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Mayor Buckwheat

To the editors: Thank you for the informative articles about the mayoral candidacy of Thomas Hynes (“Mr. Clean, Mr. Machine,” April 3). The critical assessment portion was especially appreciated and belongs right up there with similar Reader pieces about Jane Byrne and Ed Vrdolyak. I eagerly await the long-delayed critical assessment of the Big Buckwheat […]

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The Trade of Tricks

WORKING GIRLS *** (A must-see) Directed by Lizzie Borden Written by Borden and Sandra Kay With Louise Smith, Ellen McElduff, and Amanda Goodwin. In the history of houses that ain’t exactly homes, Sydney Biddle Barrows, the upper-crust “Mayflower Madam” busted late last year, hardly will rank among the more colorful housekeepers. But the intriguing feature […]

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Put Your Mortgage Where Your Mouth Is

To the editors: Re: John Holden’s coverage of Guaranteed Home Equity Programs in the Neighborhood News column on March 20, 1987. The rapid racial resegregation that occurred in many Chicago neighborhoods in the 1960s and ’70s has slowed in the 1980s. It has slowed because economic conditions until quite recently made it more difficult for […]

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The Straight Dope

A couple years ago a friend of mine who owns a small recording studio mentioned that a client wanted to record a bunch of different subliminal messages on separate tracks and then mix them all down into one hodgepodge under ocean waves or some other masking sound. The idea was that the unconscious mind could […]

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Regular Democrats

To the editors: The question asked in the subheadline of February 20th’s issue — “Rate the Records — Each Candidate Has Served One Term — Which One Deserves Another?” This is similar to asking which do you prefer, white refined sugar which makes you sick then makes your teeth rot or a nice heaping tablespoon […]

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The City File

My compliments to the microcircuitry of the chef. University of Chicago computer scientist Kristian Hammond has developed a computer program, CHEF, that can learn from its mistakes. “One of the recipes it created was a beef and broccoli stir-fry,” he says. “But if you cook broccoli with beef, the juice from the meat makes the […]

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Department of Biased Drivel

To the editors: I have just finished reading Mr. Gary Rivlin’s and Mr. James Tuohy’s articles about Tom Hynes [April 3]. It is both sad and disgusting to see such biased drivel trying to drape itself around the word “journalism.” You and your newspaper should stick to subjects for which you have a particular insight–like […]

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Tom, Jane, and Harold

To the editors: I’ve finally been frustrated enough by your biased and inept reporting to express my own myopic views. In your lead article “Rate the Records: Each Candidate Has Served One Term. Which Deserves Another?” [February 20], you ask the wrong question. Does either candidate deserve another? No, not really. The point, however, is […]

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Killing Game

KILLING GAME Alliance Theatre Company at Igloo, the Theatrical Group Eugene Ionesco’s Killing Game seems to be a brilliant metaphor for the AIDS epidemic. This was not what the playwright intended, of course — the play was first produced in 1970. But if I had wandered into the theater without knowing who wrote this play, […]

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A Yuppie Saved

BLIND DATE **** (Masterpiece) Directed by Blake Edwards Written by Dale Launer Starring Bruce Willis, Kim Basinger, John Larroquette, William Daniels, George Coe, Mark Blum, Phil Hartman, Stephanie Faracy, and Graham Stark. Blake Edwards’s last few films — The Man Who Loved Women (1983), Micki and Maude (1984), A Fine Mess, and That’s Life! (both […]

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Los Lobos–By the Light of the Moon

BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON Los Lobos Slash/Warner Bros. 25523-1 It is late at night, let’s say. The house is as quiet as a moonlit field, but the mind is full of commotion; it’s an ornery, unsatisfied old cuss, and it’s used to its freedom, including the freedom to move about, which has nothing […]

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Man and Superman

MAN AND SUPERMAN Body Politic Theatre Of all human struggles there is none so treacherous and remorseless as the struggle between the artist man and the mother woman. Which shall use up the other? That is the issue between them. And it is all the deadlier because, in your romanticist cant, they love one another. […]

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One Heck of a Cook

Don Rose was upset. One of Chicago’s most authentic Italian chefs had been arrested in connection with a dozen murders in Italy and Rose never got to try his food. Chicago Sun-Times critic Pat Bruno gave the chef’s cooking at the Bravissimo restaurant three and a half stars. The insalata di mare “sang with scintillating […]