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The City File

“Soon after I started liking it here, …I began adopting the habits of a native Chicagoan,” writes native Philadelphian Dennis Rodkin in New City (August 1), “such as spitting in the empty el seat next to me so I could get some privacy…. Once I’d begun to feel that Chicago really was my home, I […]

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Shut Up and Pay

To the editors: To me, (and undoubtedly to countless others) Mr. Alan Melzer in the August 9 Neighborhood News article came across as a chronic complainer with too much time on his hands (despite his claim of being too busy to look through his parking tickets). He knowingly parked at broken meters–where cops are able […]

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Dream House

DREAM HOUSE at Puszh Studios Most writing workshops seem to begin earnestly, with writers honestly critiquing each other’s works and offering ideas for improvement. Inevitably, allegiances develop. If one writer gets significant praise from another, he or she may be reluctant to criticize that person’s work. As a result, rationalizations for bad work often abound. […]

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Field & Street

The prairie opening in the middle of Cap Sauers Holdings is the most beautiful place in the state of Illinois. I suppose some people will argue with an assertion that unequivocal, but those people are wrong, and I can prove it. Most of our beauty spots are vistas for the one-eyed. You have to direct […]

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On the Beach

In a front yard in Lakeview, a boy runs full speed with a yellow plastic bucket in his hand, dips it in the water, whirls and lets loose, just in time to catch his brother full across the chest with a resounding smack. Both scream, dive after more water, take off. Standing silently on the […]

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Geography of a Horse Dreamer

GEOGRAPHY OF A HORSE DREAMER Wild Life Theatre Company at the Heartland Cafe Studio Theatre In D.H. Lawrence’s 1933 short story “The Rocking-Horse Winner,” a boy discovers that he can forecast the winning racehorse by working himself into an ecstatic trance astride his toy steed. Cody, the clairvoyant in Sam Shepard’s Geography of a Horse […]

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Lee Konitz

To alto saxophonist Lee Konitz, jazz has always been an adventure. He acquired his dedication to pure melodic improvisation early, as a founder of cool jazz along with pianist-teacher Lennie Tristano, and he’s sought out a unique and wide range of challenges in the 40-odd years since–big and small bands of varying shades, pioneering solo […]