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Letter to the Editor

The last time that the Reader ran a story by Richard Meltzer, I dutifully tried to plow through it, with no success. Now I had the same experience with “The Wisdom in Our Underwear, Final Notes on the Only Century We Had Until Last Week (My Century, Your Century, Bobo Olson’s Century),” also by Meltzer […]

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That Word Again

peterson.qxd Post No Bills on January 23, 1998, opened with the following sentence: “‘When Mike Tyson hooked up with Robin Givens, most white folks figured, “They’re both niggers, that’s cool,”‘ says New York clarinetist, composer, and bandleader Don Byron.” I object to the language and the cynical, racist attitude implied by these words. If Americans […]

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More Movies: The final days of the 24th Chicago International Film Festival

The 24th Chicago International Film Festival, now into its final days, still has some 40-odd programs to go, reviews and descriptions of which can be found below. A few specifics: Screenings are at the Biograph, 2433 N. Lincoln; the Three Penny, 2424 N. Lincoln; the Music Box, 3733 N. Southport; and Ida Noyes Hall on […]

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A Sea of Celluloid: Our coverage of the 24th Chicago International Film Festival Continues

The 24th Chicago International Film Festival, now into its top-heavy second week, is offering 60-odd programs this week, reviews and descriptions of which can be found below. It’s particularly pleasing that the festival has managed to squeeze in filmmakers as important as Jean-Luc Godard and Raul Ruiz this week (although the latter is represented only […]

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Non-Stop (D.A.N.G.A.N. Runner)

A sharp and often funny film from Japan (1997) by first-time writer-director Sabu, about three losers fate brings together with disastrous results. A would-be bank robber forgets his mask on his first big heist, then screws up his attempt to shoplift one from a convenience store. The store’s clerk, a washed-up rock star, begins to […]