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Temple of Dumb

Nazis are fun! Jesus is fun! Arthurian legends are fun! Third world countries are fun! Caves are fun! The Holy Grail is fun! Lots of snakes and rats and skeletons are fun! Chases are fun! Narrow escapes are fun! Explosions are fun! Indiana Jones is fun! Indiana Jones’s father is fun!

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Vampire’s Kiss

A Manhattan literary agent (Nicolas Cage) who has problems with women imagines that he’s turning into a vampire. This is the first script by Joseph Minion to be produced since After Hours, and it reflects some of the same obsession with predatory and/or defenseless females and New York perceived as an expressionist landscape; the variable […]

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Terms of Adoption

To the editors: We were very pleased to see a discussion of open adoption in Bryan Miller’s “Babies Wanted” (5/12/89). Unfortunately, the article contains some misinformation. Specifically, I must correct Ms. Miller’s statement, “If they want an open adoption . . . they must adopt privately.” This is simply not true. Lutheran Social Services of […]

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Feminists Against Abortion

To the editors: Achy Obejas’s piece on the prolife picketers at Lutheran General Hospital [Our Town, May 19] leaves the impression that abortion opponents are motivated by a horror of nonprocreative sex. As a representative of a prolife group which contains a goodly number of gays, lesbians, and contraceptive users, I can safely say that […]

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The Straight Dope

Here’s a question that’s bugged me for all eternity–is time travel possible, even in theory? –Jan K., Baltimore, Maryland Cecil’s gut feeling on this question, Jan, was no, based on the following unbeatable logic: if it were possible, the people of the future would have done it; and if they have, why the hell haven’t […]

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Sheehan the Slasher

To the editors: Re: “The Gospel According to Thomas Sheehan,” April 21, 1989 Thomas Sheehan of Loyola U. is first and foremost a social activist. Everything he writes or says professionally must be taken in that context. His major goal is to move the status quo from Christian belief into Christian action. All well and […]

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The City File

Good news if you don’t like to eat pesticides: Illinois farmers who use small amounts of commercial fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides actually make more money per acre than heavy users of such chemicals, according to University of Illinois research. Sorry, sir. Does Fido have his Indiana passport? “Moving with pets takes careful planning,” warns United […]

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Doubting Thomas

To the editors: I read Thomas Sheehan’s interview with great interest [April 21]. He is quite right in insisting that liberal theologians are inconsistent–they want to disbelieve the miracles of the New Testament and still hold to the uniqueness of Christ; they want to demythologize the New Testament and still have a savior of sorts. […]

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Field & Street

So where was the greenhouse effect when we needed it? This year’s statewide spring bird count ran directly into a snowstorm that in some places reduced visibility to near zero. One participant, trying futilely to count birds along the North Shore Channel, reported plaintively: “Because of the snowstorm, there was no bird activity in trees […]

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Laughable Lapses

To the editors: After reading Dennis Polkow’s recent review of Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring as performed by Chicago Opera Theater [April 14], I find myself with severe doubts regarding his qualifications to critique opera. I found a number of things with which to disagree–and only one of them was a purely subjective judgement. Item. Subjective […]

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Dance Theatre of Harlem

DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM at the Civic Center for Performing Arts May 11-13 When Arthur Mitchell and his Dance Theatre of Harlem returned from the Soviet Union last spring, they trailed clouds of glory from their triumphs in the birthplace of classical ballet. Mitchell said proudly, “There’s nothing left for us to prove.” Of course […]