Tom Chalkley's feature profiles, explaining its dogged optimism in the face of crippling irrelevance, along with its strong civil-rights history. In Mobtown Beat, Afefe Tyehimba reports on's ongoing alternative-education efforts. Brennen Jensen's Charmed Life goes to, a surplus building-supplies distributor.has letters from Medina Krause and Rose Ferrandi. The columns are: Sandy Asirvatham's Underwhelmed, on; Mink Stole's Think Mink, on; and Wiley Hall III's Urban Rhythms, on. Scocca & MacLeod's proto-blog,, reads the comics so you don't have to. In Books, Michael Anft delves into the consumption junction chronicled in James B. Twitchell'sLiving It Upand Gary Cross'An All-Consuming Century. Imprints is: Heather Joslyn, liking the authenticity of the characters in Erika Krouse's short-story collection,; Mahinder Kingra, feeling tricked by Jose Carlos Somoza's novel,The Athenian Murders; and Rupert Wondowski, chilled by Dennis Cooper's novel,My Loose Thread. Bones is Karen M. Keen's poem,. In The Arts, Natalie Davis weighs the stakes for. John Barry's Stage tips a hat to Paragon Theatre's production of Ken Ludwig'sLend Me a Tenor. In Music, Bret McCabe mediates. Geoffrey Himes' No Cover finds's sampling "ingenious." In Film: Adele Marley callsThe Dangerous Lives of Altar Boysa "bummer" andThe Mystic Masseur"boring"; and Eric Allen Hatch saysThe Bourne Identity"thoroughly mediocre" andDetoura "film-noir classic." Michelle Gienow's Dish finds thathas good food at an avoidable price: extremely slow service. In Cheap Eats, Christopher Skokna sayshas a good meatball sub, but that's about it.