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October 27, 2004
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TEE HOTTEST PICKS IN ENTERTAINMENT
FROM A DAILY ARTS WRITER

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"The Last Season: A Team in Search of Its Soul" by Phil Jackson
- Four months removed from his team's defeat in the NBA Finals, for-
mer Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson now reveals all in his new
book. Chronicling the 2003-04 season, Jackson explains the hardships
of coaching four Hall of Fame players and throws in plenty of jabs at
Kobe Bryant for good measure. The fun never stops.

My Halloween Costume - After dressing up as a woman for Hal-
loween last year, it was time for a change. This year, I chose to com-
bine my name ("Doug") and my occupation ("Superhero") to create an
ideal costume. The result? Quailman. Where's Patti Mayonnaise?
FOX TV on Nov. 7 - Dubbed "Season Premiere Sunday," FOX
3 brings back four of its most popular shows in one night and caps it off
with the series premiere of "My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss." Since that
pesky World Series will be over, don't miss "The Simpsons Treehouse
of Horrors" to kick of the show's 16th season, as well as the return of
the Emmy-Award winning "Arrested Development."

Courtesy of
Damaged Goods
"Unlike Ash-
lee Simp-
son, I don't
lip synch."

RAY OF LIGHT
HOLLY GOLJGHTLY EXPLORES VINTAGE SOUNDS ON NEW LP

By Jerry Gordinier
Daily Arts Writer

Miss the warmth of Light-Bright? Had trouble
parting with Pogs? It's simple: Everyone loves
vintage. Scouring the local Salvation Army for a
Grateful Dead tie-dye or spending an excessive
amount of money acquiring
a gloomy gray Nintendo, the
truth becomes apparent: Some Holly
things are timeless. Among Golightly
these things is the bitter sweet Slowly But Surely
crooning of Holly Golightly.
Holly Golightly walked Damaged Goods
onto the scene in 1991 to
found the all-girl garage band Thee Headcoastees,
a Billy Childish splinter group. Going solo in 1995,
her work found little commercial success: often
heard of, but rarely heard. It wasn't until 2003 that
Golightly had her first taste of recognition, col-

laborating with long-time friends Jack and Meg
White to produce the warm and fuzzy closer to
The White Stripes' Elephant, "It's True That We
Love One Another." This bit of fate brought much
acclaim to Golightly's July 2003 release, Truly She
Is None Other.
With her latest album, aptly titled Slowly But
Surely, Golightly proves herself worthy of hype.
The cover of the album portrays a worn and weary
Depression-era dance marathon with Holly staring
out from the shoulder of some faceless suit, com-
pletely exhausted yet wholly content. Her sweet red
lips seem to be hiding a secret.
There is a haunting quality to Golightly's voice
as she professes on the opening track "Your love is
a lie / And you love a liar / The seat where you sat /
Has gone on the fire." Production is absent, giving
way to a lullaby's standing bass line, minimalist
guitar progressions and hushed drum work. Holly
resonates against the walls of a long-gone lounge,
singing with a limitless timbre and echoic quality
that cut straight to the listener's soul. Golightly

embraces her simplicity, mournfully taking the lis-
tener back to that Depression-era clarity and heart-
wrenching plainness.
On the "The Luckiest Girl," Golightly takes the
listener forward into a psychedelic '70s-era freak-
out. Don't be alarmed if you feel a little high as
you fall victim to disorienting sitar riff and a busy
organist hammering the pipes. Even here, however,
Golightly delivers a bitter message: "Every time,
I find, I see a different kind / Of misery seeping
through the wall / And I get to thinking how do you
live this lie / And I do believe you live them all."
There is a definite coherency to Slowly But Sure-
ly. Golightly dabbles into many genres and sounds,
but never strays from her unpretentious elegance.
Driving along, flipping through the radio, it would
be pretty hard to put a date on this sensual album.
This won't be a problem, however. In the fast-paced
world of indie and irony and sound bites and Top-
50 lists, there's no time for a break, no place for
silence as sound. Golightly won't be on the radio
any day soon. She's from a time that's passed.

"The Incredibles" - Pixar Animation, the
genius behind such hits as "Finding Nemo" and
"Toy Story," is at it again. Still teaming with
Disney, its latest release "The Incrdibles"
hits theaters Nov. 6 and, no pun intended,
looks incredible. Telling the story of an
over-the-hill superhero getting one
last shot at saving the day and featur-
ing the voice of Samuel L. Jackson,
"The Incredibles" looks like a defi-
nite fall hit.
"Lost" - While the idea of people stranded
on an island seems played out, "Lost" takes
the concept to a whole new level. The ABC
drama develops characters brilliantly, reveal-
ing the character's dark secrets and constantly
keeping viewers off-balance. Fear of the island
and tension among the group members is
slowly building, and the result is one heart- 4
pounding hour of television.

Courtesy of Pixar

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tacks Kerry's Vietnam record

ry's character by
showing him as
deceitful, unpa- Unfit for
triotic and overly Command
ambitious.
Authors Jerome By John E. O'Neill
Corsi and John and Jeroe
R. Corsi
O'Neill seek to
demonstrate that rnry Pbihn
Kerry is "Unfit
for Command"
or not qualified to be commander-
in-chief, with two main arguments.
First, the book attacks Kerry's mili-
tary record. For example, Corsi and
O'Neill contest the merit of Kerry's
service in Vietnam by attributing
his medals to false claims of brav-
ery and self-inflicted injury. The
book's second point is that Kerry's
protest of the Vietnam war was det-
rimental to the American war effort
and worked to spread communism in
Vietnam. The book has nothing nice
to say about Kerry, except that he is
a skilled debater.
Corsi and O'Neill mostly use the
testimonies of Vietnam veterans to
dispute the stories in Kerry's biog-

the Vietnam War. It seems almost
natural that he would disapprove of
Kerry, who was an outspoken leader
of the Vietnam Veterans Against
the War and whose testimony in
front of the Fulbright Commit-
tee claimed that American soldiers
were committing war crimes in
Vietnam. There are moments in
the book when it appears that the
authors let their individual feelings
about the Vietnam War interfere in
their analysis of Kerry's ability to
be president. O'Neill seems to take
personally Kerry's charge of Ameri-
can war crimes in Vietnam, and the
author appears overzealous in criti-
cizing Kerry.
Nevertheless, O'Neill served
on the same Swift boat as Kerry
after the senator departed, which
lends a certain level of authority
to O'Neill's claims. Regardless of
whether you believe the criticisms
and negative portrayals of Kerry in
this book, the strong sense of Viet-
nam veterans' disapproval of Kerry
cannot be denied. The appendix at
the end of the book includes a let-
ter signed by 200 of the Swift boat
veterans from Kerry's unit. This
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raphy about his service in Vietnam.
They describe a strong disapproval
of Kerry by American Veterans.
Many of the quotations come from
men that have served in Kerry's unit
or held distinguished military rank.
Sometimes the book shows
extreme bias, understandable con-
sidering that O'Neill is a both a
strong supporter and veteran of

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