Ten Years Ago in City Paper: Feb. 20, 2002

Afefe Tyehimba's feature gets up close and personal with spoken-word poet

, and provides a


of her work. In Mobtown Beat: Van Smith explains how the debate over

is focused on the 2001 Howard Street tunnel fire and a 1998 missile-strike test at Aberdeen Proving Ground; Brennen Jensen details efforts to

; and Molly Rath reports on the closure of

for health-code violations. Charles Cohen's Charmed Life revisits


has letters from Sharon Wright, Steven Scott, Anne Outwater, David Stepalovitch, and John Simmons. The columns are: Sandy Asirvatham's Underwhelmed, on

, a book by Frank Wilson; Mink Stole's Think Mink, on

; Wiley Hall III's Urban Rhythms, on

; and Tom Scocca's 8 Upper, on

. Scocca & MacLeod's proto-blog,

, reads the comics so you don't have to. In Books, Frank Diller falls for Richard Ford's short-story collection,

. Art is Mike Giuliano, basking in

at the Baltimore Museum of Art and checking out a retrospective exhibit of

at School 33 Art Center; and John Barry, on


at Paper Rock Scissors. Bones is Barbara Cutko's poem,

. In Stage, Brennen Jensen has a crush on Theatre Hopkins' production of

, by Vera Caspary and George Sklar. Michaelangelo Matos' Music essay beats up on

. Bret McCabe's No Cover profiles

. In Film: Lee Gardner reveres

; Ian Grey explores

, savages

, and bows before

; Adele Marley can't forget

; and Joe MacLeod takes a hearty poop on

. Michelle Gienow's Dish digs