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by Inlander Staff & r & & r & Oh, Joy(stick)! & r & Video game reviews are back. Marty Demarest's new weekly column, "The Player," makes its worldwide debut right here (on page 33). Demarest, who wrote regularly for The Inlander while he worked for KPBX two years ago, has reported on the video game industry for NPR and is currently working on a book on the subject. You can also catch Demarest on KPBX; he's reading Road Song by EWU professor Natalie Kusz on "The Bookshelf," Mondays through Thursdays at 6:30 pm.

Lost Northern Highways & r & David Lynch (director of Blue Velvet and Twin Peaks, who was born 60 years ago in Missoula) is reportedly readying "an experimental, non-narrative" film for the Cannes Festival this May. It's called Inland Empire and concerns a woman who gets into mysterious trouble out east of L.A. -- you know, somewhere near those garden spots like Colton and Fontana. Location scouts with more savvy would've set the Lynchian creepiness in a more northerly Inland Empire. We're thinking Isabella Rossellini in Ritzville and Laura Dern in Dayton.

Fake Newsman & r & We love Comedy Central's The Daily Show -- and The Colbert Report's not bad either (even though that host is a bit of a blowhard). If you're like us, don't miss the chance to see Rob Corddry, one of The Daily Show's "correspondents" when he comes to the University of Idaho's SUB Ballroom in Moscow on Friday, March 31, at 7 pm. It's sure to be a pseudo-event not to be missed.

Shadow Fleeting & r & The Shadow won't play soccer in Spokane this year because the artificial turf at Joe Albi Stadium is unfit for athletic competition and liable to cause injuries. Boise keeps its stadium's turf blue and famous; we can't even keep ours maintained.

Precipice Beneath the Prattle & r & Ken Pickering, British playwright and scholar, will speak this evening, March 30, at 6:30 pm in the Barbieri Courtroom at the Gonzaga Law School, about developments in personal communication over the last 10 years and about Harold Pinter's recent Nobel Prize.

A Different Path & r & The Inland Northwest is known for having one of the largest multiple sclerosis populations in the nation. Last year, Elaine DeLack -- a nurse who has lived with MS for 18 years -- published They Said It Didn't Make "Cents": MS - The Prokarin Story, which details her efforts to bring the alternative treatment she uses to the attention of others with MS. DeLack will speak on "The Myths of Multiple Sclerosis" at St. Luke's, Room 200, on Thursday, April 6, at 6:30 pm. Call 535-7933.

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