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By Rob Brezsny

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Big opportunities are coming up for you. Even if you cash in on them, though, they aren’t likely to make an immediate practical impact. They are subtle and deep, these prospects. They have the potential of catalyzing monumental shifts in your long-term unfolding, but will take a while to transform your day-to-day rhythm. So what are these openings? Here are my guesses: 1. You could root out a bad seed that got embedded in your subconscious mind before you knew any better. 2. You could reinterpret the meaning of certain turning points in your past, thereby revising the flow of your life story. 3. You could forgive yourself for an old sin you thought you’d never let go of. 4. You could receive a friendly shock that will diminish some sadness you’ve carried for a long time. Read the rest of this entry »

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By Rob Brezsny

ARIES (March 21-April 19): In the coming days, many of your important tasks will be best accomplished through caginess and craftiness. Are you willing to work behind the scenes and beneath the surface? I suspect you will have a knack for navigating your way skillfully and luckily through mazes and their metaphorical equivalents. The mists may very well part at your command, revealing clues that no one else but you can get access to. You might also have a talent for helping people to understand elusive or difficult truths. Halloween costume suggestions: spy, stage magician, ghost whisperer, exorcist. Read the rest of this entry »

Dime Stories: Hud’s Girl

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By Tony Fitzpatrick

In the cinematic  pantheon of  scumbags, louses and all-around rotten motherfuckers, Hud Bannon ranks  right up there with the worst of them. He is amoral, unprincipled, selfish and brutish. He spends most of his time chasing all of the available tail in his Texas Cow-town. He is a  lousy brother, uncle and son; a loathsome ass-wipe who would sell cattle with  hoof and mouth disease in order to preserve his inheritance. As played by Paul Newman, his charm is damned near SO disarming we almost let Hud off the hook. It is to Newman’s credit  that he allows himself to be such an awful man. When Hud forces himself on Patricia Neal’s Alma, we rightly hate him and keep on hating him through the end of the movie.

Newman’s work is bookended by performances that steal the movie from him—the late, great Patricia Neal, and the towering Melvyn Douglas, both of whom won Oscars for their work in this magnificent American film. The film “Hud,” is one of my favorite movies; directed by the profoundly humane Martin Ritt, from Larry McMurtry’s novel “Horseman, Pass By”one of those  enterprises that tried to capture the mid-century American West like “The Misfits” and “Lonely Are the Brave”—a cowboy movie informed by the twentieth century where all chivalry is dead and the lessons of the Depression and the Dust Bowl are still fresh in people’s minds. Read the rest of this entry »

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By Rob Brezsny

ARIES (March 21-April 19): When Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro laid waste to Peru in 1532, his soldiers found green stones on the land. Were they emeralds? A priest who was traveling with them gave them bad advice. He said that the way to determine whether they were merely colored glass or else precious gems was to test their hardness by pounding them with hammers. In this manner, many actual emeralds were shattered into fragments. Learn from this mistake, Aries. Make sure you recognize treasures for what they are. And don’t force them to submit to unwise tests that misconstrue their true nature. Read the rest of this entry »

Dime Stories: The Tool

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By Tony Fitzpatrick

On occasion, in life, one meets the irredeemable shithead.

The asshole’s asshole. The pork-sword who cannot find his better self—or get out of his own way. The art world is fairly littered with them. The slack-jawed dipshit, who is convinced they know a lot more than they do.

The Tool.

I remember the first time I heard this word used to cast aspersion. I was fifteen and I lied about my age to get a job at the local Taco Bell in Lombard, Illinois, which believe me, is its own punishment. Read the rest of this entry »

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By Rob Brezsny

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Ten percent of all sexually suggestive text messages are delivered to the wrong number. Take precautions to make sure you’re not among that ten percent in the coming weeks. It will be extra important for you to be scrupulous in communicating about eros and intimacy. The stakes will be higher than usual. Togetherness is likely to either become more intensely interesting or else more intensely confusing—and it’s largely up to you which direction it goes. For best results, express yourself clearly and with maximum integrity. Read the rest of this entry »

Mr. Tea: Congressman Joe Walsh Pities the Fools Who Doubt his Populist Anger

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By Eric Lutz

The front line in the war for the American dream, it turns out, is here, at Fox Run Golf Links in Elk Grove Village. Go figure. Joe Walsh, the freshman congressman from Illinois’ eighth district, a Tea Party Republican who rode a wave of anti-incumbent fury to the United States House of Representatives in 2010, is leading the charge for one side. He’s trim, handsome, charismatic and, to the seventy or so people in attendance at tonight’s town hall, the only thing standing between them and Obamacare and anti-business Democrats and job-stealing illegal immigrants and radical Muslims and political correctness and an assortment of other evils aided and abetted by the political left.

“This country is literally going through a revolution… a down-on-our-knees, hand-to-hand fight over the soul of America,” Walsh tells his supporters, who nod their heads in concern. Read the rest of this entry »

Dime Stories: Stella

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By Tony Fitzpatrick

When you hang around New Orleans long enough, eventually you run into someone with a Tennessee Williams story. He lived there for a long time as a young man. His plays and repartee would have one believe that he lived in the Quarter and was part of that milieu. The truth is, early on, he lived out by Elysian Fields in a working-class enclave that was infinitely less glamorous and lacked the transgressive chic of the Gay Quarter culture he lived among when he became successful. My friend, Henri Schindler, told me stories of Williams flirting with the waiters at Galatoire’s while drinking the afternoons away.

He also relayed another tale of Williams, after he was famous–meaning after “A Streetcar Named Desire”–getting waylaid by a group of blue-haired ladies from a book club wanting to know all about New York and Williams not quite knowing how to handle this group of curious interlopers. For all of the drunken Williams tales, he was actually quite shy, or those who knew him have told me. He is, perhaps, our greatest playwright. At the very least, he is probably our most internationally known. Read the rest of this entry »

Wizards in Exile: A College Radio Station Locks its Creators Out

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FM radio listeners know what to expect: plenty of pop, assorted classic rock and oldies, hip-hop and R&B, along with a few talk shows here and there. More obscure genres like punk and gospel might have their own stations, but in general FM is a rare place for the marginal, the alternative, or the eclectic—which is exactly why Chicago’s 88.3 FM station WZRD “The Wizard” stands out.

For more than thirty-eight years, WZRD broadcast a diverse array of music, news and opinion, giving airplay to emerging punk bands (as well as chant, blues, international and more) and provocative thinkers like Noam Chomsky. Founded as a student club at Northeastern Illinois University, WZRD proved a mainstay in the world of FM radio.

That is, until June 29. Read the rest of this entry »

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By Rob Brezsny

ARIES (March 21-April 19): “In a full heart there is room for everything,” said poet Antonio Porchia, “and in an empty heart there is room for nothing.” That’s an important idea for you to meditate on right now, Aries. The universe is conspiring for you to be visited by a tide of revelations about intimacy. And yet you won’t be available to get the full benefit of that tide unless your heart is as full as possible. Wouldn’t you love to be taught more about love and togetherness and collaboration? Read the rest of this entry »