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Three Teachers Slurring

To the editors: (Re: “Three Teachers Talking,” by Elizabeth Blanchard, January 22.) This travesty passing for journalism, though it may have provided the obligatory sexual buzz one expects when reading hot dirt about minorities, nevertheless is a powerful example of what Eugene Miller of the Miami Herald denounces as an insidious practice gaining popularity in […]

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Boob Tubers

A few things you might not know if you nil missed the recent Couch Potato Convention at the Lincolnwood Hyatt: (1) There are 12 types of TV twins. So says Dr. Gregory Young, a psychiatrist who has devised a system of television enlightenment that consists of finding the television character you most resemble, then watching […]

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Unwarranted Heaviness

THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING ** (Worth seeing) Directed by Philip Kaufman Written by Kaufman and Jean-Claude Carriere With Daniel Day-Lewis, Juliette Binoche, Lena Olin, Derek de Lint, Erland Josephson, Pavel Landovsky, Donald Moffat, and Daniel Olbrychski. Before we are forgotten, we will be turned into kitsch. Kitsch is the stopover between being and oblivion. […]

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School Suggestions

To the editors: Elizabeth Blanchard’s piece [“Three Teachers Talking,” January 22] highlighted problems in the morale of teachers and the situation of their work. The situation is beyond our control; teachers might do a better job on another set of kids, but we need this set of kids educated. Morale, however, could be improved by […]

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As You Like It

AS YOU LIKE IT Bailiwick Repertory Love is terribly hazardous. It ought to be federally regulated, like any other activity that affects the health and well-being of citizens. Think about it: You throw yourself into a marketplace that deals in beauty, social status, and that ephemeral commodity known as personality. You offer the very essence […]

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Floydian Slips

To the editors: First off, I really liked Bill Wyman’s Pink Floyd article [“The Four Phases of Pink Floyd,” January 15]. It made a bunch of distinctions about the band that have long been unsaid. The shit was gratifying to hear. But for a couple of objections, centering around his Syd Barrett info, which seemed […]

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The Straight Dope

Where do “dust bunnies” (or, depending on size, “dust rhinos”) come from? You know, those tumbleweed sort of things that you accidentally pull out from under your bed when you’re looking for dirty socks. Why do they form? Is it seasonally related? Any relationship to the presence of pets or small children? Can they be […]

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City File

The incinerators are coming, and the first city incinerator built in Illinois since 1970 will soon be going up in southwest suburban Crestwood. It will burn 450 tons of trash per day and will generate electricity, according to Solid Waste Management Newsletter (December 1987). SWMN’s January issue adds the story of how Philadelphia recently tried […]

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Muddied Waters

To the editors: While reading Bill Wyman’s “The Four Phases of Pink Floyd” [January 15], I could feel this bitterness building up and up, until pow!–in black and white: “Sure Roger Waters was an egotistical jerk . . .” Jerks one usually equates with perverts, ignoramuses. Not with someone who brings–albeit with his self-indulgences–beauty and […]

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My Cult Is OK

To the editors: I am writing concerning your recent article relating to New Age Organizations–occults, if you will [“Our Bodies, Their Selves,” January 15]! I can’t understand why a responsible publication such as yours would lump all so-called cults into one group. How could you? All are different in great and small ways. For this […]