You would think publishing this year’s Nobel winner would count for something, but Northwestern canned Susan Harris, former director of the university’s press, and is rethinking its mission.
Re: Justin Hayford’s review of The Puppet, the Poet & the Prisoner, Section Two, November 8] You haven’t a clue about thinking outside of the box. You neglected to mention a multitude of incredibly wonderful aspects of Blair Thomas’s show: The tuba that is attached to the stage, and the analog loops that traipse off […]
Over the last four or five years the world of improvised music has become infatuated with electronic sound: if a musician isn’t accompanied by someone generating muffled gurgles, high-frequency sine waves, or low-end rumbles, chances are his acoustic output’s getting fed into a laptop for real-time processing. But these experiments are old hat for a […]
Book purchasing is down and expert librarians are being transferred out of their specialities: this is the new and improved library system.
Blackglama used to run magazine ads showing venerable stars–Lauren Bacall, Pearl Bailey–swathed in its minks; the caption always read “What becomes a legend most?” That’s the question raised by Dance Chicago’s review of classics created here in the past century. Though the program is heavy on stuff from the 1990s, it also includes reconstructed pieces […]
[Re: “Go West, Loud Man,” Post No Bills, November 8] Dear Mr. Walter– Has anyone ever said to you, “Man, you are one self-absorbed motherfucker”? Malachi Ritscher Chicago
Threes, Half Cocked Productions, at the Space. Writer-director Arik Martin’s new play starts out like a tautly written episode of Law & Order, turns into something creepier and more treacherous midway through, and simply falls apart at the end. This is too bad, because Martin is a strong playwright and Half Cocked, which he cofounded, […]
We are at Starfish.
CeDell Davis was born in Helena, Arkansas, in 1929 and began to play music at an early age. But he contracted polio when he was nine years old and had to relearn the guitar: strumming with his left hand and clutching the knife he now used as a makeshift slide in his gnarled right. Davis’s […]
To the editor: I want to thank Ben Joravsky for his wonderful article (Neighborhood News, November 8) about my late husband Jon and the Saturday ball games at Crown Park in Evanston. The one missing piece to the story is the beautiful way the players behaved off the field in the weeks and months preceding […]
Our tale of teacup tragedies begins on a heath in England … 1847 Emily gave us the gothic bodice ripper; Charlotte the romance-cum-bildungsroman. But the long-neglected Anne may have been the most prophetic Bronte. Her transparently autobiographical tale of a whining governess, Agnes Grey, quietly presages the self-obsessed fiction of the future—such tough mutton, and […]
Lead Stories In September in Los Angeles, performance artists and computer gamers held a cockfight in a Chinatown basement, attracting about 200 spectators, who drank beer and wagered on the “roosters”–actually volunteers from the audience dressed in feathered rooster outfits, complete with aluminum-frame wings and beaked helmets. Despite encouragement from the crowd, players spilled only […]
Though Black Dice have never been the type of group to rip off your head and piss down your throat, a few years ago they might’ve scratched your face or busted your lip. In true Providence art-rock fashion, they’d turn the knobs on their amps all the way to the right and have at their […]
Luis Aguilera says his first book subverted stereotypes about young inner-city Latinos, but it led some critics to simply file him under “barrio.”
APPEALING TO THE PRURIENT INTEREST The Naked Employee: How Technology Is Compromising Workplace Privacy Frederick S. Lane III (AMACOM Books) The Naked Cartoonist: A New Way to Enhance Your Creativity Robert Mankoff (Black Dog & Leventhal) Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science Charles J. Wheelan (W.W. Norton) Marcel Duchamp: The Bachelor Stripped Bare Alice Goldfarb […]