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12 - The Michigan Daily - Monday, July 9, 2001

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ugh a car combat tournament known
as Twisted Metal. Some of the more
interesting characters include: Sweet
Tooth, the insane ice-cream truck
driver whose car transforms like
Optimus Prime; Mr. Grimm, a
crazed skeleton on a motorcycle;
and finally Billy Ray, a deformed
farmer who maliciously killed his
wife with garden tools. With the
large variety of characters to choose
from, the game has added replay
value. Not only is it fun to master
each driver, but also to see how each
characters story unfolds. But don't
expect to do this easily, as game is
one of the more challenging games
available on the Playstation 2.
While the story mode for each
character in "Black" is challenging
and intriguing, the hyped multi-
player mode leaves gamers wanting
more. This is because in two, three
and four player modes, there are no
extra opponents (i.e. "Perfect Dark).
As a result, many of the large arenas
become boring in death-match mode
with a lack of cars to blow up. Addi-

tionally the multi-player modes are
limited in the objectives, as each one
only requires that you blow away
your opponent. Additional modes
such as a capture the flag mode
could have done wonders to spice up
the play. Nevertheless, the game's
multi-player mode still is among the
best on the system along with titles
such as "Timesplitters," and this
winter it will only get better when it
will have an additional online mode
using the upcoming network adapter.
In the end, "Twisted Metal:
Black" is an outstanding addition to
the Playstation 2 lineup. The atmos-
phere, story and difficulty level will
leave most gamers satisfied for
months. One warning: Do not play
this game if you cannot handle
graphic violence and disturbing
images. If this is the case, stick with
the bear and squirrel games on the
Nintendo 64. As for those who have
a strong stomach, get ready for one
hell of a thrill ride, for like many of
the best games on the original
Playstation, "Twisted Metal: Black"
is geared toward a more mature

Wetherell's latest novel sheds
Slight on morning news shows

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By Laura LoGerfo
For the Daily
Before our generation met the lus-
trous good looks of Matt Lauer and
the perkiness that defines Katie
Couric, our parents and grandpar-
ents knew Dave Garroway, the first
host of television's most popular
morning show.
"Morning," the
latest offering
Morning from acclaimed
author W. D.
W.D. Wetherell Wetherell, win-
Grade: B ner of two
Pantheon Books N.E.A. fellow-
ships, two O.
Henry Awards
and a host of
other literary
prizes, inter-
twines three sto-
rylines around a figure who
uncannily resembles Mr. Garroway,
on a show that most readers will
recognize as a fictionalized incarna-
tion of the beloved progenitor to the
Today show.
We first meet the charming Alec
McGowan, the analog to Dave Gar-
roway, through the eyes of his biog-
rapher, Alec Brown. As McGowan
invented a signature sign-off to
every episode of the Morning show,
outstretching a palm while gravely
invoking the word "truth," Brown
struggles to learn the truth behind
the birth and death of McGowan and
his landmark show. The motive
behind Brown's need to understand
McGowan rustles in the leaves of
his family tree; Brown is the son of
McGowan's sidekick an Andy
Richter type with a more overty oit-
ter attitude, who murdered
McGowan while on the air.
Brown's merciless quest for any
information regarding the television
show threatens to alienate his fami-
ly. However, his pursuit of the truth
behind McGowan's celebrity eventu-
ally renews his familial relation-
ships, particularly with his father. In
electing to write a biography of
McGowan and not of his father,
Brown essentially rejected his
father's existence. When his father is
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released from prison and to his cus-
tody, Brown can no longer ignore
the man, and his father's frailty and
vulnerability elicits a protective
instinct in him. After redeeming
himself through accepting his father
finally as a paternal figure, worthy
of his love, Brown is rewarded. The
prodigal son receives a videotape in
the mail from a heretofore reluctant
informant that illuminates the leg-
end of McGowan, his father and
"Morning." A videotape that
redeems his father.
Wetherell alternates the charac-
ters' perspectives and the three pri-
mary storylines so seamlessly that
passages often feel dreamy. For a
moment, we stumble with Alec
Brown through the muddy process
of capturing a man's life and work
on mere paper. Then in the next
instant, we accompany Alec
McGowan as his bike glides along
bucolic grassy meadows fifty years
earlier as he spies the woman who
will affect his life and America's
cultural history irrevocably. The
next page lands us in the midst of
McGowan and his producer's first
meeting to plan the format of the
morning show.
This interweaving of storylines
reflects the author's obvious talent
in manipulating ideas and keeping
his audience's attention, but also
leads to occasional confusion. While
Wetherell successfully draws the
reader's interest, he loses the narra-
tor's voice (or the voice of the pri-
mary character in a particular
passage) in a cacophony of verbose
descriptive paragraphs and eloquent
monologues about television's
impact on toe American identity.
Too frequently, twists in the plotline
briefly appear, ones that might prove
interesting if granted space and time
to mature but they are disregarded in
favor of these lengthy tangents.
The most engaging aspects of the
novel involve the creation of the
first morning show. The extent to
which this novel represents reality
remains a mystery, yet the fun lies in
hypothesizing how the director and
host developed trademarks of the
morning show, now familiar to us


all: The large window to the c
street beyond the studio (a carpe:
happened to pull a dusty shade
the back wall of the studio desig
ed for the fledgling production)-
hordes of fawning fans waving 4
lettered with messages to friend
home (on the day before filming
curious businessman pressed
nose to the glass, and the i
stuck); and the rotund, comi
weatherman-cum-sidekick (an o
pation for a bored friend of
These passages represent what
know of the Today show so cle
and the groundbreaking decisi
about the format seem so convi4
that the distinction between fact
fiction all but disappears. This r
qualify the author as a good stc
teller and thorough historian, ye
occasionally slips. Artfully cra:
sentences are interrupted abrul
by crude profanity, jarring
story's flow. Though we learn at
McGowan's life through the biol
pher's perspective, the novel'q
max dismisses this mechan
without explanation. But for
most part, Wetherell writes c
quently, infusing scenes with s
extensive detail that images eme
as crisply as though conve
through the medium of televis

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