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Tuesday, September 16, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 43.0° F  Fair
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The kids aren't all right

Two weeks after his discharge from the hospital last fall, on the eve of Halloween, Billy again tried hanging himself. This time, he bolstered his effort by lacerating his arms. At some point, his will to live supplanted his desire to die and he woke his mother. He was taken to the emergency room, where he received 27 stitches, and was then readmitted to the psychiatric hospital. >More

NEWS

ATV riders eye Badger State Trail

Landscaper Dan Sullivan owns 90 wooded acres just outside Monticello. Friends and neighbor kids know they can walk his property on the trails he's built, but only if they follow his rules. >More
 No more shelter from the storm?

If Dane County approves a plan to cut $60,000 from Valley Packaging in its 2008 budget, Sue Swan could be out of a job. >More

OPINION & COMMENTARY

The wimpification of America

First it was dodgeball. Then tag. Now, it's chatter. In their ongoing war against fun, the nannies who run Little League in Cincinnati have decided to ban chatter on the diamond. >More
 A close call with Art

Gather 'round, new UW students, and I'll tell you a story about one of Madison's most colorful characters. This is the 25th anniversary of his death. >More
 He shoots, he scores

...I wonder if you're familiar with something called the seduction community. I discovered it on the Web, and it's this secret network of men who've pooled all their knowledge about how to pick up women and formalized it into a system that's supposedly foolproof. Are you familiar with them? Does it work? >More
 Sneakers as art

Like a lot of people from the hip-hop generation, Logan Nelson has always had a thing for sneakers. "It's been an obsession since I was a kid," says Nelson, 26, "but luckily for me, as I've grown up, so has the shoe game." Sneakers have transcended their origins as cheap sport shoes to become boutique fashion items and, for the true enthusiast, objects of art. >More

MUSIC

Classic country

John Kunert admits that he's never been plugged into the Bloodshot alt-country scene. His band, Earl Foss' Brown Derby, does have some indie material that they'll roll out when playing bills with Sleeping in the Aviary and other more rock-oriented musical friends. But singers who ruled the country airwaves in the '50s and '60s like George Jones, Buck Owens and Faron Young (a country star he resembles) really form the template the quartet works from. >More
 Indie 4-ever

The Sea and Cake guitarist Archer Prewitt, 44, may be one of indie rock's most enduring figures. But he's also well-known as a Chicago-based freelance visual artist. He illustrates for Marvel Comics and The Chicago Reader. He even invented a graphic character all his own -- Sof' Boy. >More
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AT A GLANCE

ARTS

Farley and me

In grade school, I read every book I could get my hands on by a now-forgotten and probably forgettable science-fiction writer named Lester del Rey. In high school, I fell for John Steinbeck; in college, I turned to Twain and turned on to Kerouac. >More
 Head-trip through the counterculture

Sandra Eugster had no interest in writing a memoir, which only goes to underscore the adage that the most interesting people are exactly the ones who are most reluctant to talk about themselves. Nonetheless, Eugster, now a Madison psychologist, found herself drawn to writing about her childhood on a commune in rural southwestern Virginia. >More
 Raising Hell for Justice: The Washington Battles of a Heartland Progressive

How did an angry kid from an unhappy working-class home in Wausau become the longest-serving member of Congress in Wisconsin history and the powerful chair of the House Appropriations Committee? >More
 Higher education

Fun, funny, and outrageous, Mercury Players' Reefer Madness: The Musical is sure to put a perma-grin on your face. >More
 When paintings attack

The thought-provoking Art by Yasmina Reza won a Tony for best original play in 1998. The show examines the effect that an expensive piece of monochromatic contemporary art has on the tenuous bonds among a trio of friends. >More
 Setup, punchline

And here we thought the old-fashioned sitcom was dead. Back to You (Wednesday, 7 p.m., Fox) proves that the genre still has life in it, banishing painful thoughts of 'Til Death and George Lopez. >More

MOVIES

Old style, new twist

"The past isn't dead," William Faulkner famously wrote in Requiem for a Nun, "it isn't even past." And perhaps no filmmaker has taken that idea and run farther with it than Guy Maddin, whom I'd describe as the bastard son of David Lynch, John Waters and - oh, I don't know G.W. Pabst. You may not recall Pabst, but he directed the classic silent film Pandora's Box, where Louise Brooks unleashed a torrent of flapper-girl sexuality. >More
 The joke's on who?

I was still trying to recover from Becoming Jane, where Jane Austen gets turned into one of her characters, and now here's Molière, where pretty much the same thing happens to France's greatest playwright. With no letters, diaries or memoirs to work with, Molière's biographers have had to comb the plays for clues to his personality. >More
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EATS

Culinary journeys

Two unusual tours get diners closeWith fall's fast approach, the time to get out and find fresh foods before the cold comes is now. And just in time, on Sept. 29, are two unique events that will give you the chance to get up close to your food and the people who produce it. >More
 Home is where the quinine is

Halfway through a family vacation in England this summer, my daughter turned to me with one of those clear-eyed, faintly withering looks that girls reserve for their mothers, and asked, "Are you trying to sound English?" I blushed and protested, somewhat disingenuously, that I had no idea what she meant. >More

SPORTS & RECREATION

Peaceful waters

There is a little lake up north. I'm not going to tell you its name. You don't need to know it. You don't need to visit it. It is enough to know that it exists. >More
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