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N The Rude Mechanicals' production of "All My Sons" opens Read The Michigan Daily's Annual Literary Magazine,
tomorrow for a weekend run. Arthur Miller's first Broadway suc- featuring Matthew Schmitt's essay "Blood and Water."
cess, "All My Sons," deals with familial tragedy and war profiteer-
ing following the close of the second World War. Mendelssohn
Theater. Tomorrow through Saturday. 8 p.m. Tickets are $6 for
students and can be purchased at the Michigan Union TicketM Wednesday
Office. 764TKT S. March 10, 1999

IJonica s new
book 'sets the
record straight'
Monica. By now she's so well
known, she's recognized by her first
name, kind of like Madonna. Or,
maybe more appropriately, like
or the record, I am not an avid
follower of the Bill Clinton / Monica
Lewinsky drama. In fact, I avoided
most of the trial coverage at all
costs, and only watched a small part
of last week's interview with
Barbara Walters (although given the
overload of interview quotes float-
ing around on the TV news, I think I
know most of its content.) I couldn't
e less about Paula Jones, Kenneth
Starr, Linda Tripp or nifty cigar
But there is something intriguing
about Monica, in a "90210" sort of
way. She was an intern, a recent col-
lege graduate in her early 20s. She
could have
been the girl
who' lived in &
my hall fresh-
man year, or
o one who sat
two rows t
behind me in
my psychology
And so,
because of its
utter impor- Jessica
tance to college
students, I had Eaton
clook at o State of
"Monica's the Arts
Story," by
A n d r e w
Morton. In this biography, Monica
has taken the opportunity to, as the
book's jacket boasts, "set the record
Iread "Monica's Story" solely for
journalistic purposes. Honest.
I think that it says something
*ut the literary value of the book
that I was able to read its nearly 300
pages; from one Beverly Hills por-
trait to the other, in less than four
hours. Morton portrays Monica as a
sweet, vulnerable girl, extremely
intelligent at school but with a histo-
ry of bad choices in relationships.
With a stressful childhood divorce,
several bad experiences with msen-
sy ve boyfriends, and another affair
ha married man in her past,
Morton writes, it's understandable
that someone like Monica would
unknowingly be swept into the situa-
tion she became stuck in.
Morton spends a lot of time focus-
ing. on Monica's weight problems
and the correlating self-esteem diffi-
culties. Again, he writes, this just
shows how sensitive, sweet and self-
deprecating the young intern could
b She was a victim of society,
sed my Linda Tripp and the polit
ical system.
As could probably be expected,
however, the baby pictures and sto-
ries of how poor elementary-school
Monica wasn't invited to classmate
Tori Spelling's birthday party failed
to motivate any sort of sympathy in
me. Nor did the in-depth description
of the presidential relationship, in
ch Clinton appears more like an
-year-old flirt than a political
But I have to admit, though reluc-
tantly, that I did read the entire book.

And although it was repetitive,
sappy and, well, a cheap thrill, I
enjoyed it.
Reading about the Bill/Monica
affair is fun for college students
because we can relate to it - theo-
retically, it could happen to us, or to
s one we know.
r maybe, kind of like what draws
people to a carnival sideshow, it's
fun because it's all so bizarre.
- Contact Jessica via e-mail at
There's a whole world
out there!
Explore it with Contilk-

spins at
By Jason Birchmeier
Daily At Wrter
Tonight's headliner at Solar, A Guy
Called Gerald, may not sound too famil-
iar. Even though Gerald Simpson's
moniker may be overlooked here in
America, his importance to the evolution
of electronic music cannot. In the early
'90s he pioneered the earliest forms of
jungle music. Before that, Simpson's
style of acid house music fueled
England's now-legendary rave scene in
the late '80s.
Those attending Solar tonight will wit-
ness a rare performance by one of the
world's premier junglists. Primarily a
producer, Gerald Simpson promises to
enlighten the young crowd at Solar by
spinning an array of lavish jungle styles.
"What I'll do when I'm DJing now is
spin whatever one calls the different gen-
res," Simpson said. "I'll try to spin as
many of them as I can within my set. I'll
start off pretty mellow then I'll really
work it up a bit then I'll work it up a bit
harder and then I'll take it back down
"That's the beauty of there being so
many different genres,"he said. "You can
basically cross the field and have people
enjoying themselves at different levels. I
can still keep the same tempo but just
change the sound and texture a little bit.
And when you come with something a
little harder, it's going to be more
Simpson's interest in exploring the
numerous styles of jungle music sets him
apart from most other junglists. While
most choose to highlight their sets with
their own music interspersed with other
very similar styles of music, Simpson
caters his set to the interests of each indi-
vidual crowd.
"It depends on the crowd," Simpson
said. .I mean, you're a disc jockey.You're

