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1997 Stories by Barry Graham

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  • Let Nothing You Dismay

    published December 25, 1997

    And Jesus was a sailor When he walked upon the water And he spent a long time watching From his lonely wooden tower ... More >>

  • The Fury of Kathy Acker

    published December 18, 1997

    On November 30, a 53-year-old American woman died a cruel death in a Tijuana, Mexico, hospital. Her death has gone largely unremarked upon by the... More >>

  • The Prying Game

    published December 11, 1997

    America was once a country that had something called the Bill of Rights. Now it's a country where you have to piss in a cup to get a menial job,... More >>

  • The Secret Police

    published December 4, 1997

    Why are public records called public records? Because they belong to the public. And if you think that's an obvious answer, you haven't had to... More >>

  • Scottsdale's Most Wanted

    published November 27, 1997

    Two weeks ago in this space, I reported a display of brutality by two Scottsdale police officers who entered a home and assaulted two... More >>

  • Officer Fiendly

    published November 13, 1997

    Several months ago, after writing a column about a black motorist who claimed he had been harassed by two Scottsdale police officers, I received a... More >>

  • Waiter, There's a Lie in My Soup

    published November 6, 1997

    October 28 at Che Bella restaurant in Phoenix's Biltmore Fashion Park. It's "celebrity waiter" night, to benefit children's charities. When I get... More >>

  • Joe, Jane & John

    published October 30, 1997

    Early Saturday evening, and three New Times staffers are having a meeting. Tony Ortega, Chris Farnsworth and myself sit in Ortega's living room... More >>

  • The Reporter As Lyricist

    published October 23, 1997

    I know a man who, at the end of letters, signs off with the words "Bowden for President." He's talking about Tucson-based author Charles Bowden.... More >>

  • The Gay Nineties

    published October 16, 1997

    Saturday, October 11. Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement. It's also this year's National Coming Out Day, though the two aren't related as far... More >>

  • Southwestern Gothic

    published October 9, 1997

    Unlike Bobby Cooper, I haven't had two of my fingers cut off. And I'm not driving a red '64 Mustang that's about to blow a hose. But, like the... More >>

  • In a World of Hurst

    published October 2, 1997

    Imagine this: The person you love has AIDS. He's also in prison for theft. They're not going to let him out, even though the person he... More >>

  • Auction Figures

    published September 25, 1997

    Early Sunday afternoon, Phoenix. The real world is the same as ever. On the west side, a woman I know comes home from work and finds that someone... More >>

  • Crybabies

    published September 18, 1997

    Ma Teresa's joined the mob Unhappy with her full-time job. --Primitive Radio Gods Two weeks ago, this column examined the mass... More >>

  • Day of Reckoning

    published September 11, 1997

    We've been fretting for nearly a week, waiting for a verdict that never came. Now it's late on Wednesday morning, and without warning it's... More >>

  • Absence of Palace

    published September 4, 1997

    This column is about the death of a 36-year-old woman, white, divorced, with two kids and no financial problems but plenty of emotional ones. ... More >>

  • Citizen Celeste

    published August 28, 1997

    One of the hippest magazines in Britain is The Big Issue. It mixes news features with coverage of sport and the arts, and reviews of local events.... More >>

  • Assailing

    published August 21, 1997

    Getting shot is a great career move for a politician. Especially if the shooting isn't fatal. As Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox lay... More >>

  • Snoop Doggy Dogma

    published August 14, 1997

    Bow-wow-wow, yipee-o, yipee-ay, Doggy Dogg's in the motherfuckin' house. --Dr. Dre, The Chronic The problem with Desert Sky... More >>

  • Carbajal of Fame

    published August 7, 1997

    When you talk about Phoenix to people from other states, they mention the heat, the mistreatment of prisoners in Joe Arpaio's gulag, and, maybe,... More >>

  • Les Go, Mercury

    published July 31, 1997

    It's not hard to see why basketball has caught on the way it has. Unlike baseball, it's fast-paced and easy to follow, even if you don't... More >>

  • Ambulance Chasteners

    published July 24, 1997

    Imagine it, the worst possible scenario: You're having a heart attack, your breath stopping, the life trying to escape from your body. Or you're a... More >>

  • Glove Story

    published July 10, 1997

    Round three, and Tyson bites off a chunk of the guy's ear. Nobody can say for sure why he does it. In boxing, nobody can be sure of anything other... More >>

  • Driving While Black

    published July 3, 1997

    I am a person with an attitude problem. I don't like authority. I don't respect uniforms of any kind. In particular, I don't like people who think... More >>

  • Going Postal

    published June 26, 1997

    Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed round. --U.S. Postal... More >>

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