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COVER MOVIES BOOKS

Abortion controversy Pages 3-4
Across the country pro-life and pro-choice groups
are battling over the issue of abortion. In Ann Arbor
the feelings are just as intense. Daily managing
editor Jackie Young presents a number of local
facets of the issue in Weekend's cover story. The
cover photos were taken by photographers
Dan Habib and Matt Petrie.

Better late than P...Page 9
Weekend movie editor Byron L. Bull lists his
choices of the best films of 1984. Sure, it's February
already, but many of these films are still current.
This list is more complete and explanatory than
many you'll see, and it's well worth comparing with
your opinions.

Life for beginners Page 11
Weekend book reviewer P. Robertson writes on
Fisher's Hornpipe, a recent novel by Todd McEwen.
Written in an easy-to-read manner, the touching and
humorous novel has a great deal of depth. It is
recommended as quality reading.

ENTERTAINMENTS

RELEASES

Ann Arbor happenings

Pages 5 - 8

The latest; the greatest

Page 10

This is a handy guide to this weekend's events.
From current and second-run films to music to
eateries, the Happenings section features
everything you need to know for everything you'd
want to do.

Weekend
Friday, February 1, 1985
Volume III, Issue 15
Magazine Editors .... . ............... Paula Dohring
Randall Stone
Associate Magazine Editors .......... Julie Jurrjens
John Logie
Magazine Staff:J
Joshua Bilmes, Neil Galanter, Debbie Gesmundo
Diane Melnick, Sarah Rosenberg, Joyce Welsh
Arts Editors ........................ Mike Fisch
Andrew Porter

Various staff members offer brief critiques on
some of the latest albums. these albums range in
category from Heavy Metal to Funk to Classical.
Although the opinions are mixed, they give readers a
chance to hear about a number of new releases.
Associate Arts Editors ..........Michael Drongowski
Movies .......................... .Byron L. Bull
Music ............................. Dennis Harvey
Books ..............................Andy Weine
Weekend Marketing Coordinator......Miriam Adler
Sales Manager ..................... Dawn Willacker
Sales Representatives:
Steve Friedlander, Debby Kaminetsky, Cynthia
Nixon, Leslie Purcell, Jenny Matz, Kathleen
O'Brian, Meg Margulies, Mary Anne Hogan,
Sheryl Biesman, Mark Bookman, Leigh Schlang,
Peter Giangreco

Comments and contributions
to Weekend are welcome and
should be directed to the
Weekend Magazine Editors
(call 764-0379).

Weekend is edited and managed by students on the
staff of the Michigan Daily at 420 Maynard, Ann Ar-
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Weekend, (313) 763-0379 and 763-0371; Michigan
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Copyright 1985, The Michigan Daily.

Is liIfe
too
much?
Fisher's Hornpipe
by Todd McEwen
Bantam, 256 pages,
$5.95
By P Robertson
IS REAL LIFE really too much for
most of us? After reading Fisher's
Hornpipe I began to wonder. Fisher, the
delightful, if somewhat paranoid and
hostile, narrator of the story leads us
through a segment of his life in which
everything seems to be conspiring
against him. Leading among the con-
spiritors is his own mind.
The story opens on Walden's Pond
with a goose flying overhead. Great
care is given to make the reader feel
every flap of the wing, the brush of air
all around, and the ground far below.
It is very hard work to fly, the
goose is using all her energy to fly.
You're right up there next to her,
she's frightened but flying, sighting
with each downstroke of her great
wings.
We are brought sharply back to earth
when Fisher sees a dead Thoreau under
the ice. Fisher then falls on the ice and
cuts open hishead. One wonders if
author Todd McEwen is insinuating
that we, as humans who have all played
and fallen on the ice, suffer the same
results: psychological instability. Of
course, trouble always seems worse af-
ter a period in which everything has
been sharp and beautiful. McEwen
shows us through Fisher those terrible
and not so terrible things which happen
to us inta way which makes them funny.
We laugh when Jillian, Fisher's girl,
leaves him this note: Even without
this absurd episode our relationship

is shitty. You can't treat me like this
anymore. Don't you realize I'm in
law school? We have to talk. You've
changed. This is ridiculous. Why
don't you get a good job?--.
Sure, its funny. It's also everything
ever said during a break up in one let-
ter. We laugh until we realize how per-
sonal it is, then we abruptly stop
laughing and keep reading. What next
of our private lives will McEwen spread
across the printed page covering it so
superficially under the guise of bor-
derline.insanity and humour?
He goes on to dissect our favorite
social pastime: Drinking. Imbibing is
not something we discuss in an intellec-
tual manner, but rather, we remember
it with smiles and jibes. It serves as our
weekly escape from reality. McEwen
lays it out for us, he even numbers it:
The Seven Stages of Drunkenness
I All topics found humorous
II Linguistic play
III Overcompensated daintiness
IV Shouting sadness
V Out of body experiences
VI Severe inert reverie
VII Passage into the epiphanic
stream
Now we are able to chart our
progress to depression. Thanks,
McEwen.
Not by any means does it end there; it
goes on and on. We become more con-
fused and frustrated by rhetoric as well
as content. The lack of punctuation and
incohesive paragraphs cause our minds
to whirl...This device makes us dig for
the meaning; it does not come easily.
After struggling with Fisher through
bars, fights, gutters, and stares, it is
calming to find him alone on a beach by
the sea, kicking at sand and listening to
gulls. Fisher has endured the almost
unendurable: life. He's made it from
the pond to the sea and realized that he
is not alone in his struggles. But during
the process he's stopped being the
goose and has become someone who
only hears the gulls in the distance.
Critics say it has "comic timing" and
that it is "like Thoreau on laughing
gas." It was these things, but it was
also much more. Underneath the sharp
humour I found a similarity to life that
could not be ignored. The pain of
problems changes us. We can't expect
to be the goose forever, but we can
laugh at ourselves and, like Fisher, sur
vine.

A NOVEL BY TODD Mc
Fisher's paranoia: painfully true to life
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