The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 6, 1996 · Page 58
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 58

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, October 6, 1996
Page 58
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THE books Two tomes with different approaches to history, new in stores this week: • Noise From the Underground: A Secret History of Alternative Rock (SIMON & SCHUSTER, S25). Though many of the music's fans and bands now reject the label "alternative," the music popularized by the late Kurt Cobain and Nirvana (whose new live album is in stores this week) is distinctly unlike the rock of other eras. This book attempts to capture the "why" of it. • Tlie Illustrated Brief History of Time (BANTAM BOOKS, $37.50). Now, finally, a book by award-winning physicist Stephen Hawking that millions will not only buy, but also read. Already considered accessible when compared to other scientists, Hawking really brings it down to the easiest level of understanding with this picture-driven book. Plus, it's just fun to watch anyone try to illustrate concepts like the Uncertainty Principle. new on video: Toy Story (6) plot: The battle between two toys—Woody, an old cowboy, and Buzz Ugntyear, a spaceman—for the heart of a 6-year-old boy, Andy. Other toys choose sides. All hope to avoid felling prey to Andy's sick neighbor. ' the ioods:Acredits-to-creditsjoyTide. '-, \' new on video: Tw/ster (PG-13) t ''•' ',\: " plot: Emmy .winner Helen HuntaridBill Paxton are tomatlo chasers on, But who cares? Tornadoes are ripping up ttw countryside! ,, ^ the goods: The twisters are the stars in thte one. Gary EJwes is pretty good as the underhanded rival tornado investigator. George and Abe can have their Presidents Day — Franklin Delano Roosevelt has become the first president to get a month in his honor. President Clinton has proclaimed October Roosevelt History Month, following a unanimous resolution passed in the Senate last year. This Saturday, a statue of FDR's wife, Eleanor, is unveiled in New York; on Wednesday there will be a symposium on the legacy of the New Deal at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. Peter Kovler, a D.C. businessman, came up with the idea after reading surveys that showed a large swath of young Americans were unfamiliar with the particulars of the Great Depression and World War II. "The young people know very little about what the older people are talking about," he sighs. It's taken him two years and more than 1,000 telephone calls to get big-name Americans and senators to sign on. One of the most anticipated -•" •"•* - CD-ROMs is this week's Rama (SIERRA, $59.95), based on the best- selling science fiction series by Arthur C. Clarke and Gentry Lee. Plot: Two hundred years hence, several astronauts, on behalf of humankind, try to communicate with an alien species aboard a living starship, Rama. The aliens, who look something like metallic spiders, communicate in colors; players must learn a fairly complex color code in order to accomplish anything. Boasting impressive graphics, Rama is as much puzzle as action, ca By Myron B. Pitts Comments to The Week,' 1000 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va. 22229-0012; e-mail: <, T £ £. ^•.^ It'll blow you away TWISTER. .Buy it for your video collection at a great low price. »•<• tf? 19SJ6 Waiiwr B(us

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