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Lawyer, Indict Thyself

To the editors: Patrick Griffin’s disillusionment (“The Catcher in the Drain,” May 29) is attributed to his legal education and career, but one comes away from his article with the distinct impression that any career which the author had chosen would have resulted in a similar malaise. If one wishes to find doctors disenchanted with […]

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White Is No Green

To the editors: The May 15 feature article on Tyner White is grossly inaccurate and is a serious disservice to the Green movement and the ecological movement in general. Surely it is clear to any sane reader that a person who believes the word “come” is an advertisement for cocaine and that the word “back” […]

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Grant Park Symphony Orchestra

Aaron Copland is justly famous for his ballet music, film scores, and showy fanfares, but his reputation as America’s greatest composer also rests on his sizable output of more formal and abstract compositions. Foremost among these is his seldom-performed Third Symphony. Written in 1946, two years after Appalachian Spring, the symphony is monumentally scaled, heroic, […]

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Career Counseling

To the editors: I related to Patrick Griffin’s article “The Catcher in the Drain” [May 29] very much not because I recently graduated from law school, but because I have had a very similar experience in my “professional” training in architecture. Granted, there are aspects to the law field that are unique, but I feel […]

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Indecent Exposure

To the editors: In a July 3 response to Jeffrey Felshman’s earlier article, “Good Works” (June 19), Kevin Kitchen commented (among other loony things): “If there were ever a group of people–and I use the term loosely–who deserve whatever they get in the way of disease, it is dope addicts. They should die and leave […]

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Music of the State

MASTER CLASS Wild Life Theatre Company at the International Performance Studio I recently argued with a friend about the thorny issue of federal support for artists. He insisted that any government aid carries unacceptable conditions, and refused to make any distinction between paying soldiers to kill and writers to create–both, he said, were forms of […]

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Sleepy LaBeef

Sleepy LaBeef–barrel-chested rockabilly legend, veteran of honky-tonks and roadhouses ranging from Texas juke joints to funky New England truck stops, bull-voiced master of a repertoire of over 6,000 songs–has had a nearly fanatical following among country and roots-rock fans since his earliest recordings for such obscure Texas labels as Gulf, Finn, and Crescent, made in […]

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$11.22

He gets out of the car and I start to worry about being double-parked–the one-way street he lives on is narrow–and how I am going to get through the day. Before me is a rope that I must pull myself along, hand over hand, through time, which is more resistant than water. I can’t move. […]

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Songs of the Pogo

Fans of the late Walt Kelly’s long-running comic strip Pogo know what a keen ear Kelly had for the American vernacular and what a Joycean delight he took in playfully twisting the language until sense and nonsense were one; even the most familiar Christmas carols were transformed into absurdist hymns like “Deck us all with […]

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Future Homemakers

By 8:30 on Thursday morning the future homemakers had returned from their 6 AM, 5K “Fun Run” around Grant Park. A tall, thin girl with blond hair had a suggestion that she shared only with her fellow Illinoisans. “You know, there’s been so many ‘teen pregnancy’ and ‘safe sex’ workshops, right?” There was a little […]

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Road/What You Will, or Twelfth Night

ROAD and WHAT YOU WILL, OR TWELFTH NIGHT Roadworks Productions at the Garage The author is nearly dead. These days a playwright tends to occupy a place somewhere between producer and lighting designer, as lots of directors and actors carefully study the deconstructionist edicts that there’s no such thing as an original text and that […]

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The Sports Section

The day dawned with a blue and unsullied sky, but by game time early last Sunday afternoon, clouds extended from horizon to horizon. They were big, puffy white clouds that gave the field at Bill Veeck Stadium a dappled, shady appearance; they were bottom-heavy, dark on their undersides, but they were so spread out and […]