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Dispatch From the Class War

To the editors: Richard Jackson caught Bruce Chapman [“Policy: The Last Days of the Baby Boom”] with a standard Conservative Con: describe a real problem, then promote “solutions” which have nothing to do with the problem but do redistribute income to the rich. First, the problem. “By 2020 the share of the population that is […]

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American Dream, 1990s Version

To the editors: As your paper has a large base of yuppie readership it might be noteworthy that Chicago yuppies are joining Amway in record numbers. The Law of Reality (What is is) has begun to hit home. For the most part we have plateaued at our company positions, our savings are scarce when one […]

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No Guts, No Nookie

To the editors: I haven’t seen the movie Only the Lonely reviewed [Reader’s Guide to the Silver Screen] by a critic who finds the production “too gutless” to show the lovers in bed. It could be, of course, that somewhere in the morass of nonmarital screwing that oozes through contemporary film there might actually be […]

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When She Danced

WHEN SHE DANCED Interplay Life is a banquet, Auntie Mame used to say, and most poor suckers are starving to death. Isadora Duncan doesn’t even have a table to eat off of–she had to sell it, along with most of the rest of her furniture. But that doesn’t stop her from feasting at the banquet […]

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Human Relations

To the editors: Mayor Daley’s impressive commitment of power and resources to a revamped Commission on Human Relations merits the attention you gave it in Florence Levinsohn’s cover article of April 19. I was CHR’s Deputy Director, and periodically Interim Director, under mayors Washington, Sawyer and Daley, and I give Daley credit where it’s due. […]

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The Straight Dope

In the sixth grade, and many times since, I’ve heard it claimed that you can double over a piece of paper seven times but never eight, no matter what the paper’s size. Since, as a sixth grader, I could fold the paper in half seven times, I felt certain an Arnold Schwarzenegger could do eight. […]

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Rollin’ With Stevens and Stewart

This breezy 90-minute revue of classic black song, dance, and humor stands apart from bigger and brasher shows like Ain’t Misbehavin’ and One Mo’ Time by virtue of its quirky choice of material. The minimal story line of Rollin’ With Stevens and Stewart follows the travels of two 1920s vaudevillians on the T.O.B.A. circuit–officially the […]

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Spike Lee Limited

To the editors: In reviewing Jungle Fever, Jonathan Rosenbaum noted that Spike Lee’s “beginning to listen with profit to his actors” who’ve helped him broaden his conception of his characters. But such apparent praise points to Lee’s fundamental limitations as an artist: he cannot imagine characters developing beyond the racial stereotypes they represent. In a […]

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The City File

Lost, somewhere east of Lake Calumet, in the summer of 1914: a one-quarter-inch-tall bluish-green plant, Thismia americana, member of a mostly tropical family of plants. According to Linda Wetstein of the Morton Arboretum, writing in Conscious Choice (Summer), “Local botanists are organizing to conduct a disciplined search for Thismia americana on August 10, 1991.” No […]

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Fate of the Arts?

DEGENERATE ART Cloud 42 at the Theatre Building Comparisons, they say, are odious. I’m sure it would be odious to compare Bush’s America to Hitlerite Germany. And Tom Jacobson never does it–explicitly. Jacobson’s play Degenerate Art remains conscientiously faithful to period as it documents the passion of Emil Nolde–a German expressionist painter who was Aryan […]

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Christa Ludwig

Christa Ludwig, one of the more dramatically expressive singers of our time, returns to Ravinia this year for the first time in two decades. Though I haven’t heard this German mezzo-soprano live in a while, her recent recordings reveal a still richly plummy voice–she’s 63–that hasn’t lost much of its luster with age. Her Ravinia […]