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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 […]

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Annals of school reform: the home pickup controversy

No one knows for certain when, how, or where the rumor started. But sometime last fall word floated out that the Board of Education planned to abolish home-to-school bus pickups for kindergartners, first-graders, and second-graders (home pickup for older children was stopped years ago). Almost immediately angry parents started phoning board headquarters to complain that […]

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Laurence Hobgood Quintet

In Chicago jazz circles, we don’t give annual awards for the best new band; if we did, though, Laurence Hobgood’s quintet would have my vote. These guys are a knockout, from the leader’s compositions to the kick of the rhythm section to the charged solos. It’s what a jazz band is supposed to sound like. […]

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Camp Thiaroye

It’s possible that a good half of the greatest African movies ever made are the work of novelist-turned filmmaker Ousmane Sembene (Black Girl, Xala, Ceddo). Camp Thiaroye, his first feature in 11 years, cowritten and codirected by Thierno Faty Sow, recounts an incident that actually occurred in 1944. Returning from four years of European combat […]

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Ladies’ Luncheon

There is a certain type of woman who eats lunch alone at Marshall Field’s. While others her age need walkers, she can still glide gracefully (if slowly) on tasteful Italian pumps. A hat could upset the balance of her expensively arranged coiffure, but she still dons one on special occasions. And she doesn’t wait for […]

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The Straight Dope

The following geometry problem has haunted me for 30 years. Every math teacher, PhD, engineer, etc, I’ve shown it to was stumped. Now it’s your turn. Given any triangle ABC, extend the baseline and bisect the interior and exterior angles at A and B. Extend these four new lines until they intersect at D and […]

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Seesaw Schools

To the editors: Ben Joravsky’s “A New School for Rogers Park? Not in Our Garden!” [December 7] rendered clear the facts of a controversial issue in our neighborhood. However, the untold story is one that does not merely pit a group of resident/gardeners against parents and principals fighting over new construction. This is a story […]