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“Useful” Deaths?

Mr. Miner, In discussing the costs and benefits of the U.S. invasion/occupation, and the intentions and reconsiderations of those on both sides of the issue [Hot Type, January 6], you (and many others) neglect to mention the tens of thousands of Iraqi citizens killed and tens of thousands more wounded. Any discussion about the war […]

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The House That Swift Built

Jonathan Swift was a mass of contradictions. An Irishman desperate for a place in English government, he ended up championing Irish rights against English mismanagement. A misanthrope, he served as dean of a Dublin cathedral for 30 years. A rationalist, he descended into madness. In Russian playwright Gregory Gorin’s fantasy, Swift’s death is staged each […]

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The Treatment

Friday 13 ANTHRAX This venerable metal act has put out five best-of albums since 1998, so I’m beginning to suspect these guys realize their main value now is historic; Anthrology: No Hit Wonders (1985-1991) (Island), released in September as both a DVD and a two-CD set, is the current shameless repackaging of their most influential […]

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Marty Stuart

Few country artists have tastes as catholic as Marty Stuart’s–he’s been a custodian of southern musical traditions since he was a child. He started playing country gospel music with the Sullivan Family in 1971, when he was 12; a year later he was playing mandolin with bluegrass legend Lester Flatt, and in 1980 he joined […]

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Rehash of a Whitewash

Thanks for critiquing the Chicago Tribune’s lame “Road to War” series, which was purported to be an analytical reexamination of how we got into such a messy situation in Iraq [Hot Type, January 6]. A better title for the series would have been “Rehash of a Whitewash.” How can any journalist still give Bush & […]

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Barefoot in the Park

This is a sweet, solid retelling of Neil Simon’s story about an attorney and his free-spirited bride adjusting to marriage in a tiny Greenwich Village walk-up. Committing 100 percent to every wacky moment, each actor brings a distinctive energy to the mix. Rod Thomas as husband Paul plays dependable straight man to Elizabeth Ledo’s Corie, […]

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War’s Uncounted Costs

As someone who supported the war for mostly different reasons than the Tribune [Hot Type, January 6], and who now believes he was mistaken, I’d offer a different analysis. If the United Nations was to be believed, the prewar policy of “containing” Saddam Hussein was killing approximately 50,000 Iraqi kids per year. Even before 9/11, […]

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Council Follies

Thank you for printing Ben Joravsky’s article regarding the complete and total blundering of the smoking ban by Mayor Daley and the Chicago City Council [The Works, December 30]. It was one of the few clear and no-nonsense views of the debate. As a bartender, I fought hard for the support of the full ban. […]

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Thank God for Hip-Hop Film Festival & Action Conference

Presented by Kennedy-King College and the Chicago Local Organizing Committee for the 2006 National Hip-Hop Political Convention, this series of screenings, lectures, and panel discussions continues Friday through Sunday, January 13 through 15, at Kennedy-King College, 6800 S. Wentworth. For more information visit www.chiloc.com/events.html. FRIDAY 13 R One Week Columbia College graduates Carl Seaton and […]