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Hush Now

The controversy in Andersonville concerning A Taste of Heaven reminds me of the time I was visiting the Ukrainian Village neighborhood about a decade ago. I was walking around with a friend on a mild afternoon. The streets were quiet and neat, and as we started down one lined with two- and three-flat buildings we […]

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A Rock Moment

I am glad to hear so many of those Chicago “New Wave” rockers are still rocking (“Never Say Die” 2/25/2000). I was in the audience the night Desmond opened for John Cale at Gaspars (at West Armitage). Though ostensibly a Cale crowd, Desmond won the crowd. When he sang Barrett Strong’s “Money (That’s What I […]

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A Sunbather Speaks

I was sunbathing on the beach pier in Rogers Park when the confrontation between Craig Greenman and the beach mates developed (July 24). I had already that day gone for a couple of free-form style swims (about 50 yards each). I didn’t understand what the big deal was about. I got off my blanket and […]

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Ink in His Veins

By Peter Erickson Larry’s Comic Book Store smells of old paper. The ceiling paint is peeling in strips, the plaster’s falling down, the walls are dirty and cracked. There’s a lot of dust too, but complaining about that is like whining about the grease in a mechanic’s garage. Past magazine shelving, past open boxes of […]

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Tough Work

Being a pop music critic must be tough work, but Peter Margasak makes it look easy. I retract any accusation that this man is an art snob. He’s a little prolix and ultraistic, but he’s not an art snob. Thanks for the great review of the Undertones. Not overly verbose, it gets to the heart […]

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In Praise of Derf

In the July 29 issue of the Letters section, an editorial from Luis Perluna commented that Derf’s comic strip “The City” “achieves shameful new levels of stupidity, ignorance, and offensiveness.” I don’t know who Derf is, but I want to thank him personally for his hysterical point of view on modern living, as well as […]

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Martini Music

Peter Margasak’s review of Combustible Edison [Rock Etc., June 10] smacks of the purist’s dismissal. In fact, it was premeditated. He went to their Chicago debut with poison pen in hand, eyes closed and ears shut. His contention that lounge music “was never designed to be exciting in performance; it was background fodder, mood music” […]

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Surprise Endings

To the editors: In the front of the Reader [Hot Type, December 11] it’s surmised that the breakup of Harold Washington’s coalition can be linked directly to the late mayor’s overweight condition. It’s assumed that slim healthy-looking people don’t sometimes just drop dead. But they sadly do. At the back of the Reader, same issue […]