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The Straight Dope

I always thought that paper (among other things) could be either “new” or “recycled.” Apparently, however, there are at least three categories of recycledness: new, recycled, and “postconsumer” recycled paper, which is what certain fast-food and greeting-card companies say they use in modest quantities. What is postconsumer recycled paper? How can recycled paper be anything […]

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More on Mengele

To the editors: I would like to thank Mr. John Conroy and the Chicago Reader for tackling the complex story of Josef Mengele [November 26], and for trying to untangle the cover-up of the investigation of the, so-called, Mengele bones. I am very troubled that the article gives too much credibility to the Justice Department […]

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The City File

“Free speech absolutism is at best a theology–indeed, a theology in which no one really believes,” writes U. of C. law professor Cass R. Sunstein in the New Republic (December 6). “Often regulation of speech is perfectly acceptable; consider again the laws governing perjury, attempted bribery, false commercial speech, unlicensed medical and legal advice, criminal […]

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Why Writers Leave Chicago

To the editors: Your article on the state of Chicago’s literary situation [“Reading: Where Publishers Perish,” December 3] was rather silly, actually. Everyone wants to leave the small town they were brought up in, particularly artists and writers, and Chicago has always prided itself on its provincialism. The other reason Chicago has bred writers but […]

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Before Alexander Scriabin took his love for theosophy and mysticism and developed it midway in his career into a style that’s been called “impressionist atonality,” the Russian composer and pianist was under the heavy spell of Chopin and Liszt. His early works for piano solo are modeled after Chopin down to their titles; his first […]

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PC Shakespeare

I was brought up, as I would bet most of us were, with a couple of specific verities–tolerance for the opinions of others and the understanding that if you really don’t like something that’s presented to you, and you have the opportunity to, you can always turn the page (change the channel, leave the room, […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Sory Police in Taylorsville, North Carolina, arrested three women for a one-night shoplifting binge on August 13. One woman was charged with smuggling a VCR out of a Western Auto store in the waistband of her shorts, and another was accused of walking out of a different store with 57 packs of cigarettes stuffed […]

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Oleanna

One of 1993’s best productions–and probably its most provocative–Michael Maggio’s staging of David Mamet’s controversial play has grown enormously in sly effectiveness since its opening last September. The main reason is Daniel Mooney’s much-improved performance as a put-upon college professor whose career crashes around him when a student accuses him of being elitist, sexist, and […]

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An Evening in Old Town

AN EVENING IN OLD TOWN at Centre East, Studio B Jim Post did not gain his reputation as the longest-working musician in town by knuckling under to scenic or biological mishaps. So when 40 fans turned out on New Year’s night–traditionally one of the slowest for show business–to see him at the bunkerlike studio at […]