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True Terrorists

To the editor: Help me out here–was John Conroy’s Reader article about Aaron Patterson (“Pure Torture,” 12/3/99) supposed to render John and Mary Q. Public sympathetic toward this thug-ass criminal? Why did you waste all of that newsprint on this one-man crime wave who has spent his entire privileged life making the lives of others […]

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Michael Zerang & Hamid Drake

MICHAEL ZERANG & HAMID DRAKE Whether powering the Brotzmann Chicago Tentet as that free-jazz jumbo jet gets airborne or entangling themselves in long, loose saxophone lines as two-thirds of a trio with tenor hero Fred Anderson, percussionists Hamid Drake and Michael Zerang have spent the last decade forging an extraordinary understanding of one another–the sort […]

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The Emperor and the Assassin

Historical spectaculars tend to fall into two broad categories: myths of origin (Cecil B. De Mille’s 1923 and 1956 versions of The Ten Commandments) and more ponderous inquiries into the hero’s personality (Eisenstein’s Ivan the Terrible, Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia). Chen Kaige’s massive 161-minute epic about the unification of China, accomplished by its first emperor […]

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Him

HIM On his previous recordings as Him, percussionist Doug Scharin has conducted expansive experiments in dub: steady bass lines and his loose-limbed rhythms provided a framework for everything from spaced-out reggae licks to Middle Eastern textures. But compared to the new Sworn Eyes (Perishable), those records were positively rigid. This time out, Scharin’s support cast […]

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The Best Car Money Can Buy

Everybody hates HMOs. They’re inflexible, they deny care, they turn medical professionals into bean counters. Conceived decades ago as a way to focus on preventing illness, they now dump the sick. But is it possible that everybody’s wrong? Could it be that what’s wrecking American health care isn’t HMOs but the profit motive driving many […]

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Pharoahe Monch

PHAROAHE MONCH As a member of Organized Konfusion, rapper Pharoahe Monch has been acclaimed by the hip-hop faithful for most of the decade, but not until he released Internal Affairs (Rawkus) a few months ago did he finally get the sales to match his skills. On his current hit single, “Simon Says,” he even jokes […]

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Letter to the Editor

Dear Mr. Miner, In your Hot Type column of November 26, 1999, you said that the controversy over the selection of Ivan Rodriguez as AL MVP would have been avoided “if baseball writers had agreed beforehand about what they were voting on.” According to reliable and insightful baseball columnist Rob Neyer (and other sources), the […]

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Assault On the Senses

OR Dumb Type at the Museum of Contemporary Art, December 9-12 By Justin Hayford If you missed Dumb Type at the Museum of Contemporary Art last weekend, you may not have a chance to make up for your folly: the likelihood of seeing this Kyoto-based performance collective in Chicago again is slim. Formed in 1984, […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories Life imitates Weekend at Bernie’s: In November government officials in East London, South Africa, thwarted an attempt by two men and a woman to register a corpse for pension benefits. According to the South African Press Association, the three took the recently deceased man (who they said was merely ill) to a pension […]