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LINGUISTIC ALCHEMY: AN EVENING WITH LAUREL ANN BOGEN

LINGUISTIC ALCHEMY: AN EVENING WITH LAUREL ANN BOGEN

July 22, 2000 DVD
LINGUISTIC ALCHEMY: AN EVENING WITH LAUREL ANN BOGENLaurel Ann Bogen - poet, mentor, and all-around word witch (Sun in Aries, Moon in Cancer, Sagittarius Rising), is rarely at home, being a creature of multiple tasks and titles. For this reason I became, some three years ago, the nominal guardian of her cat: a large, mild-mannered orange tabby, innocuously christened "Little Guy Bogen". Being Little Guy's adoptive parent entitles me to visit Laurel at regular intervals for dinner, which I…
Greetings Constant Reader:

Greetings Constant Reader:

July 22, 2000 Reviews
Those of you who read the Beef every month may have noticed that last month there was no Beef. When I started this web zine I started this column thinking that it would be easy to rant about something that was bothering me that month. In fact, I figured that I would have an overabundance of stuff to rant about in print. Just a drive to the grocery store is enough to keep me in material for months...I thought.…
CD Reviews

CD Reviews

June 30, 2000 Reviews
Music & Spoken Word BURT BACHARACH The Best of Burt Bacharach Hipp-O Records, (A & M/MCA) A funny thing happened to me when I was growing up, my parents played music that I actually liked. One of their favorites was Burt Bacharach. They also played stuff that I thought was overblown mush, but there was always something snappy and cool about Burt's music that went beyond the usual middle brow fare. The best of his stuff had an economy…
Olmsted’s DVD Astro Hell THOSE SHIT-SUCKING VAMPIRES

Olmsted’s DVD Astro Hell THOSE SHIT-SUCKING VAMPIRES

June 23, 2000 DVD
MODERN VAMPIRES (Sterling Home Entertainment) RAZOR BLADE SMILE (A-Pix Ent.) Straight to video no longer has the stigma it once had, since distributing a film costs so much now that studio lack of faith hardly means a bad movie. However, in the following two vampire epics, that's exactly what it means. "From the creators of FREEWAY" says the blurb on the cool box for MODERN VAMPIRES. After consulting IMDb, the only two names that are connected with FREEWAY are…
Video Reviews

Video Reviews

June 1, 2000 Reviews
AYN RAND - A Sense of Life Documentary First Look Pictures "Howard Roark laughed." For my money, that is still one of the punchiest three word opening paragraphs ever penned. Right up there with "Call me Ishmael." But that is where the similarity stops. Our boy Melville went on to write a whale of a story, pardon the pun, which became an enduring American classic, delving into deep philosophical waters. Ayn Rand merely went on to write another didactic…