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Jonathan Kozol

Jonathan Kozol is one of this country’s few true prophets, delivering unpleasant truths about race and class that are often ignored until, say, a natural disaster hits. For 40 years he has doggedly shed light on our disparities in housing, wealth, and, most of all, public education. In Savage Inequalities: Children in America’s Schools (1991) […]

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Savage Love

I’ve been with my guy for almost eight years. He wants sex way more often than I do, but that’s because I’m not attracted to his 80-pounds-overweight body. The one time I gently broke it to him why my libido was low he acted really hurt and didn’t sleep with me for a few weeks. […]

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Bauhaus

Who’d have thunk it’d only take 25 years for the mainstream music press to change its take on Bauhaus from universal disrespect to almost unanimous reverence? This spring the band reunited to steal the show at Coachella, and now fawning magazine articles litter their path like rose petals; encouraged, the band may even put out […]

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Concocted Controversy

Re: “They’d Rather Be Lucky Than Good,” October 21: The third strike call did make A.J. Pierzynski famous or infamous, but why did the controversy really occur? First, while it happened and immediately afterward Fox Sports commentator Tim McCarver (aided by only a long-distance and ambiguous camera angle) firmly and fervently whined, “He caught the […]

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The Squid and the Whale

This big step forward by comic writer-director Noah Baumbach (Kicking and Screaming, Mr. Jealousy) is a tragicomic autobiographical account of the breakup of his parents’ marriage. The father (Jeff Daniels) and mother (Laura Linney) are both fiction writers living in Brooklyn, and their determination to remain liberated about sexual matters as they separate and divorce […]

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Select Media Festival 4

This fourth annual celebration of experimental art–four weekends of exhibits, performances, tours, and screenings–takes as its stage the “underused urban geography” of Bridgeport, or as the organizers, who also produce Lumpen magazine, call it, “the Community of the Future.” Programs are scheduled at a number of venues, mainly Texas Ballroom and Hey Cadets!, both at […]

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Blaxploitation: The Remix

MPAACT’s first-ever comedy show doesn’t lack for courage, taking on sensitive issues of race, class, and politics in 90 minutes of silly, surreal, or scathing sketches and songs. Five actors bring great attitude to scenes that tackle conservative pundit William Bennett’s linking of crime to the births of black babies, place Hurricane Katrina in historical […]

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Radiation Therapy

My profile last week of Debra Shore misstated a point in the debate among commissioners of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District on purifying Chicago River effluent. The alternative to chlorine is ultraviolet radiation, not infrared, and Shore has made it clear she favors ultraviolet. The error was mine. Christopher Hayes

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Adrian Tomine & Seth

Adrian Tomine and Seth (aka Gregory Gallant) are two of the most celebrated comic artists of the moment, both welcomed into the New Yorker’s fold while still widely adored by the fans who’ve followed their work for more than a decade. In the latest installment of Tomine’s serial Optic Nerve, a young Asian-American movie theater […]

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Snips

[snip] If you think horoscopes are bunk, you don’t have to call yourself a “non-astrologer,” writes Sam Harris on the blog the Huffington Post. “Likewise, ‘atheism’ is a term that should not even exist. Atheism is nothing more than the noises reasonable people make when in the presence of religious dogma.” –Harold Henderson | hhenderson@chicagoreader.com […]

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A Shore Thing

To the editors, Christopher Hayes’s article [“Running on Water,” October 28] found Debra Shore’s campaign to be based on optimism and generosity. But it’s not a naive optimism. Hayes’s last paragraph says, “Despite Shore’s focus on ideas and issues, the campaign isn’t likely to be decided by them.” No, it isn’t. Shore’s campaign focuses on […]

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Two Million Tongues Festival

Presented by Arthur magazine and Galactic Zoo Dossier, the Two Million Tongues Festival showcases outsider, experimental, and underground music at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western. Shows are $12 in advance and $15 the day of the show. For more information call 773-276-3600 or 800-594-8499. THURSDAY 3 9:00 Tony Conrad, Hototogisu, Miminokoto, Mountains, Amy Cargill/Tim […]