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The Boom Goes On

To the editors: A special message to Julie Phillips [July 31]: you’re my kind of girl. “Baby boomers” have held the cultural floor a little too long now, and you’ve pointed this out with wit and style. It’s no surprise to hear you’re as sick of hearing about the 60s as I once was of […]

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Arsenic and Old Lace

ARSENIC AND OLD LACE Shubert Theatre Serial murder, euthanasia, slasher psychopaths, bodies buried in a crawl space, face-lifts for people trying to change their images, the cyanide poisonings of innocent strangers–it’s a tabloid-rotten world we live in. Not like the good old days, when crime didn’t pay and virtue was its own reward. Except that […]

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Tactical Tree-Spiking

To the editors: Thank you for publishing Peter Friederici’s sympathetic story on Earth First! (Calendar, September 11). One point needs to be clarified. Friederici writes: “Earth First! gained a radical image in May, when a California sawmill employee was severely injured by a spike that had been driven into the tree he was sawing. (Earth […]

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Balancing Act

You can bet that whenever a rock band picks up acoustic guitars, some unimaginative bozo is going to stick it with the tag “folk-rock.” But you can do more with an acoustic guitar than be a folkie; you can also rock with beautiful, catchy, breezy songs full of cool/weird lyrics like “Lay yourself on the […]

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Devaluing “Fascism”

To the editors: The Reader’s Guide to the Silver Screen of September 25 describes Dread, Beat an’ Blood as a “film about the recent rebellions of black people in England against racism and fascism.” The reference to “fascism” devalues and impoverishes language. The writer threatens to transform fascism into a meaningless term of condemnation. Ben […]

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The Straight Dope

I have utter and absolute trust that the earth is a sphere. And yet I have never had any personal experience that would convince me of this. I have accepted it as a matter of faith. As someone said, “Common sense is what tells us that the world is flat.” For all I know from […]

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Bork Is Worse Than His Bite

To the editors: In just two brief sentences, Michael Miner [Hot Type, September 11] encapsulates the discussion revolving around the confirmation of Judge Bork to the Supreme Court. He refers to those of us who believe in the “amplitude” of our Constitution and to Bork’s writings which view it as a “niggardly” document. We’re confident […]

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The City File

When is an animal not an animal? When the U.S. Department of Agriculture is supposed to protect it from mistreatment during use in experiments. According to the newsletter of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (September-October 1987), “USDA simplified its task [of enforcing the Animal Welfare Act] by excluding most animals from coverage. Monkeys are […]

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Back to the Ballroom

The Aragon Ballroom, with its mosaic tile and molded plastic towers, its double-tiered balconies and mock-stained-glass windows, proves that it is possible for a Moorish palace to collide with a German Bierstube and survive. Since its completion in 1926 at a cost of $1.5 million, the Aragon, at 1106 W. Lawrence, has seen everything from […]

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Calling the Sun-Times Slack

To the editors: So the Hot Type people think it’s just terrible that Hedy Weiss of the Sun-Times didn’t review Torch Song Trilogy [September 25]! Yes, Ms. Weiss is showing poor judgment, but the Reader should certainly not be so quick to criticize. Why? Because over the past several years, I have seen and enjoyed […]

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Women Who Love Bears

Most of the correspondence I get from the managers of my apartment building concerns repairs (Please be patient . . . ) or lease renewals (Please be prompt . . . ), so I was surprised to receive their invitation to “An Evening With the Three Little Bears,” by which they meant Diana Ditka, Connie […]

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Vegetables in Space

To the editors: After reading numerous articles about the Biosphere II project in Arizona recently (Newsweek, Discover, Chicago Tribune, etc), it is encouraging to see Harold Henderson’s “A Spinach Plant Grows in De Kalb” (September 4) about controlled environment agriculture research being conducted nearby. In considering the applications of such research to space agriculture, it […]

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Field & Street

I spent last Saturday afternoon at a natural-areas conference organized by the Illinois Chapter of the Nature Conservancy and jointly sponsored by the Conservancy and several other public and private conservation groups. The conference drew more than 100 participants to Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills. The goal was to round up interested people […]

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Chicago Symphony Chorus

In 1957, Margaret Hillis was asked by Chicago Symphony maestro Fritz Reiner to form a resident symphony chorus. Today, many memorable concerts and seven Grammys later, the Chicago Symphony Chorus is commonly acknowledged as the best of its kind in the world. Along the way, Hillis has tirelessly championed the cause of choral music, encouraged […]