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Safety First

Mr. Rosenbaum: Mike D’Angelo (I know you lie awake at night wondering what Mike D’Angelo thinks of you) said that you have “gone off the deep end of late, interpreting innocent genre films in a bizarre neo-Marxist framework,” although you have never been a communist in your life, and if one actually READS your books […]

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Mouse on Mars

On recent albums German duo Mouse on Mars inserted conventional instruments into their matrix of rubbery, squelchy electronics, emphasizing texture and color and drifting away from their techno roots. But constant aesthetic reconfigurations are a crucial part of their approach, and on Radical Connector (Thrill Jockey) Jan St. Werner and Andi Toma have shifted again, […]

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Sons and Daughters

Adele Bethel and David Gow, founders of Sons and Daughters, first played together as part of Arab Strap’s touring band, but their new group’s songs bear little resemblance to their old employers’ miserable dirges. In fact, Bethel and bandmate Scott Paterson sound positively thrilled to be pissed off when they harmonize on “Blood,” from Sons […]

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Orange Alert

To the editor: I read these two articles on Friday [“10 freed from Cuba returned to fighting U.S.,” Chicago Tribune, October 22; “The Gitmo Riddle: How do you defend people beyond your reach from a president who seems beyond the law?,” Chicago Reader, October 22] and noted your color-saturated lead page. (Isn’t that expensive?) You […]

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Strut!

Held in Philadelphia every New Year’s Day, the Mummers Parade ranks as one of the country’s most peculiar institutions: hundreds of men from tough working-class neighborhoods inhale beer and dress up as women, wearing elaborate self-designed outfits of silk and sequins, as rival brigades compete for what one participant calls “bragging rights.” This entertaining 2001 […]

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Kopelman Quartet

Two years ago four seasoned string players, all graduates of the Moscow Conservatory during its heyday in the 70s, formed the Kopelman Quartet. First violinist Mikhail Kopelman was a founding member of the Borodin String Quartet and played with it for 20 years, then played with the Tokyo for seven. Second violinist Boris Kuschnir, a […]

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Talk to Me Like the Rain

This trio of early Tennessee Williams one-acts reveals the playwright to be a master documentarian. Each offers a finely observed, almost photographic miniature of a certain kind of down-and-out southerner: the aging traveling salesman, the half-crazy southern belle, the alcoholic outcast huddled in a dirty hotel room. Paradoxically, though, the more naturalistic Williams makes his […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story Life imitates Caddyshack: Christopher Lehan, 36, was arrested in September at the Sedgewood Golf Club in Kent, New York. Police found Lehan, a club employee, sitting on the course in a golf cart one night with a flashlight and a 20-gauge shotgun; he’d allegedly shot three skunks that had been damaging the grounds. […]

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Liked the Short List

Dear Reader editor, I’ve been an avid reader of your paper for years. I’m writing to offer my opinion on the new format your paper introduced on Friday, September 17. I have specifically used your theater section for years as a comprehensive guide to plan my theater outings. I was really disappointed to see that […]