Alibi V.13 No.1 • Jan 1-7, 2004 

Book News

Chilling

January Book Events

Colorado author Robert Greer pleased a lot of readers with his C.J. Floyd mystery series. In his newest novel, Heat Shock, he brings his experience as a practicing surgical pathologist and research scientist to a gripping new thriller about a bizarre biotechnology abuse involving two prize fighting cocks. An emergency room doctor and a white-water rafter join forces to track down the stolen cocks and uncover a secret biotech scheme that could be worth billions of dollars.

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Book Review

Less than a Conviction, More than Just a Hope

Deep Gossip

Henry Abelove's Deep Gossip explains more about the place of homosexuality in American culture than a truckload of tomes about gay identity and queer theory. And because one of his themes is that homosexuals constitute “no special variety of humankind, no distinct sexual species” in exploring the fate of queer thought in America, Abelove tells us much about the sexual underpinnings of the American intellectual psyche.

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Speed Reader

An Imperfect God: George Washington, His Slaves and the Creation of America

Among the pantheon of Founding Fathers, Washington often gets short shrift. In Wiencek's book, because the old general arranged to free his slaves after his death, Washington gets the respect he deserves. By all appearances, An Imperfect God seems to be an important new work of early American history.

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The Year in Arts and Books

Beggers Can Be Choosers

The Top 10 Arts and Books of 2003

Drum roll, please.

After much strained thought and ruthless self-flagellation (smacking myself with a stick helps me think), I've narrowed my favorite arts and literature experiences of 2003 down to this brief list. It hasn't been easy, friends. A lot has happened in 2003. I've seen lots of great plays and exhibits. I've read lots of great books. In the end, though, these are the 10 artsy-litsy thing-a-ma-jing-a-ma-bobs that I felt were truly unforgettable. I present them to you now in no particular order.

1) The Guaymas Chronicles: La Mandadera David E. Stuart

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Photo by Eric Tillinghast

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The Gravity of the Situation

Þyngdarljóð: Gravity's Poetry

A series of photographs of Icelandic waterfalls by Eric Tillinghast. Each waterfall is displayed in a light box containing internal mechanics that generate light and sound to simulate surging water.
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Courtesy of the artist

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Doll Parts

Trixie Mattel

In support of the "Now With Moving Parts Tour," enjoy an evening of music, comedy and drag.
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Courtesy of Desert Rose Playhouse

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Songs to Overthrow the Status Quo To

Beehive: The '60s Musical

The ultimate celebration of '60s female empowerment in the days of miniskirts, transistor radios and flower power as told from the perspective of six young women.
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Courtesy of the artist

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More Jazz, More Stars

Jazz and Blues Under the Stars

Live blues and jazz with dancing, food and libations.
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Maria Bamford

The well-known, ground-breaking comic performs live stand-up.
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New Mexico Entertainment's Morning Toons

Wear pajamas, bring a blanket and take part in this Saturday morning event with the family and friends and enjoy cartoons on the big screen. Have some breakfast and enjoy the toons.
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