Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. A man walks onto the Lawrence bus in Chicago, the 81, leans into the driver’s nook, and bellows, “How far away is Kedzie? WHAT? Thirty-two blocks? Does that mean 30 minutes? WHAT?” He allows his inner monologue to become the bus’s white noise as he walks toward… Read More Heroes and villains of the CTA
It would be ridiculous to say I don’t delay and dawdle before writing something, anything. Sometimes – like now – I use writing as a distraction before I truly start writing. It’s a mad tactic that has worked to keep me from writing even as I write and sometimes, once the words start flowing, I… Read More The Settling of the Writer’s Mind
The Atlantic won’t be joining “The Resistance” against President Donald Trump, the magazine’s editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg said Monday evening at an event hosted by the University of Chicago. A student asked Goldberg how journalistic institutions like The Atlantic can appeal to parts of the electorate that now seem to reject the media in toto. Goldberg… Read More Atlantic’s Goldberg: We’re Not Joining the Trump ‘Resistance’
There’s a popular question, one that will make people think and debate, one that can still be asked in mixed company of all political persuasions, religions, and identities. No one will take offense to this question, as it is thought of as a philosophical in nature. It’s a moral question, really, on whether or not… Read More The Hitler Proposition: Would You Kill A Man Who Wants to Kill 3 Million People?
There’s no pleasant sheen on slavery in Whitehead’s Underground Railroad. It’s harrowing, it’s cataclysmic, and it’s painful. The spark of slavery rebellion or even banding together for familial support is close to nonexistent. The want to escape exists in few, mainly those who had tasted freedom. Most look to survive and avoid beatings. Once slaves escape, they fight to avoid capture or lynchings.
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by Hal Conick “We’re too inclined to see art as an ornament,” New York Times film critic A.O. Scott said. “We trivialize art, we venerate nonsense, we can’t see past our own bullshit.” Scott, reading from his new book “Better Living Through Criticism” at the The Seminary Co-op Bookstore in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, is… Read More Everyone’s a Critic: A.O. Scott Discusses the Role of Criticism in Modern Society