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Andy Warhol’s Big Joke

To the editors: The controversiality of Andy Warhol is, by no means, an indication that his works are important, or that he is an artist [“Andy Warhol: A Long, Close Look,” June 2]. What is disturbing is not the banality of Warhol’s work. Modern art forms, even if they only deserve to be called “expression,” […]

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Death of a Cell-Man

SCHUMACHER Playwrights’ Center In the opening scene of this play, Schumacher presents a short seminar on salesmanship. The phrase “Make that big sale!” is projected overhead, along with Schumacher’s five steps for doing just that: contact, introduce, match/mirror, sell more, and close. Let’s take these one at a time, shall we? Contact. Pick up the […]

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The Bishop Speaks

To the editors: I was appalled by the inflammatory and obscene letter which appeared in your July 7 edition of the Reader, allegedly written by a “longtime employee of the Diocese of Chicago.” The fact that you would print an anonymous letter is, in my mind, a dubious editorial practice. Let me suggest that the […]

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An Evening of Cheever

AN EVENING OF CHEEVER Windy City Theater Company at Pilsen East Center for the Arts You’d never know from the Windy City Theater Company’s show that John Cheever was one of the great short-story writers of this century. All of his cleverness, all of his wit, all of his grace–everything that made his stories wonderful […]

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The One-Shoe Enigma

To the editors: At last Cecil took on that great mystery of the universe, the single shoe phenomenon! Even though his reply (Straight Dope, April 7 to Anonymous of St. Paul, Minnesota) lacked serious scientific scrutiny, at least it acknowledged this curiosity, about which the scientific community has been suspiciously silent. As a life-long observer […]

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Coke and Eggs

To the editors: With regard to the Friday 16 June cover story “The Coke Generation,” does author Kitry Krause have any information which documents the effects of cocaine upon the human sperm and egg cells prior to conception? In other words, is there evidence to suggest that cocaine alters the DNA structure of sperm and […]

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Any Bonds Today?

ANY BONDS TODAY? Galerie Productions at the Village Theatre Unlike World War I, World War II was not a matter of a few Americans meddling in someone else’s fight. Germany had declared war on us, Japan had attacked us; the United States was fighting its own fight, on two fronts yet, and everyone was needed […]

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Joe Ely Band

Joe Ely, a rockabilly yeller and a sensitive balladeer, looks like a slightly less innocent Gene Vincent (at 41, he should). He came from Lubbock, Texas, played in the Flatlanders, finally got a record deal in 1977, and toured with the Clash and the Kinks. MCA, a pond-scum label, dropped him, cruelly, in 1984: since […]

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The Straight Dope

Why does head hair (as well as beard hair, I think) grow indefinitely, whereas hair on the rest of the human body grows to a certain length and then stops? –Kim Mattingly, Washington, D.C. Foolish creature, what makes you think scalp hair grows indefinitely? Didn’t you ever listen to the title song from Hair (“Don’t […]