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Posted inFilm

Capra’s Catastrophe

BROADWAY BILL *** (A must-see) Directed by Frank Capra Written by Robert Riskin and Sidney Buchman With Warner Baxter, Myrna Loy, Helen Vinson, Clarence Muse, Raymond Walburn, Walter Connolly, Margaret Hamilton, and Frankie Darro. Though it’s surely a coincidence, the theatrical rerelease of Frank Capra’s Broadway Bill and the simultaneous publication of Joseph McBride’s Frank […]

Posted inNews & Politics

Simple Economics

To the editors: Thank you for David Futrelle’s article (“The Rhetoric of Denial,” June 26). He put into words what I could only feel. For readers who missed it, I suggest you send for a copy. It’s that important. It’s one of the few times I’ve seen someone untangle the rhetorical glut in the media. […]

Posted inNews & Politics

The City File

Don’t wear your best clothes to negotiate with this guy. Community organizer Josh Hoyt, on Listening to America (Channel 11, July 28): “Maybe it’s because I’m from Chicago, but my experience is if you don’t get down in the gutter and kick and scratch and bite and claw and make your point, then nothing happens. […]

Posted inArts & Culture

Thomas Mapfumo

Just as rock and roll is built around the electric guitar, the chimurenga music originated by Zimbabwe’s Thomas Mapfumo is built around the traditional southern African mbira or thumb piano, a large gourd resonator with tuned metal strips that are plucked with the thumbs. This results in a nervously introspective music that skips along on […]

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Once in Doubt

One of the most exciting events of this season has been Remains Theatre’s importation of writer-director Raymond J. Barry, an LA-based veteran of such seminal avant-garde companies of the 60s and 70s as the Living Theatre and the Open Theatre. Barry practices theater at its most personal and revealing, and his presence has pushed the […]

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To Serve and Project

To the editors: I wonder sometimes if the editorial staff at the Reader, if such a body exists, is making an effort to alienate its female readership. If so, you’re making progress with this woman. I read, in the June 19 issue, a work of–what?–fiction, I suppose, called “Woman in Custody, Officer in Extremis.” After […]