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Snips

[snip] “Medical justice today . . . is worse than random,” writes Jeffrey Pariser, executive director of the legal-reform group Common Good, in Legal Times (June 28). “Most errors go uncompensated. At the same time, according to a Harvard medical practice study, 80 percent of claims are made against doctors who made no medical error […]

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Light Opera Works

Arthur Sullivan had high aspirations for himself as a composer of symphonies and grand opera, but his fate will be linked forever to that of his witty librettist, William Gilbert. Gilbert and Sullivan, one of the most successful musical teams in history, created comic works that are hard to classify. They’re not exactly classical–though they […]

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When a Sticky Pollutant Is a Good Pollutant

Franz Geiger Physical/Analytical and Environmental Chemist Northwestern University Franz Geiger heads up a research group at Northwestern that uses lasers to see how tightly pollutants stick to other substances. This new field’s called environmental surface science–and research in it may help improve our groundwater. Harold Henderson: Why “surface science”? Franz Geiger: Environmental pollutants interact with […]

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Guided by Voices

Half Smiles of the Decomposed (Matador), apparently the final Guided by Voices album, contains further evidence of front man Robert Pollard’s recent conversion to production values, and the three-minute “Window of My World” is about as close as he’s ever come to writing an epic song suite. Otherwise Pollard’s going out like he came in: […]

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Beyond the Sea

For more than a decade Kevin Spacey has been trying to build a biopic around reptilian pop singer Bobby Darin (1936-’73), and his determination pays off in this glorious mess of a movie. The production numbers and nightclub showstoppers are impressive not only for Spacey’s impersonation of Darin but for their skillful evocation of musical […]

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The Snow Walker

Charles Martin Smith, who played writer Farley Mowat in the 1983 wilderness drama Never Cry Wolf, returns to the frozen north as writer and director of this engrossing 2003 Canadian feature based on Mowat’s story “Walk Well, My Brother.” A callous World War II veteran (Barry Pepper) working as a bush pilot in the Northwest […]

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Spaceways Inc.

Genius reedist Ken Vandermark formed Spaceways Inc. in 1999 with bassist Nate McBride and drummer Hamid Drake to play the music of George Clinton and Sun Ra, and as the group evolved it incorporated original material written in a similar vein. On their second album, Version Soul (2002), the trio experimented with reggae grooves, but […]