Analogue Chicago

ARTIST STATEMENT I started taking photos while on tour with The Sea and Cake in the early 2,000’s. It was a way to make perfect sense of the considerable down time involved with touring, a way to explore visual thinking no matter what truck stop happened to be next. Over the years, I’ve become obsessed… More

Finding the One: A Tortoise Retrospective

Tortoise’s story begins, in a sense, to the sound of Coltrane’s golden lamentation, Africa/Brass, its frenetic drone finding the ears, and fingers, of Doug McCombs and John Herndon circa 1988 in Chicago. The two are playing with Michael Cerzigan in a band dubbed “Simple”, and while the trio never manages to perform beyond their rehearsal… More

Mao: On The Great Leap Forward (1958)

Campbell McGrath When I announce my intention to swim in Three Great Rivers my secretaries and advisors react with outrage. The water is too dirty, they protest, there is danger from currents, and mud holes, and whirlpools. What in this world is pure, I ask them? What in this world is free of risk? So… More

Andrew Holmquist

We love large sweeping brush strokes. The paintings of Andrew Holmquist remind us why. More

Write now. Write how?

M. Molly Backes, author of the forthcoming The Princesses of Iowa and the Assistant Director of StoryStudio Chicago wrote a phenomenal blog post recently on how to be a writer and, since that’s not complicated enough, how to be the parent of a young writer. An excerpt: Let her fail. Let her write pages and… More

Review: Christopher Patton’s “Curious Masonry”

Sam Selinger “Curious Masonry” Christopher Patton 2011, 9781554470938, $15.95 Christopher Patton’s third book, Curious Masonry, includes three translations of Anglo-Saxon poems from The Exeter Book, and “Hearth,” a work which he calls a “palimpsest,” mostly made up of erasures from his translation of “The Earthwalker,” using both the translation and the original text. The Exeter… More

After the Meteor

Sam Ramos The balloon drifted into the clouds and then a thousand more joined it. The pilots inside leaned out to her, each becoming ever smaller in the offing. It wasn’t that she was sad, though she was. It was life’s awful brilliance – the eternity of every single thing, small and big. A flood… More

Deconstruction

John Middlebrook Retracing my steps, I walk my life backwards, resisting the urge to grasp too soon. I recede all the way to where words were not heard, trading my refinements for the gifts of birth. Now moving forward, I see once more clouds on puddles dropped by the sky; shadows are sponges cast from… More

Misa Verbeek

Gold Rush – A series of works from Chicago based artist Misa Verbeek More

April 2010

April, the subtle tear of spring. These seasonal movements– scored by a languid cellist –are quaint in their sexuality. The sun asks no simple questions, and in its light I become a prospector panning damage for identity. This month T.C. Boyle sits down with me to discuss the inspiration behind Wild Child, we stream Judson… More

Wheaton College

Friday November 6th 2009, 7:30PM Molly Jenson Strand of Oaks Samantha Farrell with opening act Milano Friday November 6th 2009, 7:30PM Wheaton College Chicago Tickets are $10.00 for students and $15.00 for general admission and are available at The Wheaton College Bookstore or by selecting an option below. Ticket Type General Admission $15.00 Student $10.00 More

A Little Secret

Twenty years after the Great Depression, Tom continues to spend his life trying to recall the moment his father forced him to bury his favorite pet. In his current state of fatal depression, Tom must finally uncover the truth to the secret that tore his family apart before he loses the only thing he has left…life. More

The Day-Trader

Ryan McCarl Every day for ten years Robert had come to this café on the second floor of the Borders on North Michigan Avenue. He was a talented day-trader, fluent in the language of the market. He saw candlesticks and skylines in graphs where those with less training saw only the patternless movement of a… More

Idioms

Often while riding my bike through the alleys and streets of Chicago, my mind gathers the imagery and often peeks through the windows of neighbors and strangers. I began collecting these images in drawings and later making them into relief prints, carving linoleum to create my pieces with a sharp, clean illustrative quality… More

Joe Meno

Joe Meno discusses politics, process, and the inspiration behind his new novel, The Great Perhaps with Ben Evans.

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The Birth of Pistol Pete

Bill Hillmann It began at the carnival. Those magic nights, the whole of St. Greg’s parish there, all strolling over from the bungalows and two flats and apartments all mix matched throughout the neighborhood. There were the games, the shouts of the carnies, the swirling thunder of the Tilt-A-Whirl, lights flashing, pulsing, the colors of… More