balkans to the EU

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    Yugo Eur Way - Tying Postwar Balkans to the EU

    The key to peace in Kosovo is the dismantling of Milosevic's power base: the police and paramilitaries, his media monopoly, his economic control. These fundamentals underlie efforts that were unfolding on Monday, with German and Italian leaders pushi...

    by James Ridgeway on May 18, 1999
  • True Confessions - The 44th Annual Obie Awards

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    True Confessions - The 44th Annual Obie Awards

    Inside Webster Hall a mystery lurked. The suspects offered fuzzy alibis, flimsy excuses, changing stories. Still the question burned: why exactly were Paul Rudnick and Lea Delaria hosting the 44th annual Village Voice Obie Awards? DeLaria, a slick ...

    by Alexis Soloski on May 18, 1999
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    Knish Knack - Yonah Shimmel Widens the Borscht Belt

    Almost a hundred years ago, an enterprising rabbi from Eastern Europe decided there must be an easier way to sell his wife's homemade knishes than dragging them up and down the boardwalk at Coney Island. Yonah Shimmel crossed the Williamsburg Bridge ...

    by Matthew Cowan on May 18, 1999
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    Masters in Hype - Liddy Dole To Speak at Nonexistent Graduation

    Bandwidths broaden, and the future of the Internet spreads before us like a vast, unspoiled plain. No longer restricted to mere text and image, the brave new Web will push the multimedia envelope, enriching our lives and thrilling our souls. Its only...

    by Jeff Howe on May 18, 1999
  • How Free Can Speech Be? - The Names of Murdered Doctors Are Crossed Out

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    How Free Can Speech Be? - The Names of Murdered Doctors Are Crossed Out

    The most controversial free speech case in years is now before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on the West Coast. The odds are that it will eventually wind up before the Supreme Court of the United States. The issue: how free can free speech be on...

    by Nat Hentoff on May 18, 1999
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    Guy vs. Guy - Men Take Up Self-Defense

    The assailant grabs Dave Ayala from behind, holds a knife to his throat, and mutters something about beating the shit out of him. But Ayala turns out to be an unwise mark. He screams "No!" at the top of his lungs, punches the guy in the groin, pushes...

    by Sharon Lerner on May 18, 1999
  • War Crimes as Spectator Sport - Birth Defects and Leukemia Ahead

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    War Crimes as Spectator Sport - Birth Defects and Leukemia Ahead

    Refugees are now providing accounts of "throat cutting, cutting out eyes, cutting off breasts, nose, fingers, hands and/or feet, slicing of body parts, and carving of Serb nationalistic marks on the chest, forehead, or other parts of the body." Or...

    by Nat Hentoff on May 11, 1999
  • Bikini Kill - Technology Begins at the Roots

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    Bikini Kill - Technology Begins at the Roots

    Imagine a life this sad and lonely: Every day, people conspire to get rid of you. They stare contemptuously, plotting your demise. Will you be cut? Burned? Shot with a laser until you are incinerated in a sulfuric cloud of dust? You are excessive, un...

    by David Kushner on May 11, 1999
  • Smugglers’ Notch - Porn Password Pirates Seek Hidden Booty

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    Smugglers Notch - Porn Password Pirates Seek Hidden Booty

    Back in the old days, a kid had to work to get porn. Legions of fat, lonely stamp collectors would pedal miles on Huffy dirt bikes to buy used copies of Juggs at the flea market. Porn was contraband, the ultimate stash. It would be squeezed under mat...

    by David Kushner on May 11, 1999
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    The Force Is With Us. Everywhere.

    Reviews of The Phantom Menace hit the Net last week, after some fans managed to get into a special screening. Ain't-it-cool-news.com was one of the first sites to post fan reviews of the film, which ran from ecstatic ("superb as a story [and] as a fi...

    by Edmund Lee on May 11, 1999
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    For Future Reference

    Some books make good books. The Catcher in the Rye makes a good book, the familiar, dog-eared, maroon-and-yellow paperback that's sat on everyone's shelf since the ninth grade. Likewise the Bible, the Torah, and hell, the unwieldy but lovable Infinit...

    by Jeff Howe on May 11, 1999
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    NY Mirror - Notes from an opening: 'Manhandled by security guard. Kept running into whiny B-list types or maybe that was a mirror.'

    As Lily Tomlin puts it in the press kit, Tea With Mussolini stars "some of the best English actresses today and Cher." Actually, Ms. Sarkisian LaPierre Bono, etc., tries her moxiest to brighten the proceedings as a gold-digging art collector who neve...

    by Michael Musto on May 11, 1999
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    Chasing Amy - Lolita Complex

    Perhaps the most controversial event surrounding Amy Fisher's release from prison is Mary Jo Buttafuoco's public forgiveness. How magnanimous are you? Allen Beasley Age: 39 Resides: Jersey City, New Jersey Occupation: Co...

    by Edmund Lee on May 11, 1999
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    Letters

    Crappy Birthday Richard Goldstein, in "The 'Faggot' Factor" [May 11], wrote, "Take a kid who's seething with insecurity, bait him on a regular basis, and you've given him a good reason to celebrate Hitler's birthday." I think not. Take an incred...

    on May 11, 1999
  • School Clothes - Photos by Nina Roberts

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    School Clothes - Photos by Nina Roberts

    The Parsons Fashion Critics Awards Benefit late last month honored both Stanley Marcus, the 94-year-old chairman emeritus of the Neiman Marcus empire, and the graduating class of Parsons, whose fondest collective dream is to land a design in the loc...

    by Lynn Yaeger on May 11, 1999
  • 'This Building Is a Weapon' - Scalded Skin, Poisoned Blood, and Broken Bones in Harlem

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    'This Building Is a Weapon' - Scalded Skin, Poisoned Blood, and Broken Bones in Harlem

    Three months ago, 10-year-old Sean Daniels narrowly escaped from Harlem, wounded but still alive. It wasn't a gang or random bullets that threatened the fourth-grader's life, but a building, the 52-unit apartment house at 140th Street and Lenox Avenu...

    by J.A. Lobbia on May 11, 1999
  • A Woman's Work - How HIV Caught Fire in South Africa: Part Two

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    A Woman's Work - How HIV Caught Fire in South Africa: Part Two

    Hlabisa, South Africa Handsome, soft-spoken Bongani is one of 3.6 million people infected with HIV in South Africa, which has one of the world's fastest-growing AIDS epidemics. As a gold miner working 300 miles from his rural home, he is also part o...

    by Mark Schoofs on May 11, 1999
  • So Shad - A Great Hudson River Fishery Faces Its End

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    So Shad - A Great Hudson River Fishery Faces Its End

    When Christopher Letts was getting ready to host an $85-per-person gourmet shad bake at Prince Street's Savoy restaurant two weeks ago, he had a problem: where to get the fish. Ron Ingold, whose family had harvested shad near the George Washington Br...

    by Karen Cook on May 11, 1999
  • Queers in Space - DUMBA Takes Off

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    Queers in Space - DUMBA Takes Off

    Feeling blah? Tired of Patriarchal Systems of Domination? Oppressive and Culturally Hegemonic imagery of dykes and queers as people with either steroid-enhanced gym tits or second date U-Hauls? Feeling locked up in a Commodified and Marginalized "lif...

    by Guy Trebay on May 11, 1999
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