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Close My Eyes

A remarkably accomplished and beautiful second feature by English playwright Stephen Poliakoff, whose previous movie (the 1987 Hidden City) apparently hasn’t been shown in the U.S., this lyrical drama might be described as a period film about the present. The plot concerns an incestuous affair that suddenly develops between a grown brother (Clive Owen) and […]

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Broken Woman

To the editors: [Regarding “Field Day,” December 13:] How is Daniel Michalski’s aunt? Victoria Jackiw N. Pine Grove Daniel Michalski replies: Thank you for caring. My aunt was discovered by a neighboring tenant. She spent the next three days undergoing reconstructive surgery to what was left of her arms, hands, and feet. Surgical pins and […]

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The Straight Dope

What’s the straight dope on speed reading? Evelyn Wood commercials in the late 70s showed people casually zipping through impressive-looking tomes, apparently having benefited from one of Evy’s speed-reading courses. The concept, as I recall it, was that one learned to read not word-by-word but line-by-line and eventually paragraph-by-paragraph. It was claimed that in spite […]

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Make-Believe Editing

To the editors: We appreciate the mention of our magazine, Chicago Enterprise, in the commentary by Richard H. Lerner entitled “How to Save the City Colleges,” which ran in your January 24 issue. But I must point out a few inaccuracies in the reference. First off, our magazine is not published by the Chicago Association […]

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The City File

Aliteracy in action, from Cat Tales, the newsletter of Second Editions bookstore in Skokie: “A very nice lady discovered Second Editions one day while she was out shopping with a friend. While the reader was browsing, the friend stood at the counter, staring into space, and finally announced to Hope ‘I don’t like to read….I […]

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Then Came Brad

To the editors: Who voted in the Pollstar poll for best national nightclub? Had to be industry bigwigs, not real people. My husband, friends and I used to enjoy the Cubby Bear like no other club around–until Brad Altman took over [Culture Club, January 31]. It used to be a comfortable place to hang out, […]

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Perfect Duet

PERFECT DUET Black Ensemble Theatre The reeducation of someone who has forgotten the past is the premise of Jackie Taylor and Lephate Cunningham’s review of the civil rights movement, Perfect Duet. “Here it is 1992,” the man with the short memory exclaims, “and you’re still singing about ‘Freedom.’ Stop living in the past!” His companions, […]

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Field & Street

Down in the mud at the bottom of Burnham Harbor and Montrose Harbor and Calumet Harbor and all the other shallow sheltered waters along our lakefront lives a bright red worm, an animal so interesting they named it twice: Tubifex tubifex. It lives in a tube it fashions out of the bottom mud. The tube […]

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A Road Not Taken

FILMS BY HARUN FAROCKI The paradox is that Farocki is probably more important as a writer than as a filmmaker, that his films are more written about than seen, and that instead of being a failing, this actually underlines his significance to the cinema today and his considerable role in the contemporary political avant-garde. . […]

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Our Ill-Equipped Critics

To the editors: After reading Bill Wyman’s umpteenth lame attack on the band I’m in [“Pop ’91,” January 17], I’m reminded of some wise words from a local artist concerning critics in general and one in particular–“Fuck them, they’re just eunuchs in a whorehouse.” Lenny Pincus Chicago PS: Apologies to Jae, Greg, Mark, Dan, Don, […]

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Lighten Up

To the editors: For Diana Slickman of W. Winona [Letters, January 24]. Let me be the first to tell you to lighten up and get a life in which humor and satire can make your daily routine more than merely dreary and confrontational. I personally thought if anyone was demeaned in that article, it was […]