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The Sports Section

Followed the way one follows a play–with an eye for drama and the interplay of the characters–sports can pay dividends even to people who hadn’t been watching when something happened. John Daly’s victory in the Professional Golfers’ Association Championship earlier this month existed, for me, the way few sporting events have this summer–though I hadn’t […]

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Bimbos Against AIDS

To the editors: Bill Wyman’s review of Madonna’s Truth or Dare movie [June 21] was shit. Thinking that most intelligent readers can recognize offal when it manifests itself, I did not respond by letter to it–feeling comfortable that some other correspondent would answer it. No one did. Surprisingly, a few people wrote in to share […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story A recent story about Paul Laudicina, professor of radiological sciences at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, described his most unusual X ray: A 42-year-old man had used a scalpel to make many small incisions, or “pockets,” in his chest, into which he had placed a total of 50 glass marbles before […]

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Madonna’s Accomplishment

To the editors: In ref to the letters blasting Bill Wyman [August 16] for blasting Madonna’s movie [June 21]: Why do Madonna defenders have to make the woman into more than she is or can be? Why not just admit that they like to watch sultry women prancing around in their underpants? Men have enjoyed […]

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The Marriage of Bette and Boo

THE MARRIAGE OF BETTE AND BOO Eternity’s Well at Center Theater During the intermission of The Marriage of Bette and Boo, by Christopher Durang, I kept hearing people talk about the adorable and darling characters in this Eternity’s Well production. They were right. The characters were adorable. The problem is that Durang didn’t write adorable […]

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Damon Short Quintet/A.A.C.M. Originals/Green-Mosley Complex

You won’t catch me complaining about massively attended jazz concerts in Grant Park; nonetheless, there’s a qualitative difference between those small figures on the band-shell stage piped through Gargantua’s own sound system and the intimate surroundings in which jazz is more often heard (and in which jazz history is most often made). Luckily, late-night jam […]