Table of contents for week of December 3, 2004
NEWS & FEATURES
Despite the glamour of the assault weapon, Elizabeth Kear finds most people at a recent gun show shopping for little more than handguns and good old fashioned hunting rifles.
For a few days, the video clip of an American Marine shooting an unarmed insurgent in the head seemed destined to become one of the Iraq War's signature images. But instead it's slowly fading from the public eye - a disappearing act that Dan Kennedy says reveals much about the nation's evolving attitude toward war.
During the 2004 presidential campaign, progressive darling MoveOn.org revolutionized the political use of the Internet and became, for many, the embodiment of the embattled American left. But the vaunted organization failed to realize its most ambitious goals, and now MoveOn's role in the next Democratic transformation is far from clear. Adam Reilly takes a look.
Jason Vest says that if there's one thing on which both supporters and critics of the new CIA chief can agree, it's that the departure of several agency veterans is only the beginning of the personnel fallout - and ominous culture shift - likely to trouble the agency under Porter Goss's leadership.
Plus, this just in:
NON-PROFIT LAND: MENSK goes legit
YOUR PRESIDENT: No pay raise for you
IRAQ VERSUS THE MEDIA:War dissected
Politics and Other Mistakes
Letters to the editor
Sam Pfeifle listens to Praise & Worship, a compilation of 10 years of live performances by the Maine Mass Gospel Choir.
Matt Ashare says With the Lights Out is not merely a greatest-hits package or retrospective, but a revealing look inside the musical mess that was Nirvana.
Becca Dewan hears Langston Hughes and Aaron Robinson at Immanuel Baptist Church.
As Elvis Costello continues to pursue multiple genres, Jon Garelick takes a look the artist's latest releases - one rock, one classical.
With Adam and Leonard Cohen releasing new albums within days of each other, Mac Randall has the opportunity to talk to the younger Cohen about two generations of one notable musical family.
Ken Micallef listens to A Perfect Circle's vein-squeezing, goth-prog take on protest and anti-war classics.
Also, short reviews of:
ALIVE AT RED ROCKS DVD
MY COUNTRY II EP
Tegan and Sara
HEAD FOR THE DOOR
THE WAY I WERE
LOVE. ANGEL. MUSIC. BABY.
Steve Vinebery reviews Sideways, "an alternately rollicking and mournful road comedy about the terrors of settling into middle age that takes place during a week-long vacation taken by two men, pals since college, in Southern California wine country."
Gerald Peary recalls a conversation with director Sam Fuller.
Chris Fujiwara says that Samuel Fuller's restored WW2 epic The Big Red One is finally the masterpiece it was intended to be.
InterActors Inc. send up the porn classic "Debbie Does Dallas" and Megan Grumbling's not seeing it for the dialogue.
Portland Iris a small, custom press, will host an open house to launch its first limited-edition portfolio. By Chris Thompson.
In The Arc of Justice, Kevin Boyle directs readers' attention to Motor City in 1925 and shows a stereoscopic view of race in America in the ’20s. By John Freeman.
John Freeman has the gossip on the events of the award ceremony for the country’s second-oldest literary prize.
Plus, Ink Slingers.
Joyce Millman says, HBO's Peter Sellers looks for the man behind the masks; also, The Librarian is overdue.
Andy King says, Reiley’s Sandwich Shop concentrates on the craft of the sandwich.
Best Music Poll 2004
The Best of 2003
Portland Band Guide