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Wrongheaded Rites

To the editors: I was not the source of inaccurate information on the 1979 Prayer Book text (in Bryan Miller’s “Is Nothing Sacred?” June 9), such as the alleged removal of the laying-on of hands from the ordination service [Letters, July 14]. Nevertheless, the revisers perpetrated something nearly as disastrous: the removal of these words […]

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The Value of Children

To the editors: Marla Felcher in her April 7th letter epitomizes a controversy that afflicts the developed world that began with Malthus and has reached its apotheosis in the abortion controversy i.e. the value of children. People choose to procreate for various reasons–not all of them (in my opinion) laudatory. Among these are: 1) the […]

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The Emperor’s New Clothes

THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES Growing Stage at the Coronet Playhouse You could read this fairy tale to your kid in ten minutes. Or you could take your kid to see this stage adaptation, bloated with the crude excesses of “children’s theater” into an hour’s playing time. The choice is yours. On the one hand, you […]

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The Measles of Mankind

To the editors: The following law is still in force, negating the necessity for an amendment to the Bill of Rights [Hot Type, July 7]. U.S. Legal Code, Title 1800, Section 700 reads: “Whoever knowingly casts contempt upon any flag of the United States by publicly mutilating, defacing, defiling, burning or trampling on it shall […]

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Field & Street

In the last decade, the field guide has become the most common type of book about nature. Field guides are not new, of course. In one form or other, they have been around for at least a century. Roger Tory Peterson’s A Field Guide to the Birds, originally published in 1934, played a major role […]

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Woodschlock

To the editors: A note to Michael Miner regarding his “Turn to the Tribune” (Hot Type, August 25). Retrospectives of the Woodstock music festival have tended to divide themselves into two camps. There are the bashers and the revelers. The bashers see Woodstock as the culmination of everything that was wrong with the decade of […]

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Pinetop Perkins

Pianist Pinetop Perkins, Muddy Waters’s last great keyboard man, is a living repository of over half a century of blues. He laces barrelhouse standards and up-tempo rockers alike with a deep blues sensibility and solid craftsmanship fused with an impish good humor that makes every performance an unabashed celebration of life. In recent years he’s […]

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Quack to the Future

DAFFY DUCK’S QUACKBUSTERS *** (A must-see) Directed and written by Greg Ford and Terry Lennon With Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Tweety Pie, Sylvester the Cat, J.P. Cubish, and the voice of Mel Blanc. It seems more a matter of confusion at Warner Brothers than either poetic justice or business acumen that has denied […]

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A Proper Egmont

To the editors: This letter is in response to Dennis Polkow’s review (July 21) of the Grant Park Symphony’s performance of Beethoven’s Egmont Overture. While Polkow found conductor Parrott’s “nice and pretty Beethoven” not as personally satisfying as it could have been had the more “revolutionary and avant-garde qualities” of Beethoven’s composition been emphasized, the […]

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Contemplating Suicide

DETERMINATIONS *** (A must-see) Directed by Oliver Hockenhull. Not long into Oliver Hockenhull’s film Determinations, following a dense collage of images and sounds, we see a woman in an empty room. She identifies herself as a prostitute, and describes how she has served time in jail for stabbing a man “in his privates.” As the […]