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Pogrom Pique

To the editors: I’m tired of Anthony Adler’s trivializing of pogroms. Last year, his review of the Goodman’s A Christmas Carol likened the Christmas greetings of strangers to a pogrom. This year, in his December 14 review of The Miraculous Lamp, he alludes to “the annual Jolliness Pogrom.” Let’s imagine two non-Jewish mobs. One of […]

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Ticket of No Return

Of the many films by Ulrike Ottinger that I have seen, this lovely 1979 camp item has given me the most unbridled pleasure. A nameless heroine (Tabea Blumenschein) arrives in West Berlin on a one-way ticket in order to drink herself to death, and three prim ladies known as Social Question (Magdalena Montezuma), Accurate Statistics […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story Professor Gary Behan of Glasgow University reported in September that he believes the reason women hold most major records in dolphin fishing is that dolphins, which are noted for their rampant promiscuity, are attracted to the women’s hormones. Questionable Judgments Virgil H. Smith Jr., 42, was arrested in Eau Claire County, Wisconsin, in […]

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Solomons’ Choice

SOLOMONS’ CHOICE National Jewish Theater My Confucian-turned-Protestant mother has told me since childhood to beware of marrying (a) an Orthodox Jew, (b) a born-again Christian, and (c) any kind of Catholic–the first for reasons having to do with dietary proscriptions and the latter two for reasons having to do with birth control and divorce (which […]

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Art Gang vs. Proles

To the editors: Last week’s Hot Type column [November 9] about the New Art Examiner’s problems in finding a printer to leave in the more salacious pictures at issue in the current NEA funding flap crystallized the entire controversy for me. Publisher Guthrie and Michael Miner seem to see it as a battle between troglodyte […]

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50 Ways to Say “You’re Fired”

According to its corporate literature, the company sponsoring today’s lunch lecture is “designed to assist employers with employee termination issues and, after termination, to help separated employees develop skills and define career strategies to assist them in finding new employment.” “Separated employees”–fired people–are a $300,000,000-a-year industry. And Right Associates, an “outplacement” business, accounts for a […]

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More on Honey

To the editors: I am writing in response to the reproduction of the photograph Honey by Robert Mapplethorpe which appeared in your Hot Type column November 9, and to Mr. Michael Miner’s reply to letters to your editor from Mr. Nelson Borelli, M.D. and Mr. Jerry Crimmins appearing on November 30. The issue here is […]

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Natural Time

To the editors: John Stevenson wrote an excellent review of Michael O’Malley’s book, Keeping Watch: A History of American Time [“Reading: Good Time, Bad Time,” November 30]. However, I feel that Stevenson’s counterpoints to O’Malley’s lamentations about industrialization betray a narrow view shared by the majority in our society. To my mind, there can be […]