April 25, 1987 |
Call it The Sexorcist. My Demon Lover, an unfunny comedy of eros, takes as its hero a schlep named Kaz (Family Ties' Scott Valentine) who literally becomes the devil when he gets sexually aroused. This presents many problems for Denny (Michelle Little), the peppy blonde for whom he falls. Admittedly, Denny is something of an emotional doormat where stray dogs and men are concerned; even after her previous beau rips off the contents of her apartment, she still wants to work things out. Denny's fear is that, after the scaly, fanged Kaz has been leaving her bed so as not to hurt her, he has been hitting the streets as "the Manhattan mangler," a serial killer who preys on nubile women.
December 10, 1986 |
There are ghosts that move through the life of novelist Larry Heinemann - ghosts of family, ghosts of friends, ghosts of writers and strangers and soldiers. Most of all, there are the ghosts of Dau Tieng and Cu Chi, distant parts of Vietnam, jungle places where thousands died and where some cursed spirit of America remains trapped, haunting memory, history and the life of the present. Heinemann fought there in 1967 and 1968, a grunt in the 25th Infantry, and when his tour was up, he came back to Chicago, where he was born and raised - back to a world of small homes and families, school and jobs, and ghosts.