Jeff Giles

The Wild Blue Yonder

SO DON IMUS'S WIFE, DEIRDRE, WALKS into a bookstore in Connecticut. She pokes around in the back room. She picks up a copy of-lane Mendelsohn's slim first novel, "I Was Amelia Earhart." Deirdre's never heard of it - nobody has - but she's intrigued by the title, so she buys it.

Anticipating The Joys Of Summer

MAKING A SUMMER MOVIE is like accepting a mission impossible: your enemies are everywhere, and if you fail the studio's never heard of you. This summer will be perilously packed with blockbusters, unlike last summer when we just sat around waiting to see if "Waterworld" sucked.

Family Affair

NO MATTER HOW LOUD THE crowd screams, Yoko Ono can scream louder. It's a Wednesday night at a sweltering sliver of a club called the Knitting Factory, in New York.

Crooks And Schnooks

IT'S BEEN SAID THAT GENERATION X should get a life. Well, in Bottle Rocket they get a life of crime. Or at least try. Twenty-six-year-old Wes Anderson's weird and exuberant debut concerns Dignan (Owen C.

Tori The Subversive

SOMEDAY THE PEOPLE WHO WORSHIP Tori Amos are going to meet up with the people who hate Tori Amos, and blood will be shed. Amos was an instant semi-star in 1992, emoting about sex and religion, giving loopy interviews, tossing her red hair and bucking on her piano stool as if riding a mechanical bull.

Tarantino Is Undead

SUDDENLY THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO think Quentin Tarantino's an idiot. The argument runs as follows. After making two revelatory movies, "Reservoir Dogs" and "Pulp Fiction," the director became giddy with fame and began fan-eying himself an actor.

Hollywood's Terrible Twosome

Don Simpson remembers the first time he ever threw a fit and demanded a new ending for a movie. He was 5. Simpson's mother had taken him to see "The Greatest Show on Earth," and he was spellbound-at least until the cops dragged off the clown played by Jimmy Stewart.

Jimi, Rest In Peace

Al Hendrix is crying over little Jimi. It's a drizzling day in a Seattle suburb. The late guitarist's father, 74, is sitting at home on a ratty sofa, cradling a Persian cat.

He's A Smooth Operator

Babyface is in love again. It's new Year's Eve at Madison Square Garden, and he's pulled a woman out of the audience to romance her with one of his bedroom-eyes ballads: "I'll buy your clothes, pay your rent, cook your dinner too." Soon, Babyface hands the woman $500 in cash, saying, "This is for every man that's ever treated you wrong." Then he falls to his knees.

The Moon And The Stars

Sharon Stone has made a fortune from her movies, so who says you can't get something for nothing? Warner Brothers recently approached the actress to play the scheming mistress in a remake of the French thriller ""Diabolique.'' Stone was coming off two miserable bombs, ""Sliver'' and ""Intersection.'' So she did what any shrewd Hollywood player would do: she raised her asking price.

Here, There And Everywhere

It's a gray, indifferent tuesday at the BBC studios in the Maida Vale section of London. EMI Records has called a press conference to announce the release of ""Live at the BBC,'' a two-disc highlights compilation of radio concerts the Beatles recorded in the early '60s.

He's In The Army Now

Tobias Wolff is a hell of a writer, but you knew that already. His first memoir, ""This Boy's Life,'' was a Huck Finn story set in the Eisenhower era -- a story so rich and wounding that not even Hollywood could make a bad movie out of it.

Everybody Hurts Sometime

The instant the questions get personal Michael Stipe gets up to leave the room. "I need a match," he says, waving a cigarette he's just rolled on his lap. "I'm not stalling." A year ago, he might not have come back.

We're All For Fall

Now that it's fall, we could tell you all about the crisp snap in the air, the stark quality of the light, the inexorable cycle of the seasons -- but what is this, the Weather Channel?

The Poet Of Alienation

HE'D COME TO INSTALL AN alarm system. The irony is that long before electrician Gary Smith found Kurt Cobain's body, it was clear that what Nirvana's singer really needed protection from was himself.

For Better Or Worse

YOKO ONO TOOK AS MUCH AS SHE could take, and then she took some more. "I can take hatred, because I don't believe that people are capable of real hate," she wrote in 1973. "We are too lonely for that.

She's Stirred, Not Shaken

SAM PHILLIPS MAKES BETTER POP ALBUMS than anyone-at least anyone who insists she's a dentist. "I don't know how to describe my music," Phillips was explaining, over lunch in Austin, Texas. "I just tell people I'm a dentist, and that shuts them up.

'Best-Known Unknown'

In 1985, Harvard senior Conan O'Brien told his college paper, "The perfect world would be where 'The Conan O'Brien Show' would be on, and you'd be reading my short story somewhere and wearing my designer jeans." Last week O'Brien, 30, was granted one wish.

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