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International Man of Mystery

Since Edgar Allan Poe invented the modern mystery story in 1841, everyone from Nobel Prize winners to functional illiterates have tried their hands at the form, creating everything from brilliant literature to unreadable tripe. But few stories have even remotely resembled the works of Harry Stephen Keeler. In his 50-odd–make that quite odd–mysteries, the Chicagoan […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories In June the U.S. Supreme Court let stand a 1998 decision upholding the privacy rights of James Anderson of Duluth, Georgia, who allegedly took videos sent to him as part of a child-pornography sting operation to his workplace. Child-porn photos found in Anderson’s home were used as evidence in his trial, but the […]

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In Dreams Begin Responsibilities

Eyes Wide Shut Rating **** Masterpiece Directed by Stanley Kubrick Written by Kubrick and Frederic Raphael With Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Sydney Pollack, Marie Richardson, Madison Eginton, Todd Field, Julienne Davis, Vinessa Shaw, Rade Sherbedgia, Leelee Sobieski, and Abigail Good. Writing about Eyes Wide Shut in Time, Richard Schickel had this to say about its […]

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Petty Crime

June 25, 8:45 PM, 4200 block of North Lincoln. Robbery. Man with gun entered grocery store and ordered employee at service desk to hand over money. Robber and employee talked for a few minutes. Robber decided not to take money after all and left. Victim waited until next morning to report crime because, she told […]

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Sex Driven

One Flea Spare Naked Eye Theatre Company at the Goodman Theatre By Carol Burbank Playwright Naomi Wallace may be one of the few awardees whose work merits the popular nickname of her MacArthur fellowship: the “genius grant.” Her remarkable plays combine Brecht’s confrontation of the audience with Ibsen’s brutal realism and Chekhov’s comic sense of […]

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New Rose Hotel

It’s not at all surprising that Abel Ferrara’s most recent feature (1998) has failed to find an American distributor or that some of his most eloquent defenders have labeled this transgressive adaptation of a William Gibson story the collapse of a major talent. A murky and improbable tale about prostitution, industrial espionage, and manufactured viruses, […]

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Richard III

Scott Parkinson may be only 29, but he deserves a lifetime achievement award for his portrayal of Richard III in Shakespeare on the Green’s current production–most actors need a lifetime to achieve this level of sophistication and cunning. As Shakespeare’s misshapen misanthrope–willing to flatter, woo, or behead anybody who stands in his way–Parkinson struts about […]

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Folk Tales

By Bill Mahin “Folksingers are boring,” Andrew Calhoun declares in a song of the same name. But his send-up reveals a fundamental predicament for performers like himself: Folk music may not have a great beat and you can’t always dance to it. But, Calhoun argues, the stories are often terrific. Most folksingers are excellent storytellers. […]

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Romeo and Juliet

ROMEO AND JULIET, Griffin Theatre Company, and Romeo and Juliet, Blindfaith Theatre Company, at Holy Covenant United Methodist Church. A detailed note in Griffin Theatre Company’s program acquaints us with the political situation in 1939 Italy, but since Romeo and Juliet is really just a tale of star-crossed lovers, all we need to know is […]

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The Times They Are A-Changin’

When the venerable Old Town School of Folk Music opened its new headquarters last fall, few knew the future of folk music was under debate. But the genre that gripped generations in the 1950s and ’60s is being reinvented in the ’90s. What do we mean now when we talk about folk music? The new […]

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Colombia’s Best-Kept Secret

Colombia’s Best-Kept Secret While studying video at the School of the Art Institute about five years ago, Claudia Navas-Courbon stumbled on a part of her native Colombia she’d never known growing up in Bogota. Also an aspiring poet, she was looking for inspiration when she began reading obscure late-19th-century Colombian novelists like Tomas Carrasquilla and […]

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Savage Love

I am a 17-year-old girl who doesn’t believe in casual sex. While all of my friends are relishing the thought of doing it at college, I’ve made the decision not to have sex until marriage. I’ve had the opportunity to have sex many times and have rejected all of them. I’m not asking for advice […]