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Back in Action/Annals of Crime, Postal Division/Pogo’s Brief Hiatus

Back in Action Last November, the Sun-Times stopped being such a do-gooder. The paper dropped its Action Time service, which was deemed expensive, anachronistic, and a bore–each letter seeking a long-lost Army buddy, or satisfaction from a mail-order house, sounded an awful lot like every other. Not that public interest had dried up–at the end, […]

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On Devon

A hand reached out and touched my shoulder. “Are you Jewish?” I tensed and kept walking. By now the man in the long black coat was walking beside me. “Sir?” he asked. Maybe it was the Styrofoam quart of matzo-ball soup and the plastic bag full of hallah I was holding that tipped him off. […]

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Cataplexy

To the editors: The photo on the front page of your January 5, 1990 issue is absolutely disgusting. Since the cat is conscious & unshaven, it appears it is about to be tortured rather than operated upon. The picture on pg. 31 would have made a much less-offending cover photo, why didn’t you use it? […]

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Department of Mortifying Errors

“A Better Bill of Rights,” Anthony Adler’s contribution to our December 22 year-end issue, was harder to follow than it should have been: an error at our printer’s eliminated an overlay of arrows, circles, deletions, and other proofreader’s marks that would have made the marginal notes much easier to understand. We apologize to our readers […]

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Field & Street

Early this winter flocks of white-winged crossbills invaded northern Illinois. Sightings were reported from various locations in Lake County, including Illinois Beach State Park, where the pine groves at the park’s southern end are very attractive to crossbills. There are two species of crossbills, the red and the white-winged. They are both Holarctic birds whose […]

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Interfacing With Misfits

To the editors: As social service, medical, and administrative professionals working full time with persons with AIDS (PWAs), we read with interest Diana Spinrad’s review of “Intimacies,” Michael Kearns’ production at the Halsted Theatre Centre (Reader, 12/8/89). While we understand that Spinrad’s commentary on the show is a review, and bound to be subjective, we […]

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Foolin’ Around With Infinity

FOOLIN’ AROUND WITH INFINITY Blind Parrot Productions I requested a copy of the script when I called Blind Parrot to make reservations for Foolin’ Around With Infinity. But when I arrived, there was no script for me. During intermission, the woman who had promised me the script tracked me down in the lobby. She had […]

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Making McCartney Mean Something

To the editors: At the end of a rock and roll year that was saturated with leap-from-the-grave comebacks/reunions and triumphant final campaigns (not to mention historic levels of post-Beatlemania, with every fogey, wanna-have-been, and lifestyle columnist dutifully recalling “twenty years ago today”), I’m glad Bill Wyman had the guts to write about McCartney (“Let Him […]

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Shades of Black

JOSEPH HOLMES CHICAGO DANCE COMPANY at the Dance Center of Columbia College January 12 Halfway through the Dance Center’s series, “Present Vision/Past Voice: The African-American Tradition in Modern Dance,” that tradition is becoming harder to define. There’s the easy way, of course: it’s whatever any black modern dancer does. And Joseph Holmes was black, lots […]

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Catcall

To the editors: Re the story on Dr. Gerald Brown’s Sweeney Animal Hospital (Reader, 1-5-90), I certainly hope the doctor has improved his attitude toward his customers. When my wife and I brought in our 10 year old tabby to Dr. Brown in 1984, he diagnosed feline leukemia, gruffly told us that our cat would […]

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Luv

LUV Sterling Theatre at Talman Theatre The most disturbing element in the 1983 film Koyaanisqatsi is its high-speed depiction of mass activity, commuters streaming through a terminal or traffic surging and stopping spasmodically at intersections. The pitiless camera makes this heightened bustle absurd, as mindless and automatic as the swarming of maddened bees. Murray Schisgal […]

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Death of an Actor

To the editors: In his January 5 “City File” column, Harold Henderson lists Emlyn Williams as one of the “nondead individuals” who were dropped from the World Almanac and Book of Facts because they are (in the words of the World Almanac’s publishers) “no longer visible.” Please let me correct the factual misstatement and misguided […]

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Wildly Wrong Targets

To the editors: “Dimwitted” and “feeble” are appropriate ways to characterize Peter Pekin’s aborted attempt at satire in his “A Low Interest Year” (Reader, front page, Dec. 22). Events in the real world of 1989 were almost too interesting: the brutally crushed uprising of students in China; the sudden downfall of tyrannical Communist regimes in […]