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My piano teacher told me a story of trying to buy sheet music at the Old Town School store. When she mentioned that she needed it to work on parodies (she helps improv troupes), the clerk got all huffy, saying that it was an insult and a rip-off to hardworking musical artists and he himself […]

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Film Center Folly

Letters to the editor: Thanks to Patrick McGavin and the Reader for at least raising an eyebrow over the folly of attaching Gene Siskel’s name to the Film Center [July 14]. Aghast would have been a more appropriate response, especially from the paper and the very Hot Type column McGavin was writing for that once […]

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A woman and I were waiting for an elevator on the 24th floor of a downtown building when a bicycle messenger came bustling around a corner whistling some tune. “It’s nice to hear someone whistling,” the woman said to him. “I certainly don’t feel like it.” “Having a bad day?” the messenger asked. “I hate […]

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A husky, somewhat disheveled older man took the last stool at the counter of a small diner near the Greyhound bus station. Beside him sat two gray-haired ladies with suitcases at their feet. He ordered a coffee. After a minute or two, the woman next to him turned and asked, “What do you do for […]

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Two of us had been waiting with increasing impatience for an elevator on the 15th floor of an older downtown building. When it finally arrived, a bicycle messenger burst out. We stepped into the empty elevator and were taken up rather than down, as someone had punched the button for the 18th (and top) floor. […]

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Urban Heroes

To the editors: [Re: Neighborhood News, August 14] What’s all this fuss about taming bicycle messengers? True they may seem reckless at times and give a fright or two, but rather than reviling them, they ought to be celebrated. They may well be the hardest working and most courageous workers in the city. For eight […]

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Space Available

To the editors: Congratulations and thanks to the Reader and Charlie Custer for the fascinating cover story on Swedenborg [January 24]. The Reader once again distinguishes itself for giving space to a most unlikely yet surprisingly relevant subject. And Mr. Custer is to be commended for enlivening a seemingly dry story with his extensive and […]