Table of contents for the week of May 2, 2002
Bush's slipping approval ratings suggest that in ordinary times, Dubya is a very mortal president. Dan Kennedy examines "How Dubya lost his groove."
Chris Wright talks to Richard Flanagan about Gould’s Book of Fish .
Investigative journalist Mark Schapiro on how American tobacco companies, faced with declining US sales, smuggled and money-laundered their way to dominating the foreign cigarette market .
In the Phoenix editorial, a short-lived White House proposal on student loans illustrates the importance of partisan politics.
In Talking Politics by Seth Gitell, Senate president and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Birmingham finds himself between the rock of his commitment to education reform and the hard place of overseeing budget cuts .
Kris Frieswick goes to her high school reunion in Out There.
Christine Junge has done the research, and she says today’s self-tanning products outshine the old orange goop in Urban Buy.
Plus, this just in:
FOLLOW-UP: CNC re-examines gay-union-announcement policy
CHURCH CHAT: Price of scandal
FOR HARRY AND THE COMMONWEALTH: Rapp session
READINGS: Comic chameleons
DEPT. OF SELF-LOVE: There’s the rub
EQUAL-OPPORTUNITY HEALTH: Sports medicine for women
CHANGE OF VENUE: Fire at the Zeitgeist
Letters to the editor
Matt Ashare takes a look at the two sides of Paul Westerberg;
New albums by Medeski Martin & Wood and Soulive jazz it up, according to Michael Endleman;
Banning Eyre tells the story of Zimbabwe’s Oliver Mtukudzi, once a well-kept overseas secret who is now getting calls from the likes of David Letterman;
Lloyd Schwartz on the controlled white heat that is Maurizio Pollini on disc and in concert;
In Smallmouth, Douglas Wolk has the word on the platters that matter in the strange new world of vinyl;
In Cellars by starlight, Ted Drozdowski talks to the members of The Twinemen and the Family Jewels about carrying on the Sandman legacy;
In State of the art, Sean Richardson previews Down's upcoming show in Worcester.
Also, live reviews of Garbage at Avalon, Wilco at Lupo's, and Ben Zander and the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra at Sanders Theatre.
And last but not least, Roadtripping.
Also, short reviews of:
The Promise Ring : WOOD/WATER
Scout Niblett : SWEET HEART FEVER
Zero 7 : SIMPLE THINGS
Kevn Kinney : BROKEN HEARTS AND AUTO PARTS
The Jimmy Castor Bunch : 16 SLABS OF FUNK
Mikhail Pletnev : CARL PHILIPP EMANUEL BACH: SONATAS & RONDOS
Is the Gay & Lesbian Film/Video Festival losing its edge? Peter Keough previews the 17-day event, which he says struggles with conformity;
Gary Susman says Spiderman suceeds often but ultimately doesn't swing;
Enigma breaks the common code, according to Chris Fujiwara.
Also, short reviews of:
THE CAT’S MEOW
DOGTOWN AND Z-BOYS
Carolyn Clay says Family Stories isn't child's play, The Unexpected Man concise, arch, and urbane, and Passion disappointingly resistable;
Iris Fanger has Len Cariou’s guide to Copenhagen;
Mike Miliard finds Jonathan Safran Foer's Everything Is Illuminated to be an ambitious, uneven debut.
Robert David Sullivan laments ending a TV season with plenty of nothing;
Hot Dots -- Thursday, 8:00 (25) The Return of the Jedi (movie). And the arrival of the Ewoks. Alas, poor Yoda.
Dining Out : ZuZu
On the Cheap : Wang’s Fast Food.
Noshing & Sipping : Real Food Bars.
Spring Preview 2002
Best Music Poll 2002
Spring 2002 Band Guide
The 4th annual Best issue