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A Different Species of Sport

A headline compared ultimate fighting to cockfighting [“The Civilized Brute,” July 15]. The athletes who engage in ultimate fighting are valiant and civilized. They mutually agree to participate in a very rugged and perilous sport. Conversely, cockfighting is a heinous atrocity staged by uncivilized humans who derive pleasure from watching cruelly exploited and mistreated birds […]

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Boojie Nights

Two African-American duos perform together and separately in this bill combining clever sketch comedy and tight improv. Kevin Douglas and Inda Craig-Galvan of the politically minded Kevinda use rap to slyly dis George W. Bush and in one fantastical sketch imagine a young Condoleezza Rice telling her Black Panther father she’s a Republican. Pip Lilly […]

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Who’re You Calling Bisexual?

Why do you allow Dan Savage to spew such hateful nonsense about bisexual people [July 15]? If he were saying dismissive and disrespectful crap about people of colour or lesbians, would you allow it? Why, then, is it OK to attack bisexuals? I am the editor of a beautiful new anthology called Getting Bi: Voices […]

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Writing the Wrecord

In my review of Karen Severns and Koichi Mori’s Magnificent Obsession: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Buildings and Legacy in Japan [July 22] I said that Arata Endo was the only person with whom Wright ever agreed to share architectural credit, information I got from the documentary. But my brother Alvin Rosenbaum, author of the 1993 book […]

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The World

Suggesting at different moments a backstage musical, a failed love story, a surreal comedy, and even a cartoon fantasy, this beautiful, corrosive, visionary masterpiece by Jia Zhang-ke (2004) is a frighteningly persuasive account of the current state of the planet. Set in an eerie Beijing theme park–a kind of Chinese Las Vegas, with scaled-down duplicates […]

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Bruce Campbell

Though he proudly calls himself a B-movie actor, Bruce Campbell left the realm of the merely thespian long ago. Like William Shatner or Elvis–whom he excelled as in the criminally underrated Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)–he’s muscled his way into celluloid immortality through the sheer force of his insolent, self-deprecating persona. The concluding chapter in the Evil […]

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All My Sons

First produced in 1947, two years before Death of a Salesman, this play put Arthur Miller on the map. It’s not hard to see why. The characters are strong, the dialogue vivid, and the story, about a businessman forced to face the consequences of his corrupt practices, is lean, muscular, and moving–even in David Mink’s […]

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Mirrors

Maybe last weekend’s heat made you miserable, but to me it’s just psychedelia weather. If you can’t afford a pile of drugs to go with your trippy music, the next best thing for softening up the old brain is a natural steam bath. So thanks to the Mirrors for booking this reunion tour–in support of […]

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The Straight Dope

As a veteran consumer of butter, jam, and toast, I find it a continuing source of irritation that the side of the toast upon which I put the jam and butter is almost always the side that hits the kitchen floor when the toast slips off the plate. What I’m curious to know is, is […]