To the editors: I feel compelled to write in response to the article “The Law of Incest” [July 19]. I have very mixed feelings about suing parents for incest. I agree with the closing quote of Nina Corwin when she mentioned the percentage of women for whom ” . . . it focuses so much […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
To the editors: The [August 2] article by Adam Langer (“No Comment: The Search for Intelligent Life at Great America”) brought back memories of my short stint at Disney World in 1978. The atmosphere was definitely conservative (hair cut above the ears, no facial hair, etc) yet the employees did have real spunk to them. […]
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 […]
We refer not to the programming, but to the load of “critical analysis” occasioned by the channel’s recent birthday.
One more year like this, and we’ll have an institution on our hands. This second annual showcase of avant-garde theater in Chicago is coordinated by Scott Turner, Valerie Turner, James Krulish, and John Oartel–with a bow to Salvador Dali, whose use of the term “rhinocerontic” (it means real big) inspired the event’s name. It runs […]
The old high rise in Uptown was vacant and falling apart when Herbert Heyman and Howard Landau offered the Lakefront SRO Corporation a grant of $250,000 to buy and renovate it. Come fall, Lakefront will open the Malden Arms Apartments at 4727 N. Malden, and its 86 units will be open to the poor. Heyman […]
Dear Cecil: Why is there no ketchup in an all-dressed? Is ketchup not as respectable a condiment as relish or mustard? Is there a conspiracy? Does Dirty Harry’s remark about ketchup in a hot dog have anything to do with it?—Paul Macneil, Dorval, Quebec
For 25 years Chicago has been an open-housing pioneer, developing tactics and legal precedents that have been used throughout the U.S. That’s the good news.
In her poem “The Color Red,” Maxine Chernoff mentions a family legend: that her great-grandmother “was the first Jewish woman in Bialystok, Russia, to wear lipstick. A shame on her family, she also smoked cigarettes.” But that’s not why she left Russia. She left because her son with yam-colored hair was caught stealing apples. So […]
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 […]
Life and Death on Maxwell Street