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The City File

The price tags on waste. According to spokesmen for WMX (aka Waste Management), the net costs per ton of recycling, landfilling, and incinerating municipal wastes are roughly the same. (The following figures can vary by up to $40 either way.) Recycling costs $175 per ton and generates revenues of $72 per ton (up from around […]

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Hoop Dreams

This epic, compulsively watchable 169-minute documentary about two Chicago inner-city basketball whizzes, William Gates and Arthur Agee, striving to land the grades and the scholarships to make it to the big time (and stay there) is a heady dose of the American Dream and the American nightmare combined–a numbing investigation of how one point on […]

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Allusion Profusion

*** ED WOOD (A must-see) Directed by Tim Burton Written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski With Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker, Patricia Arquette, Jeffrey Jones, Bill Murray, Lisa Marie, George “The Animal” Steele, and Vincent D’Onofrio. *** PULP FICTION (A must-see) Directed and written by Quentin Tarantino With John Travolta, Samuel L. […]

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Field & Street

Aliens are crawling all over the place. They are burrowing into the body of our native land. They are nesting in its gut, clotting its arterioles, replacing the flesh of the land with their own. Wherever the land is disturbed, and our land is certainly disturbed, aliens deposit their seed and burst out with maggoty […]

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The Sea & Cake

The Sea and Cake is one of the most refreshing bands to appear on the local rock scene in a long time. Band members Sam Prekop, Eric Claridge, John McEntire, and Archer Prewitt have past or ongoing associations with wayward local outfits like Shrimp Boat, the Coctails, and Gastr del Sol, so it’s no surprise […]

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Garland Green

R & B vocalist Garland Green made his name in the late 60s as one of the most eloquent purveyors of Chicago “soft soul,” a style that mixed pop romanticism with sensuality and longing. Unlike some other soft-soul artists, however, Green–who spent his childhood singing spirituals in Mississippi–never sacrificed his emotional intensity. Though he followed […]

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CD Economics

To the editors: I’m not an economics major, either, but perhaps I can be of some help to M. Vogelsburg, who seems bewildered about the price of compact discs [Letters, September 30]. He or she would probably be astonished to learn that while the price of a cantaloupe is anywhere from 50 cents to more […]