In a time when reading seems to be less of a priority for people, it was heartening to see so many willing to give money to the Chicago Library Foundation and celebrate the Chicago Public Library and Chicago authors.
We are far from perfect and tend not to talk about ways to overcome poverty. In fact, many turn a blind eye toward the intractable issues of race, ethnicity and poverty. But for Kotlowitz, it is a question of getting to those issues.
Whether you agree or disagree with the contemporary market-driven, test-driven "reform" movement, it would be hard to deny that it has benefited from the best public relations campaign that money can buy.
Steve James and Alex Kotlowicz detail the incredible journey of filming the ground-breaking work of the violence interrupters who struggle to cease violence before it erupts on the South side of Chicago.
In their new doc, duo Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz profile some criminals-turned-activists who find redemption through mediation on the streets of Chicago. We recently sat down with James and Kotlowitz to discuss their film.
It's Chicago's turn to inspire an issue of Granta, the esteemed British literary journal that seems to instantly confer upon the subscriber a mantle of elevated intellect, or at least the appearance of it. I talked about the issue with editor John Freeman.