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Savage Love

Hey, Faggot: I want to ask you to please NOT PRINT this letter. Help me out here, seriously. I’m a straight male who’s been told I should be a model. When I look through magazines, judging from other so-called models, I don’t think I’d have any problems. Thing is, I desperately want to pose nude–that’s […]

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Not Edited for Length

heinz.qxd “A Radical’s Lament,” the good letter from Hank Oettinger [April 24], focuses our attention on an overlooked form of literature: the letter to the editor. I have never seen any recognition of this art form since many years ago when the Daily News profiled Mr. Oke G. Pamp, an independent editorial champion of that […]

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Warhawks and Lindberghs

Warhawks and Lindberghs, Shattered Globe Theatre. Playwright Jim McDermott obviously took some small liberties in order to condense three decades of the tumultuous life of American aviator Charles Lindbergh into a compact dramatic package. The problem with WarHawks and Lindberghs, however, lies not in the accuracy of its re-creations but in McDermott’s refusal to assess […]

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Sonic Youth

Sonic Youth Sonic Youth have been negotiating a tense accord between pop and art since 1982, when they first welded sheets of Branca-esque guitar noise to a rock ‘n’ roll chassis to create their mind-blowing debut EP. On each album after that, to the disappointment of some and the delight of others, they increasingly emphasized […]

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Bye-Bye, Barrio

katz.qxd Dear editor, Linda Lutton’s piece “Will Development Bury the Barrio?” [April 24], detailed though it is, is unfortunately just a repetition of an old argument against the free-market system of real estate. Whatever the flaws may be in our economic system, it is the riches that this system produces that draw the people she […]

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Little Murderers

Wolf Lullaby Steppenwolf Theatre Company By Adam Langer What gets lost in all the media coverage and national hand-wringing about preteen murderers, playground shooting sprees, and purportedly lost innocence is that childhood savagery is hardly a new phenomenon. Though things seem to have gotten grislier over the past decade, there have always been grade school […]

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Sports Section

Michael Jordan’s most fearsome weapon isn’t his jump shot or his dunk or even his defense; it’s his sixth sense for when a game can be seized and pocketed, even when he and the Bulls aren’t playing well. Though it’s commonly referred to as his killer instinct, I don’t believe there is anything instinctive about […]

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Truth Fatifies Fiction

plous.qxd To the editor: Michael G. Glab’s “Growing Up Strange” [May 1] made a tremendous impression on me, but I was halfway through it before I realized why: the transformation of Billy Frosch of Hillsdale, Michigan, into the sword-swallowing, fire-eating freak-show impresario William Darke is eerily parallel to the evolution of Magnus Eisengrim, the world’s […]

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Achim Wollscheid

ACHIM WOLLSCHEID Achim Wollscheid is a multimedia artist from Frankfurt, Germany, and even though what he makes is not really music, some of it just happens to function on a musical level. Much like Markus Popp’s work as Oval, Wollscheid’s art is concerned with creating systems–of sound, of lighting, of movement–rather than delivering a specific […]

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Spot Check

MARCIA BALL BAND 5/15 & 16, FITZGERALD’S “Long tall Marcia Ball,” a 15-year veteran of the southern roots-music scene, struck it rich again last year with Let Me Play With Your Poodle (Rounder), a slab of sprightly piano-based New Orleans R & B inspired by the Tampa Red title tune. (In a nice twist on […]

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Cannanes

CANNANES Like anything that’s been left out too long, indie rock has gotten pretty stale: the seven-inch bins are clogged with enough dreary, inept, and unambitious records (is anyone holding his breath for the next Vehicle Flips disc?) to make me wish the pressing plants would double their prices. It takes a visit from a […]

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Apples and Oranges

terry.qxd Ted Cox’s Reader article (5-1-98) keeps up the irritating tradition of white sportswriters making racist and odious comparisons of the career of Babe Ruth to that of the careers of superstar black athletes to put the black athlete down. In some weird way, he finds Michael Jordan’s first game of the 1998 playoffs with […]

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Anyone Can Play

Cannanes By Douglas Wolk When the Cannanes arrive here from Australia this weekend for the first dates of their third U.S. tour, longtime fans will notice a rather significant difference in the lineup from the last time around: David Nichols, who was the sole remaining founder of the band, has left, apparently for good. Now, […]