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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, February 5, 1997 - 9

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is head and shoulders above all the
rest.
Oasis is poised to become the
biggest band of the '90s and, quite
possibly, one of the most successful
groups of all time. And they're doing
it with an unrivaled flare of sexuality,
arrogance, swagger and confidence.
With recent run-ins with the law
concerning cocaine possession, gos-
sip about the new album and constant
other reports of various rock star
antics, Oasis seems to be in terrific
demand, now more than ever. With
such hysteria and fame surrounding
the fab five from Manchester, it might
seem impossible to find any way to
bring Oasis to a personal level.
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making "There and Then" much more
than just an ordinary live video.
The excitement begins with Noel
Gallagher leading his band on stage at
Maine Road to a crazed sea of fans
jumping up and down as if the gig is
the most sacred thing in their lives.
After saluting his home town with a
few bows, the band kicks into the cus-
tomary instrumental opener "The
Swamp Song." A few minutes in, the
boyish Liam Gallagher finally saun-
ters on stage to a deafening roar. He
leans into the microphone and asks,
"Manchester, are you mad fer it?"
After parading around the stage and
rattling his tambourine, he explodes
into a victorious version of
"Acquiesce."
The view then shifts to Earls Court

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Sky" and a solo acoustic spot of Noel
tenderly delivering "Morning Glory."
Complementing these tracks are
interviews with all five members of
Oasis concerning such issues as bass
player Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan's
brief absence from the band due to
nervous exhaustion, how drummer
Alan White was hired (after original
drummer Tony McCarrol was
sacked), and how the band feels about
smaller club gigs as opposed to stadi-
um extravaganzas.
A mesmerizing "Champagne
Supernova" is followed by "Cast No
Shadow" and a triumphant
"Wonderwall," which combines
piano, strings, electric bass and
acoustic guitar. During these songs,
one thing becomes blatantly obvious:

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lie t an image of John Lennon
wced onto a large backdrop
band. Next, England's
Sles tribute band, The
Bootleg Beatles, come on stage to
help out on "I Am The Walrus." The
video is brought to a close with a
rousing rendition of Slade's "Cum On
Feel The Noize."
With perfect picture and crisp
audio, "There and Then" captures the
clean sound and casual charm of one
of the biggest bands in the world. The
viewer can not only feel the energy of
the band on stage, but can also catch a
glimpse of what goes through the
minds of the Gallagher brothers and
company before and after their perfor-
mances. Rarely do fans get the chance
to see a big band from the front row or
hang out with the band after a show,
but thanks to creative filming and
superb quality, "There and Then"
gives you the next best thing.

Noel Gallagher plays guitar live at
Maine Road in Manchester.

Liam Gallagher poses while he sings at
a Manchester show.

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ESaskiad,' 'Intimate Hour' make for good reading

We've got free Ray Charles tickets for you!

The Saskiad
Brian Hall
Houghton Mifflin
Not many books for adults feature
child protagonists - and even fewer
i e "The Odyssey" as a starting point.
nian Hall's "The Saskiad" is probably
the only novel in print that does both.
But far from being merely a curiosity, it
features an engaging story with a high-
ly original cast of characters.
Twelve-year-old Saskia, a brilliant,
bookish child, lives on an Ithaca, New
York commune left over from the '60s.
Her mother, Lauren, takes care of the
organic farming, while Saskia mothers
her half-siblings and recalls her favorite
*0terary heroes - Odysseus and Marco
Polo. Saskia's imaginary world blends
with her real life in a wholly authentic
and believable way.
But as the book opens, Saskia's world
is changing. Formerly a misfit at
scfiool, she befriends rebellious, daring
Jane Singh and the two become insepa-,
rable. Then Saskia's long-gone father
invites her and Jane on a mysterious{
vacation. Saskia is prepared to adore!
omas, a charming and volatile eco-;
warrior, but she soon discovers that he
is not what he appears.
"The Saskiad" (an allusion to "The
Iliad") stands out strongly for its accu-
rafe- portrayals of childhood and junior
high life. Saskia's trials at school and
her attempts to fit in are entirely realis-
ti and poignant. The book's events are
seen through her eyes, as well, allowing
th freader to share her discoveries and
.lisillusionments. Telling a child's story
in -authentic and unsentimental lan-
guage is no easy task, but Hall succeeds
admirably.
fortunately, most of the other charac-
ters -are also depicted well, since they
catty much of the action in this emo-
tional and psychological book. Jane

