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Call for Clarification

To the editors: If some of you so-called journalists would spend time to investigate things which seem to bewilder you or boggle your mind, then perhaps your intellect would improve. The caption you reprinted, which is attributed to me and printed in your article the City File [March 8], by Wm. Bike of the Near […]

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Our War-Mongering Media

To the editors: In “Media for War?” (Hot Type, February 22), Michael Miner told of a letter he had received from an unnamed correspondent who complained to him that U.S. media coverage of the gulf war has been “prowar,” and that Miner should therefore use his Hot Type forum to criticize this bias. “The fact […]

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Field & Street

Some random signs of spring: The most reliable harbinger of spring in Chicago is the changing of the signs around the North Pond in Lincoln Park. In the winter, the signs say “Danger, Thin Ice,” but in spring, the Park District takes down those signs and replaces them with signs that say “Danger , No […]

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Domestic Trouble

To the editors: While the American people continue to gloat over the defeat of Saddam Hussein’s military forces in Iraq [Hot Type, March 8], there are some problems here at home that need to be pointed out. The smashing victory in the Middle East was brought to us by the same country that: (a) is […]

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Double Vision

MARGARET JENKINS AND RINDE ECKERT at the Dance Center of Columbia College March 21-23 It can be strange when two mature artists who’ve grown up in entirely different fields collaborate. Do their visions remain separate, existing side by side, or somehow merge? Do their visions affect each other? These questions become more troubling when the […]

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Grass Is Meaner

To the editors: George Grass, in your February 22 issue, has been allowed once again to indulge himself in that narcissistic journalism so occupationally hazardous to critics. His self-conscious diatribe about Chicago Opera Theater’s fine production of Idomeneo didn’t begin to jibe with reviews of Robert Marsh and John von Rhein and their praise of […]

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Miniature Gulf

To the editors: I agree with Alan Scott’s letter [March 22] about the yellow ribbon phenomenon [Our Town, March 1], and it reminds me how disturbed I’ve been over the symbolic reduction of issues during the gulf war. I refer to the manner in which the antiwar movement, in its fervor to emote over the […]

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Newberry Consort

Have you ever wondered what sort of music accompanied the performances of Shakespeare’s plays during his time? Well, the Newberry Library’s musician-in-residence Mary Springfels has some of the answers. She’s scoured libraries in Oxford and Cambridge and the Newberry itself for manuscripts that may offer clues about theatrical music from the Elizabethan era and surrounding […]

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Sylvia in the Flesh

SYLVIA’S REAL GOOD ADVICE Pegasus Players It’s usually no compliment to call a character a cartoon. But sometimes two dimensions are better than three, especially when they’ve been drawn by Nicole Hollander, the stupidity-skewering perpetrator of the popular Sylvia comic strip. Her Sylvia, who combines a witty Andy Rooney with a sloppy Ann Landers, is […]