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Big Problem

Dear Reader: I hope you paid Erin Hogan well for her brave article (“Jerked Around,” October 27), since that seems to be the only compensation she will get for her diligent pursuit of justice. She deserves credit for her persistence, and especially for taking the time to write her story. I would like her to […]

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The City File

“It’s a common assumption that people are not convinced about the importance of vaccinations,” says Dr. Cai Glushak of the University of Chicago Hospitals Pediatric Immunization Program, quoted in the Joyce Foundation’s October report “Testing Strategies to Raise Immunization Rates.” “But we didn’t find that” in CHA’s Robert Taylor Homes. “Instead, we found that parents […]

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Unreadable Reader

To the editor: Section One’s new layout stinks. Why move Letters and the Straight Dope to page three? The only explanation I can guess is ads, ads, ads. The new pale typeface and jumpy layouts for Hot Type and Neighborhood News let them fade away . . . rendering them nearly unreadable. By contrast, advertising […]

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Kate MacKenzie

Although Twin Cities bluegrass singer Kate MacKenzie has long fronted the group Stoney Lonesome on Garrison Keillor’s radio show–and even played with them at Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall–it wasn’t until the release of last year’s terrific solo outing Let Them Talk (Red House) that she stepped out to perform on her own. […]

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Detective Story

In Pact Theatre Company, Organic Theater Company Greenhouse, Lab Theater. Detective James McLeod rules his universe with an iron will, showing no mercy to those he considers criminal despite warnings from his colleagues that the world is more complex than he perceives it to be. So when the human frailty McLeod refuses to tolerate in […]

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The Real Hero

I would like to add two footnotes to the brilliant two-part history of Big Table [“Naked Censorship,” September 29 and October 6]. First, Daily News columnist Jack Mabley never considered his audience to be the university but rather Charlie Six-Packs. His attempt to impune “beat writing” was a hack columnist’s attempt at narcissistic overreaching. In […]

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Organ Grinder

Medeski, Martin, and Wood Elbo Room, October 27 Tradition is a perennial topic of debate among jazz musicians and listeners. Some wield their narrow definitions like clubs, seeking to drive off any who disagree. Others might argue for more inclusive interpretations as a way to legitimize their commercial enterprises (“smooth” jazz is an obvious example, […]

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Mabley Speaks

To the Reader: I seem to be the villain in the Reader article titled “Naked Censorship” [September 29 and October 6]. Phrases applied to me and my 1958 column about the Chicago Review included “simpleminded,” “weird, fascinating aberration,” anti-intellectual Philistine, “sensationalism,” “just a simp,” “excited,” “coy.” Hot Type [September 29] joined in with “hysterical.” Writer […]

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Mark Dresser Trio

Of the participants in the Knitting Factory’s Loud Music Silent Film project, bassist Mark Dresser is, in strictly musical terms, perhaps the most exciting and developed. He has scored the silent German expressionist classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, directed by Robert Wiene, with exceptional skill, managing to capture an eerie, haunting feeling that’s at […]

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Big Deal

Poor little Erin. My heart so breaks for you. Not. Never before have I read a more pitiful, self-indulgent writ of martyrdom as “Jerked Around”: The Erin E. Hogan story [October 27]. Next on Geraldo. Why did she want this story printed? Does she want us to feel compassion for her . . . empathy […]

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Radio Dinosaurs

Dear Editor, WHAT!?! You had a Q-101 staff member write an article about a subject where he is already so highly prejudiced [Hitsville, September 1]? No wonder the article was so bitter! Q-101, like that geek in high school, tries so hard to be hip but always seems so phony. Even “Pearl Jam” blasted them […]