evokes sympathy as a troubled, too-
experienced adolescent, and Thomas is
suitably complex in his role as the
book's Odysseus. Lauren tends to be
more flat and one-dimensional in com-
parison, but this does fit her Penelope-
like image.
These "Odyssey" analogies are also
an intriguing facet of the novel. An
author's drawing parallels to a master-
work of Western literature might seem
arrogant at first, but Hall's comparisons
are subtle and managed well. Saskia's
reading of "The Odyssey" is simply
allowed to shape her perception of
events, a natural
and unobtru-
sive device
that gives the
story added
levels of
meaning.
But overall,
readers of
"The Saskiad"
will best remember its endearing title
character. She milks cows, writes haiku
and idolizes astronomer Tycho Brahe,
observing the world around her in a
humorous and inimitable way. Readers
can only hope that Hall is contemplat-
ing a sequel - another book about
Saskia would be most welcome.
-Elizabeth Lucas

when they do?" These are a few of the
questions which Susan Baur addresses
in her book, "The Intimate Hour."
"The Intimate Hour" is an explo-
ration of psychotherapist and client
relationships from past to present. As
legal regulations drastically limit the
relationships between doctors and
patients, Baur argues that laws will
never properly deal with the complica-
tions which arise from this highly sensi-
tive topic. She firmly believes that more
attention must be paid to the role of love
in therapy.
By love, Baur is talking about its
many different
forms, including
sexual feelings
towards the oppo-
site sex, platonic
friendships and
paternalistic love.
She differentiates
between the many
kinds while detail-
ing both the helpful and harmful
aspects of the subject.
"The Intimate Hour" begins with a
history of doctor/patient love, filled
with examples and in-depth analysis.
This is followed by a detailed explana-
tion of the present situation, and an
unbiased discussion of the effects of
legislation on psychotherapy. From
beginning to end, "The Intimate Hour"
is compelling and thought-provoking,
revealing a social dilemma which has
been hidden for too long.
Baur creates a well-organized and
eloquent argument about the relevance
of love in therapy through numerous
accounts of actual relationships. From
Carl Jung's lengthy affair with Sabina
Spielrein, to Otto Rank's affair with
the seductive Anais Nin, to the mod-
ern- day practice of women suing their
therapists for sexual abuse, Baur
leaves no aspect of this topic
untouched.

Baur, a clinical psychologist, does
an excellent job writing about a sub-
ject which has been taboo for so many
years. With the general view in society
being that a relationship between a
doctor and patient must be based on
unethical and immoral intentions,
Baur is able to break through years of
silence to present both ends of the
spectrum.
Most conceptions of relationships
between a psychotherapist and a client
are that the doctor is abusing his power
to prey on a vulnerable target.
Admittedly, there are many stories in
which this is the case. But on the other
hand, many therapists believe they have
truly experienced a mutual love for their
patients, and acted upon it.
In one survey, it is estimated that 95
percent of male psychologists admit that
they have been attracted to a patient at
one time or another. It is also estimated
that close to 5 percent of therapists who
have had sexual relations with their
patients go on to marry them.
So where should the line that will
prevent sexual exploitation but allow
two consenting adults to act on their
love, be drawn? Can therapy be effec-
tive without any form of love or affec-
tion, including friendship? (One con-
cept that is mentioned is that "if sexu-
al tension didn't exist between a man
and a woman, the man wasn't likely to
pay attention to what the woman
said.") What exactly is the aftermath of
a doctor/patient relationship? These
are all questions presented in this
book.
Every psychology student, or any-
one interested in psychology, should
read "The Intimate Hour." Its fresh
insight and powerful arguments will
make every reader think twice about
the place love has not only in the doc-
tor's office, but in our everyday lives
as well.
-Julia Shih

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The Intimate Hour
Susan Baur
Houghton Mifflin

In celebration of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, which brings one of the
world's finest musicians to Hill Auditorium on Feb. 15, 1997, the Daily is
giving away two pairs of tickets to see Charles' sure-to-be phenomenal per-
formance. Charles will appear with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra to
play his roaring classics along with his great new material. Proceeds from
the concert will benefit the Ann Arbor Summer Festival and help keep the'-
Top of the Park outdoor concert and movie series free and open to all. If you
are interested in entering the contest to win a FREE pair of tickets, answer
the following question: What soft drink company ran an ad campaign star-
ring Charles? E-mail your answer, along with your name, and phone number
to daily.arts@umich.edu. You must be a student at the University; employees
of The Michigan Daily and the Ann Arbor Summer Arts Festival are not eligi-
ble. If you don't win, tickets are still available by calling 764-2538.

"How do two people sit across from
each other in therapy, becoming closer
and more intimate by the hour, without
sometimes giving in to the full and nat-
ural expression of love? What happens

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