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Friend of Israel

BITTER FRIENDS National Jewish Theater Some dared call it treason. For Jonathan Jay Pollard, it was one way to deal with the anti-Semitism he had experienced in the Navy. For 17 months–before he was caught, on November 21, 1985–this naval intelligence analyst was a spy for a small Israeli intelligence operation in Washington, D.C., to […]

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Dummy Love

JUST THE THOUGHT OF YOU Industrial Theater at Chicago Filmmakers Justin Hayford’s Just the Thought of You is a performance/theater piece filled with good intentions–it wants to be clever, deep, meaningful, and touching. But I’m not sure that Hayford, a regular contributor to the Reader, is sure of his own message. As a result, while […]

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The Straight Dope

I was perversely flipping through the Parade section of my Sunday newspaper when I stumbled upon Marilyn vos Savant’s “Ask Marilyn” column. Even more perversely, I read it. It wasn’t a total loss, though, because it appears she made another mistake, even worse than the one you pointed out in a very entertaining column a […]

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Clean Sweep: New and Improved

To the editors: As one of the attorneys representing Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) residents in a recent federal civil rights class action lawsuit challenging the CHA’s “Operation Clean Sweep,” I read with great interest your October 5 cover story. There are, however, several matters about the litigation concerning Operation Clean Sweep that were not mentioned […]

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The City File

Please don’t slam-dunk my eyeball. According to UIC’s Eye Facts (September/October 1990), basketball and baseball resulted in nearly one-third of the 31,000 sports-related eye injuries in the U.S. during 1988. It’s not clear, however, whether these two sports cause more eye injuries because they are actually more dangerous, or simply because more people play them […]

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Wild About Walter

To the editors: If Bryan Miller is the Reader’s token right-winger, at least she’s a better writer than her New Yorker counterpart Bill Buckley. But when Don Rose used to profile his candidates in the weeks before an election, he’d explain his campaign connections. Why is Miller so passionate about Dudycz? In particular, why doesn’t […]

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Cloud 9

CLOUD 9 Barto Productions at the Project Caryl Churchill, I have concluded, is a playwright one either loves or hates. Many theater scholars declare her to be an unmitigated genius; just as many dismiss her as a gimmick-stringing hack. What is apparent from Michael Barto’s production of Cloud 9, currently playing at the Project, is […]

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Detective Story

DETECTIVE STORY Mary-Arrchie Theatre Sidney Kingsley’s 41-year-old melodrama about life in a detective squad room seems an odd choice for a company as daring as the Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company. These are the same folks, after all, who sponsored last summer’s second annual Abbie Hoffman Died for Our Sins Festival, the same folks who keep reviving […]

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Why Hartigan Won’t Do

To the editors: Neil Hartigan and his campaign staff must be delighted with Florence Hamlish Levinsohn’s article (“What’s the Deal With Neil Hartigan,” 10/26/90). Laboring mightily to paper over the many significant flaws in Hartigan’s record, Levinsohn’s piece seems intended to convince “left/liberal” voters that there are valid reasons for supporting the Democratic ticket in […]