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Moved to Tears

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, […]

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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 […]

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Up the Kazoo

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 […]

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The Straight Dope

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 […]

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The Guilt Factor

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 […]

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The City File

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 […]

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Shooting Craps With Bettelheim

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 […]

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Field & Street

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 […]