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Love and Politics

THE RUSSIA HOUSE *** (A must-see) Directed by Fred Schepisi Written by Tom Stoppard With Sean Connery, Michelle Pfeiffer, Roy Scheider, James Fox, John Mahoney, J.T. Walsh, Ken Russell, David Threlfall, and Klaus Maria Brandauer. HAVANA ** (Worth seeing) Directed by Sydney Pollack Written by Judith Rascoe and David Rayfiel With Robert Redford, Lena Olin, […]

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More Moral Turpitude

To the editors: Instead of repairing the damage, the Reader has further injured the children and perhaps the adults too in the Honey picture matter. Mr. Michael Miner, Senior Editor of the Reader, in his November 30 reply to letters from Mr. Crimmins and myself states, among other things: “But I decided that after 14 […]

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Chicago Opera Theater

Oliver Knussen’s one-act fantasy Where the Wild Things Are, based on Maurice Sendak’s 1963 illustrated children’s classic, was a smash when the Chicago Opera Theater mounted it two Christmases ago. Now the high-spirited production returns for an eight-performance engagement. In both the book and the opera, the young and mischievous Max (who my friends’ kids […]

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Sam I Am

SAM I AM Performers Under Stress at ‘Od’s Blood Theatre “Is it true love in the rectum?” asks the man on the floor, who’s flat on his stomach, flanked by two candles that provide the only light on his face. The scene is claustrophobic and menacing. Whether we’re personally familiar with the man’s sexual predilection […]

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More Trouble

To the editors: I was disappointed in the article written by my neighbor, Roger Kerson, especially the caricature comparing me to Peter Sellers in Being There [“Lot of Trouble,” November 30]. While I love gardening, I would not stay on after a house was sold to continue gardening as the Sellers character did. I was […]

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Diane Delin

The violin remains a relatively odd bird in jazz, despite the fact that its popularity as a soloing instrument predates such standbys as the alto saxophone and the vibraphone. But Chicago can count itself blessed in the matter of jazz fiddlers. Not only do we have the opportunity to hear a bona fide master of […]

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AIDS and Cancer

To the editors: I do not intend to dismiss or belittle the suffering of people who have had a beloved one succumb to cancer, or the people who are currently suffering from cancer or any other disease. I hear people say that AIDS is not important, but the point should be made that, unlike certain […]

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No Sanctuary

Street lamps light the asphalt and cement of Ashland Avenue, unexpectedly vacant even for midnight on a freezing Friday. Exhausted but watchful on the ride home from a north-side theater, I slackly pedal my bicycle south between Taylor Street and Roosevelt Road. All at once I spot a runner on the sidewalk opposite me. The […]

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Neighbor in Trouble

To the editors: As a resident of the Graceland-West Community and a mother of a 7 yr old daughter who gardens regularly with Lois–I would like to commend Roger Kerson’s article “A Lot of Trouble,” Nov. 30th Reader. The writer obviously did his homework and spent years documenting this amazing story. And what is amazing […]

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Miserable Mistake

To the editors: May I correct a gaffe that crept into the last sentence of my review of Misery [December 7]? While I originally concluded that “‘success’ in a movie of this kind mainly boils down to successful counterfeiting,” the phrase now reads, “‘success’ in a genre movie mainly boils down to successful counterfeiting”–an inadvertent […]

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Testosterone Pie

December 2. I’m at what I call “The Pie House,” actually the Bakers Square at Harlem and Foster, with my mother, who’s been reading the pie menu throughout dinner and still can’t decide. “Fresh strawberry! Damn! Wish I could have that.” Diverticulitis. Seeds are verboten. “Boysenberry. Blah. Peach? Maybe. Oh, I don’t know. Why can’t […]

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Got to Have a Baseline

To the editors: In his August 10th essay on core curricula, “What Counts as Culture?” George Lipsitz writes that “a curriculum that goes unexamined and unchanged is no help to critical thinking.” Unfortunately he spends a great deal of space attacking “neoconservatives,” rather than discussing the standards that should be used to examine curricula. However […]