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Social Investing

To the editors: Regarding the article on social investing [“Capitalism With a Conscience,” April 7], I find it curious and suspicious that the pro-militaristic nuclear-powered brokers are expending so much time and energy to convince social investors that not only will our social-conscious investing make absolutely no difference, but that only nuclear-powered investors will profit […]

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You Call This Magic?

These guys aren’t Jewish, are they?” “Who?” “Penn and Teller.” “I don’t think so.” “See, they say putz but they’re not Jewish. I don’t like that.” Before the first act the two men had been quiet. Now that it was intermission and the alcohol had had time to stew, their voices reverberated throughout the balcony […]

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Roughing It

ROUGHING IT Touchstone Theatre In its current state–which probably isn’t its final state, given the fact that it’s a brand new play receiving its very first production–Roughing It seems too long. This isn’t because of its two-and-a-half-hour running time. Two a half hours hardly amounts to anything at all when (1) you’ve already sat through […]

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The Logic of a Dream

MILL FIRE at the Goodman Theatre Studio The experience of Mill Fire begins the minute you step inside the Goodman’s smoke-filled studio theater. Images assault the senses, setting up the ritualistic, dreamlike evening that follows. Church music plays, and three black figures with long lacy veils sit immobile onstage as the audience enters. Stationary, doll-like, […]

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The Sports Section

The problem with basketball is that the games too often come down to not merely one but a series of “last shots”; that, and the professional season lasts too long. The sport nevertheless is enjoying a well-deserved resurgence. Attendance is higher than ever in the National Basketball Association because the games no longer consist of […]

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On Faith

To the editors: As a student at a local seminary, I had initial interest in your cover story on “The Gospel According to Thomas Sheehan” in this past week’s edition [April 21]. When I read the article, however, I was disappointed to find Sheehan’s statements reflect essential atheism disguised in the polished language of high-powered […]

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Dr. King’s Candidate

To the editors: Doug Cassel’s article, “What’s This Election About?” [March 31], is generally a well-written piece that helps shed light on the rhetoric that’s been all over Chicago’s airwaves for the last few weeks, and helps identify the real issues at stake. But in stating his preference for Tim Evans (albeit with some reservations […]

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Light and Darkness

MORDINE & COMPANY at the Dance Center of Columbia College May 4-6 and 11-13 Mordine & Company is celebrating 20 years of struggle and achievement with characteristic savvy. No simple self-laudatory retrospective for choreographer Shirley Mordine: she has chosen instead to juxtapose her newest works–Flores y Animales, a premiere, and the 1988 Delicate Prey–with dances […]

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Reader’s Esoterica

To the editors: Robert McClory in his article about Thomas Sheehan (Reader, 4/21/89) remarks on the books on Sheehan’s shelves as concerning “esoteric subjects like phenomenology and hermeneutics.” Then a few lines later in the very same paragraph McClory blithely refers to metaphysics and Heidegger as if they are not esoteric. Where is McClory coming […]

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Bob Mould

“This year was the worst I can remember, except when I was five years old, pushed open the front door, got lost in the snow.” An unnamed band member wrote those words as liner notes on the last Husker Du album; soon after, the group was history, a victim of the centrifugal spin of underground […]

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The Church of Social Control

To the editors: In crossing the minefields of biblical scholarship, Thomas Sheehan (in your April 21 cover story) has taken a few missteps–not serious enough to get blown up but bad enough to call for some corrections on the minefield maps. For example, he talks about Christians abandoning the holy city just before the Romans […]