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Version>05: Invincible Desire

Select, Lumpen magazine, and Public Media Institute produce this annual festival, now in its fourth year, focusing on art, media, technology, and politics, with an emphasis on work generated by underground and activist communities. This year’s festival runs through Sunday, May 1, and includes neighborhood walks, workshops on urban gardening and exterior decoration, and numerous […]

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Buy Local

I work for a small daily newspaper in Wisconsin. If pressed to answer honestly, I’d say I don’t believe most of the stories that appear in the NYT, WSJ, or Chicago Tribune [Hot Type, April 22]. My lack of faith comes from newspapers’ continual focus on institutional power, their inability to challenge authority, and their […]

Posted inColumns & Opinion

Savage Love

Dear Readers: I’m proud to finally present my long-delayed column devoted to advice for Girls Also Longing and other 15-year-olds. What do the women who read Savage Love know now that they wish they’d known then? You can read all about it below. But before I open the girl-power spigot, I wanna get something off […]

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Ghulam Ali & Talat Aziz

Originating in Persia, the style of Hindustani vocal music called ghazal migrated to India in the 12th century. Ghazals are mostly love songs (the word means “to talk amorously with women”) built around formal Urdu couplets, with five or more stanzas that twist and turn but always come back to the same rhyme. Ghulam Ali, […]

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Shocking. So much bull crap, such little space. I was under the impression that Maxworks was a certified cooperative and that its members owned the property of 717 W. Maxwell St., including its founder, Mr. Tyner White. Now with one flip article [The Business, April 8], years of agonizing and heroic court battles with city, […]

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[snip] The real ownership society. “In 1993, 72 percent of all applications from black home buyers resulted in loans,” writes Kimbriell Kelly in the Chicago Reporter, after surveying federal records for Chicago. “In 2003, just 48 percent did.” [snip] Questionable priorities. David Swanson writes in Rolling Stone that if Congress raises the maximum FCC “indecency” […]

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Skepticism Increasing With Age

“In other words, it’s among the people who’ve spent a lifetime with traditional media that we now find the largest numbers who don’t trust them. This could mean that the media have begun doing things terribly wrong. It could also mean a lot more people now dismiss out of hand media they’re unfamiliar with. When […]

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Winnifred Birts

Winnifred Birts didn’t want to leave Rogers Park, but in December her building went condo. She was riding the bus crying when another passenger asked her what was wrong. When Birts told her, the bus rider said, “Girl, go talk to my landlord. They’re pretty good, and they take Section 8.” Birts considers her new […]

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The Seeds of Distrust

Mr. Miner: The statistics you cite make perfect sense to me [Hot Type, April 22]. And it’s all about local news. I talk to people of all ages, and often the conversation turns to things in the newspaper. For most people, only every few years do they see an article in the paper about something […]

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Ten Skies

This 16-millimeter experimental feature (2004) by James Benning consists of ten upward views from a stationary camera, each ten minutes long and filmed with sync sound from his backyard in southern California. I expected something minimalist, but in fact this is remarkably full–a mesmerizing study in time, light, movement, and moisture that traces the shifting […]