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Reader to Reader

During a cigarette break outside my Loop office building, I noticed a stooped old man standing about three yards downwind from me. He leaned heavily on his cane, but managed to straighten up to meet my periodic exhalations of smoke. He awkwardly gulped at the smoke, open-mouthed, like a goldfish sucking bubbles from the waterline […]

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Negativille

To the editors: Critic /’krit.ik/ n. 1: one skilled in judging literary or artistic works. 2: one inclined to find fault.–Merriam-Webster Dictionary, 42ed. Does Bill Wyman like anything at all about the music on which he is supposedly an authority? In all the years that I’ve been reading his column in the paper, I have […]

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Separated at Birth?

To the editors: Separated at birth. The similarities are just too striking to be coincidental. Both men play a major role in successfully established Chicago-based business ventures (one–journalistic, the other–in the hospitality industry). Each has had to gain support for his latest undertaking from some of the chief movers and shakers of the downtown business […]