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Playing Make-Believe

Pleasant T. Rowland was frustrated. Shopping for a gift for a niece, she was dismayed by the neon frenzy and hype of Barbie dolls and Cabbage Patch Kids. In 1986, Rowland, a former schoolteacher and TV reporter, fought back. She founded the Pleasant Company in Middleton, Wisconsin, to produce a line of historical novels and […]

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Eclipsed

Eclipsed Last week in these pages I praised Eclipse Theatre’s revival of Jean Cocteau’s The Infernal Machine. Sadly, the show was shut down–or rather, burned out–last weekend. A July 4 fire in the basement of the storefront theater at Leavitt and Charleston destroyed the company’s costumes, while the tiny street-level playing area sustained heavy smoke […]

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Lit and Litter

So you were expecting maybe books at a booksellers convention? Not a bad guess, but at BookExpo ’97, held last weekend at McCormick Place, it seemed books were about the last things on anybody’s mind. It was easier to track down a Bible word search, a set of bongo drums, or a Judy Garland charm […]