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Judge Bogeyman

To the editors: [Re: “The Law: People v. Robert Bork,” August 14] In their eagerness to defeat the Bork nomination, the Left makes much of the claim that Judge Bork’s confirmation will give the Supreme Court a conservative majority for at least the next generation. While many conservatives may hope for such an outcome, the […]

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Field & Street

Everybody in our family–even the dog–has been stung by a yellow jacket in the past few weeks. They are everywhere, not just in parks and backyards but on busy streets as well. You stop for a light on, say, Lincoln Avenue, and a yellow jacket flies through the window of your car and starts buzzing […]

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Men

To the editors: It is such a relief when articles like Jackie Stevens’s “The Sexes: When a Man Kills a Woman” [August 28] are actually published–one can breathe an ephemeral sigh thinking that perhaps not all media is censored. Over and again, it surprises me when misogyny is not recognized as such, even when it […]

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Burning Desire

To the editors: I often thought about being cremated, but the guilt of cremation was placed upon me after a vacation visit to El Paso. One hot summer night, sitting on a milk crate reminiscing with my dad, I shared this thought. To my surprise he was totally against it, stating, “It’s against the Catholic […]

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West Side Fantasies

To the editors: I am writing in response to your article on the proposed west-side stadium [Neighborhood News, August 28]. If the poor people on the west side think for one minute that they are going to benefit from the building of a new stadium, they are more foolish than the Indians who sold Manhattan. […]

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Blue collars among the blue bloods: a history of Highwood, the North Shore’s island of Italian immigrants

Highwood was the little town just across the train tracks, but for Margot McMahon and the other kids growing up in Lake Forest, it might as well have been on the other side of the world. Working-class Italians lived there, that much McMahon knew, like the grandparents of Adria Bernardi, her grammar school classmate. And […]

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Naked Spaces–Living Is Round

Significantly, when Vietnamese filmmaker Trinh T. Minh-ha gives herself a director’s credit in her remarkable meditation on West African life and architecture, she places an X over the word “directed.” Why? Because a central aspect of her project is the dislocation of the authority by which we generally presume to understand the alien, and redirection […]

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The Parking Lot of Life

NICE PEOPLE DANCING TO GOOD COUNTRY MUSIC and TOYS FOR MEN Harbinger Theatre Productions Asphalt has never seemed like a sign of maturity to me. Buying a house, certain haircuts, a growing appreciation for Saks Fifth Avenue display windows, yes. But asphalt? Playwright Lee Blessing, however, sees the steadiness and security of adulthood in an […]

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Two Avant-Garde Masterpieces

OBJECT CONVERSATION * (Has redeeming facet) Directed by Paul Glabicki. THE CUP AND THE LIP **** (Masterpiece) Directed by Warren Sonbert. SIGNAL–GERMANY ON THE AIR **** (Masterpiece) Directed by Ernie Gehr. One of film’s richest veins has been the American avant-garde or “experimental” movement. These films are made on very low budgets, usually without dramatic […]

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Food, Sex, and Death

TAMPOPO *** (A must-see) Directed and written by Juzo Itami With Tsutomu Yamazaki, Nobuko Miyamoto, Koji Yakusho, Ken Watanabe, Nobuo Nakamura, and Mariko Okada. True, we eat to preserve ourselves from dying. But cooking, the moment of preparing foods . . . is a pause in the most relentless of natural processes, a moment when […]

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Bad: Day One

On the corner of Ashland and School streets, there are two 12-year-old kids adding a few touches to the huge Michael Jackson posters advertising his new LP, Bad, which hits the stores today, August 29. The posters, in stark black and white with just a dash of red, are about five feet tall and plastered […]