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Friend of Israel

To the editors: I am writing to you in response to your July 9 article “Enemy of Israel?” I personally had a bitter taste left in my mouth after being a “Volunteer for Israel” in the days just prior to “Desert Storm” becoming a hot war. I worked in a hospital in the Jaffa section […]

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Secondhand Woes

To the editors: Hazel Thornton (Letters, July 9) has a point; the sale of used CDs does deprive recording artists of their rightful revenues and we should boycott stores that sell used CDs (or used records and tapes, for that matter). Carrying the logic one step further, we should boycott stores that sell used artworks […]

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That Darned Antichrist

Though it has never been as popular as Coed Prison Sluts (still running after all these years), That Darned Antichrist is in many ways a more successful comedy, and not just because it has a funnier title. Created in 1990 as a follow-up to Prison Sluts, Antichrist is a more mature, more deeply layered work. […]

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Enemies of Israel

To the editors: Your July 9 article titled “Enemy of Israel?” may have been one family’s story, but it followed the very typical media slant. What happened in the Soviet Union fits the prescribed boundaries of what is kosher to write about concerning the Jews. It is like signing a statement denouncing all Jews as […]

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Paul Westerberg

“You want it that bad / [To] be a world class fad / You better leave a trail of crumbs / . . . Remember where you started from.” These words, chorus to the centerpiece of Paul Westerberg’s first solo album, 14 Songs, are merely the former Replacement’s latest essay on the perils of stardom, […]

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Searching for Bobby Fischer

One of the craftiest and most satisfying pieces about gender politics to come along in ages–all the more crafty because audiences are encouraged to see it simply as a movie about a seven-year-old chess genius, based on Fred Waitzkin’s nonfiction book about his son Josh. Very well played (with Max Pomeranc especially good as Josh), […]

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It’s Chronic

To the editors: J. Weintraub’s recent article, “Why They Call It the Second City,” is a commendable piece of journalism, well researched and well executed [July 30]. The article is balanced in its analysis of A.J. Liebling’s New Yorker polemics, the sad state of Chicago due to the depression (and World War II), and the […]

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White Nights/Not I/Krapp’s Last Tape/Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll

WHITE NIGHTS and NOT I Cascando Productions at Cafe Voltaire KRAPP’S LAST TAPE Carpe Noctem Productions at Transient Theatre SEX, DRUGS, ROCK & ROLL Carpe Noctem Productions at Transient Theatre If there’s one playwright whose work can’t transcend a half-baked performance, it’s Samuel Beckett. There are authors whose words and visual images can overpower the […]

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The Brides

THE BRIDES Rococo Rodeo at Live Bait Theater Harry Kondoleon’s The Brides is a puzzling piece of work. It weaves around like an epic and sometimes incoherent poem, glorying in its own wordplay, veering with startling speed from pretentious reverie to pragmatic observation, leaving plenty of room for personal interpretation by director, actors, and audience […]

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Inclusion Confusion

To the editors: “Out of Exile and Into Oblivion?” by Robert McClory (July 16) was a perceptive, in-depth article on a national movement which is having a strong impact on children with disabilities–the movement to include them with their nondisabled peers in education and other areas of their daily lives. Although the statements which are […]

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Imaginary NPR

To the editors: When I saw Glenn Garvin’s piece [“How Do I Hate NPR?,” June 25] attacking NPR as a constant stream of propaganda for the Democratic Party, I knew something was wrong. FAIR’s study of NPR, rather bizarrely cited by Garvin as corroboration for his thesis, found that, if anything, NPR has a fetish […]

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Calendar Photo Caption

This painting, Methadon Bus, is part of Hugo Kaagman’s “Kaagware” series: blue-and-white canvases that look a lot like old delftware, only with images of hypodermic needles and housing projects mixed in with the windmills and canals. Kaagman’s one of the ten young (under 40) Dutch artists represented in “NetherArt: A Dutch Response to the Nineties,” […]