To the editors: I think it’s great that you can turn the headlights on when the ignition is off [Straight Dope, March 2]. I can think of countless times I used the headlights and WANTED the ignition off. As a matter of fact, I had a VW BUG that automatically shut off the lights when […]
In 1986 filmmaker Nettie Wild happened to be in the Philippines during the “peaceful revolution” that brought Cory Aquino to power. Wild had gone there to make a political documentary; she had a crew, financing, and plenty of film, but she decided not to shoot a foot of it. Instead, in what she describes as […]
To the editors: I am writing to express my appreciation for the short story “My Father’s Voice” by Judith Moore in your 5/18 issue. As I finished reading it on the train coming in to work, I cried. Not the best way to start a Monday–but a sign of truly moving writing! Thank you, Reader, […]
If you consider the ways that most of us experience classic Broadway musicals these days–i.e. in dinner-theater revivals with three-piece orchestras that include synthesizer and ukulele, or in enormous arenas where the singers wear body mikes and the orchestra is heard through tinny amplification–then the notion of an opera company tackling this uniquely American art […]
To the editors: More art to go public depicting homosexuality as wholesome as mother and apple pie [Culture Club, May 25]. Perhaps it’s time to see some real gay art depicting real gay sex. Let’s see how long the public will put up with that. Kissing doesn’t kill people. But sodomy can, both physically and […]
Is man a meat-eater or a vegetarian by nature? According to the enclosed clipping from a vegetarian magazine, “The intestinal length of carnivores (meat-eating animals) is three times the body length to allow for quick removal of flesh wastes that putrefy in the intestines. Man’s intestine length, like other herbivores, is six times his body […]
To the editors: I felt the usual sense of High-Art disorientation when I read your recent theater review [May 25] on the Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD), a performance group that apparently consists of some homeless people and a “performance artist- director” named John Malpede who drags them around the country like the freak tent […]
Rear-guard action. The Dairy Council of Wisconsin, Inc., has been moooved to issue a three-page release denying that the Dairy State’s ranking first in obesity nationwide has anything to do with its being the Dairy State. I pledge allegiance to the flag of the Great Lakes, and to the ecosystem, however tenuous, for which it […]
Wendell Berry is angry that we routinely accept the destructiveness of industrial agriculture. The saddest thing about his new book of essays is that it had to be written at all.
To the editors: I have recently read a review of the movie, Sweetie, written by a male, that makes no attempt to ponder the reason for the insanity of Dawn, also known as Sweetie. This name, Sweetie, is a name given to her by her father, a man I would nickname, Sickie. I have spoken […]
Artistic director Russell Vandenbroucke has made Northlight’s season one of the most interesting and varied yet. Will his creativity suffer when Northlight gets booted from its longtime Evanston home?
To the editors: In March of this year, a “Giant” in the field of psychoanalysis and the therapeutic treatment of children died, by his own hand, in the private despair of a retirement home [Hot Type, March 23]. Bruno Bettelheim, the scourge of campus protester, psychophrenogenic mother and anti-Freudians alike, died in the setting that […]
The most interesting bird I’ve seen this spring at Somme Woods was a transient, a male prairie warbler who sang all morning on May 26, and couldn’t be found on May 27. I’m doing a survey of the breeding birds at Somme Woods, a Cook County forest preserve in Northbrook, and a breeding prairie warbler […]
Do American really like watching athletes perform or just talking about athletes performing? With its simple rules, lack of structure, and continuity of play, World Cup soccer may be the ultimate test of the American sports fan’s attention span.