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In Brief

AGAINST LOVE: A POLEMIC Laura Kipnis Pantheon The title of the latest from cultural critic Laura Kipnis’s seems tactically misleading. Romantic love makes a juicy target for a would-be enfant terrible–the apparent ambition of a writer who opens her book with a “Reader’s Advisory” that warns us to “Please fasten your seatbelts: we are about […]

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In Print: Uncle Sam on the skids

Not long after John Lennon’s death in 1980, an earnest 16-year-old from LaGrange named Steve Darnall visited a local forum on gun control. While speaking to a woman legislator, Darnall began to cry, apologizing for becoming so emotional. The woman told him not to be embarrassed, because the world needs more people with strong feelings. […]

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In Print: murders with a familiar ring

Anyone who’s lived in a college dorm–especially a girls’ dorm–will recognize the backdrop of Edith Skom’s newest mystery, The Charles Dickens Murders. Set in the 1940s at the University of Chicago and in the present at “Midwestern University,” a college just outside Chicago (which is not necessarily a certain school in Evanston, Skom says coyly), […]

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Reader to Reader

I was mugged. All of a sudden, this five-foot-two chick was taking my wallet. Later, I couldn’t even tell the police what she had been wearing, but I remembered her voice, so deep and strange, sort of artificial. Or maybe it was my ears–my hearing may have been thrown off by the circumstances. I tried […]