Courtesyof Nat Finkelstein
A Guy Called Gerald pioneered what is now known as jungle music.
actually riding the music for the people. own independent label, Juice Box, where
You have to keep them interested and he released his next album "28 Gun Bad
happy. That's why you have a big box of Boy" (1992), utilizing what he calls
records" "samples, breakbeats, cut-ups and all
Simpson's first taste of fame came in sorts of little bits and pieces from all over
the late '80s. Born in the artistically the place" to compose the songs. Not
diverse city of Manchester, England, only did Simpson experience "a celebra-
Simpson always possessed an interest in tion of freedom"but he also laid the blue-
manipulating sounds. As a youth he prints for what was to soon evolve into
would rearrange music dubbed from the jungle music.
radio. Later on, he "People were beginning to call it jun-
became involved gle-techno," Simpson said. "It was really,
with a camp of really young. It was an exciting time. You
A Guy Caed others equally could see how something new was being
Gerald interested in mak- formed, and it was all happening totally
ing electronic underground. There would be these little
Blind Pig music. jungle raves going on all over England."
Tonight at 9:30 "I used to do From 1992 until 1995 when Simpson
what I'd call at the released "Black Secret Technology"jun-
time 'acid' which gle grew from its infantile status to a
was coming out of major musical movement in England.
Chicago, but it During this intermediary period, people
really wasn't that questioned if jungle was just a trend or if
popular. It was it was going to last. "You had these labels
really under- saying, 'Wellwe can't take you serious-
ground at that ly because there aren't any LP artists,"'
time so no one was really into it," Simpson explained.
Simpson said. Simpson's next project is to bridge the
At the same time that Simpson was gap between jungle music designed for
establishing himself as a solo artist with club play and jungle designed for home
his hit "Voodoo Ray," a song titled listening. "It's at the stage now where it
"Pacific State" that he'd written with the needs to move another shift. I'm working
group 808 State became a gigantic hit in on that. I do believe there has to be a way
the rave scene. With two big dance hits, to join the two together,"he said.
Simpson was signed to Columbia records In the meantime, those interested in
under the monikerA Guy Called Gerald. the current state of jungle music can
His first album "Automanikk" (1989) come witness Simpson's DJing skills as
ended up mixing many different musical he performs alongside local junglists
styles. 8en, Ronin and The Sound Odyssey
He left the major label and started his tonight at Solar.

* Lock, stock and a hot
Daily Arts will be giving
away t-shirts, hats, posters
and stickers from the new
British film "Lock, Stock,
and Two Smoking Barrels."
This English crime comedy,
the debut film by
writer/director Guy Ritchie,
stars Nick Moran, Jason
Flemyng, Jason Statham,
Dexter Fletcher and Sting
as cocks-of-the-walk in
London's east end. One of
the highest-grossing movies
in England, it was a hit at
the Sundance Film Festival.
In order to win a t-shirt or
hat, stop by the arts office
after 1 p.m. today and tell
us the name of two other
English movies with

unintelligible accents.
Even if you can't name two
movies, stop by the office
for a poster, sticker or free
pass to the film. The pass-
es are good for a special
showing tonight at 9:30
p.m. at the State Theater.
There are only a limited
number of passes and pro-
motional items, so come
early before we run out.

The public is cor'diallj invited to alleni a
reception honoring this years contributors to
The Michigan Daily Literarg Magazine,
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tomorrows paper.
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When: Friday, 7-9 p.m.
Come rub elbows with talented writers and
artists. Lefreshments will be served.

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