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Return of Unsafe Sex

To the editors: Your article on “The Angriest Queer” [17 August] was very good as far as it went–a character sketch of Danny Sotomayor. But it seemed briefer than your usual cover article, with its endless detail, and it did not say what Sotomayor has really accomplished. I don’t mean to suggest he hasn’t accomplished […]

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Field & Street

My most memorable look at an osprey happened one morning in early spring at Saganashkee Slough. Saganashkee is one of the shallow lakes in the Palos Hills in southwestern Cook County. It is a pretty good sized body of water, almost three miles long east to west, and nearly a half mile at its widest […]

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Go Glick Yourself

To the editors: “You’re so vain.” Glick doesn’t need a new look, just a new outlook [“Paul Glick’s Toughest Make-Over,” August 10]! “Make-over” is a tragic story about a tragic man, obsessed with others’ opinions of himself. Even more tragic, is that this is a man who earned his fortune contaminating his clientele with this […]

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Making Babies

To the editors: In “A Girl in Trouble” (August 17), Flo Levinsohn trots out the usual litany of statistics and speculation concerning the real and imagined results of abortion regulations. What she conveniently neglects to mention (and the statistic that I personally am most interested in learning) in her “before and after” analysis is whether, […]

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One Manipulative Bitch

MADAME MAO’S MEMORIES Bailiwick Repertory A museum director gets busted in Cincinnati. Artists get vilified in Congress. Rap’s ripped, the NEA’s gutted, and aldermen loot the Art Institute. Suddenly art’s political again. Suddenly it’s recovered that old cachet of danger and debate. The nice-nice period of quiet grants for quiet shows, of innovation by committee, […]

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The Author’s Voice/Next Time

THE AUTHOR’S VOICE and NEXT TIME Raven Theatre Company In a 1934 lecture to the Sociedad Amigos del Artes in Buenos Aires, Federico Garcia Lorca spoke of the creative spirit called the duende (literally, “dwarf”), distinguishing it from the detached, intellectual muse and the likewise aloof angel–traditional keepers of the artist’s genius–thus: “Angel and Muse […]

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Nunsense

NUNSENSE Wellington Theater One of the more self-serving myths in show business is that everybody dreams of becoming a star, that given their druthers, most Americans would quit their dreary jobs in an instant for the chance to appear on TV, or in the movies, or under the hot lights on the Great White Way. […]

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Postcards From the Edge

Carrie Fisher not so much adapts as rewrites her own autobiographical novel about her drug problems and show-biz comeback, shifting most of the emphasis away from a couple of boyfriends and toward her relationship with her mother (Debbie Reynolds in real life). Mike Nichols’s direction makes a very old-fashioned and effective Hollywood entertainment out of […]

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Tinsley Ellis

Georgia-born blues guitarist Tinsley Ellis may be best known for his stint as lead guitarist of the Heartfixers, an Atlanta aggregation that developed a cult following in the 80s as one of the hottest young southern R & B outfits since the Allmans. His early influences ranged from B.B. King to James Brown, and he’s […]