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An Original Godie

It’s about 1:30 PM and I’ve been riding the 151 bus up Michigan Avenue. It’s a warm afternoon and there’s only a small breeze. As I get off at Huron, I see this little old woman, wearing a gray dress, long to the knees with scallops at the hem. It’s old, tattered, open at the […]

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Field & Street

Somewhere east of Dune Acres, nestled among the high dunes that line the Indiana shore of Lake Michigan, is a piece of flat, sandy ground that holds the finest prairie remnant in the state. This 80-acre parcel is now a part of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. It has been officially named the Lois Howes […]

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Master of Madness

To the editors: Re: Henry Sheehan’s July 3 review of Full Metal Jacket. This is not in response to the review of the film itself, as I have not seen it, but to what he says in it. I don’t know if Henry Sheehan is playing the ultimate devil’s advocate or simply naive a la […]

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The Taming of the Shrew

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW Oak Park Festival Theatre I’ve never much liked The Taming of the Shrew. In fact, I’ve come close to loathing it at times, on political grounds. It struck me the way it strikes a lot of people–as a veritable festival of antifeminism. A nasty little gob of misogyny that, by […]

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Poetry Slam

Marc Smith had plenty on his mind. It was getting late and last week’s poetry champion, defender of the crown, was nowhere in sight. The Green Mill Lounge at Broadway and Lawrence (the former haunt of Al Capone, rumored to still have within its bowels a secret passageway to the neighboring Uptown Theatre) was filling […]

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Gurumayi Loves You

To the editors: This is a short response to Bonnie McGrath’s article on Gurumayi Chidvilasananda in the July 3rd issue of the Reader. Gurumayi opens each and every one of her talks as follows: “With great respect and love I welcome you all with all my heart . . . ” If a person comes […]

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Trip Shakespeare

I saw Trip Shakespeare live once. Two of the guys were wearing enormous angel wings strapped to their backs. And, if I remember right, the guitarist-singer in the middle was dancing around in a devil costume (red hood, horns, pointy tail) and sneering like a mischievous little kid. I couldn’t see the drummer too well–her […]

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Can’t Stop Beating on Jay

To the editors: We’d already been thoroughly impressed (I won’t say if favorably or unfavorably) by the erudition and “superiority” of the person who deplores the likes of WNIB’s Jay Andres. Then we have to hear from her again (July 3 issue). Just woh-i-nayle is she trying to prove? I have two-thirds of a probably […]

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A Sense of Chicago

To the editors: Thank you for a publication that gave me the greatest sense of how being in Chicago feels. You’ve been better at it than the Chicago Tribune or Chicago magazine for the five years I’ve been in the Navy. I look forward to picking up fresh copies of the Reader on Thursday nights […]