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A Tale of Winter

The second installment (1992) in Eric Rohmer’s “Tales of the Four Seasons” centers on a young Parisian woman, aptly called Felicie, who fluctuates between two suitors–a pensive local librarian and the owner of a chain of beauty salons who’s moving to Nevers and wants her and her young daughter to come live with him. But […]

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In some ways Osaka’s Boredoms are the ultimate postmodern–even post-postmodern–rock band. Like a musical Blob, their seemingly haphazard, deconstructionist punk rock voraciously consumes every style and influence it encounters. Yet rather than sound like some overloaded world-music amalgam, the Boredoms energetically take in and spit out sounds in a furious cycle of musical regeneration: noisy, […]

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America Fest

This touring showcase of youth choirs from four countries, organized by an entity called the Alliance for Arts and Understanding, is the brainchild of Carol Stewart, a respected veteran church conductor from Iowa. Its intentions are laudable–introducing kids from various countries to one another’s musical heritage–but does the confab amount to anything musically? From what […]

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More Wicked Satire

Dear editors, I wish to thank you and “An appreciative reader” for the letter published under the title “Wicked Satire” [June 17]. I am afraid that I was not as perceptive as your reader or as you the editor, and I actually took the article seriously and, with a sense of outrage, was in the […]

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The Straight Dope

According to the attached article, AIDS activists are concerned about unsafe sex at a gathering of eunuchs in India. Could you please elaborate on what sexual abilities eunuchs have? –F.T., Danbury, Connecticut F.T. encloses the following item from Chuck Shepherd’s News of the Weird column: “In April an AIDS activist organization in Madras, India, made […]

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Industrial Revolutionaries

AMM GENERATIVE THEMES THE INEXHAUSTIBLE DOCUMENT NEWFOUNDLAND (MATCHLESS) In London during the mid-60s, the seeds were sown for a second industrial revolution. Industrial music, the new genre so dubbed a decade later by Throbbing Gristle (who named their short-lived record label Industrial Records), opened its Pyrex eyes, stretched its cranelike arms, and yawned a deep, […]

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Shame on Medill

Dear editor: I read with special interest the Hot Type piece on Jack Hafferkamp in the June 24 issue. Jack was my intro professor at Medill during the winter 1993 quarter, and I have only good things to say about him and his teaching methods. Jack’s support and encouragement were part of what got me […]

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The City File

“Think of the universe as a loaf of raisin bread,” says U. of C. cosmologist David Schramm in Chronicle (June 9). “And we’re one of the raisins. No matter where that raisin is in the universe of bread, all of the other raisins are moving away from it as the loaf is rising. That’s the […]

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Just Plain Funny

To the editor: As a longtime Bill Wyman basher (most of my letters to the Reader begin, “Bill, you ignorant slut!”), I was out and out stunned by June 24th’s Hitsville. Not to mince words, Bill’s “If O.J. had been a rock star” piece was just plain funny. I can only hope it made Steve […]

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Villian the Blank

* BLOWN AWAY (Has redeeming facet) Directed by Stephen Hopkins Written by Joe Batteer, John Rice, and M. Jay Roach With Jeff Bridges, Tommy Lee Jones, Lloyd Bridges, Forest Whitaker, Suzy Amis, John Finn, and Stephi Lineburg. In the Roy Rogers westerns I saw as a kid, I could always figure out in a flash […]

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Lies and Falsehoods

Dear editors: You owe your readers an explanation for printing the ad featuring Mayor Daley’s picture on Section 1, page 38 of the June 24, 1994, issue. Does your advertising policy allow for ads that are as blatantly anti-Semitic as this one? Of course, “J. Johnson,” the supposed author of this ad, provides himself with […]