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Nelson Algren

If Royko Advised Rahm

Roger Wright | Posted 12.29.2015 | Chicago
Roger Wright

You hire people from your neighborhood Rahm -- just like everyone's always done. And that just don't work anymore. Because your neighborhood is the 1%.

How to Write a Love Letter: Inspiration from Beauvoir and Sartre

Skye Cleary | Posted 11.24.2015 | Women
Skye Cleary

Hot summer romances are a long distant memory as the northern hemisphere winter closes in and tempts us towards hibernation, hot chocolate, and heated holiday party debates.

Gerald Nicosia's 'Night Train to Shanghai'

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 07.19.2014 | Books
Lionel Rolfe

Gerald Nicosia is probably better known for his non-fiction, but he also is a real poet, very much in the San Francisco tradition of Ferlinghetti, Patchen, Rexroth and Ginsberg -- except those guys are now mostly gone.

Public Library Unveils Cubist-Inspired Obama Portrait

Posted 01.15.2013 | Chicago

For some celebrated Chicago authors like Nelson Algren or poet Gwendolyn Brooks, their books are more widely-recognized than their portraits. Mean...

The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame Honors Our Literary Giants

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 01.29.2013 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

Have you heard about the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame? It's a little well-kept secret that is starting to get out.

Lani Hall Alpert's New Book, Emotional Memoirs & Short Stories, Is Startling, Scandalous and Absolutely Sensational!

Jay Weston | Posted 09.19.2012 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

Lani Hall is a true literary talent who is now one of the major writers of the naturalistic Chicago school and will leave a lasting impact on us all.

PHOTOS: Happy Birthday, Nelson Algren!

Posted 03.28.2012 | Chicago

Award-winning writer Nelson Algren may not have been born in Chicago, but he spent most of his life in the Windy City, and the ways it shaped him are ...

Behind the Scenes at the Chicago Literary Awards

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 01.01.2012 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

It is wonderful to live in a city so rich of history, so rich of character, so rich of talent and art. But do we celebrate it enough?

What's the Catch?

Jan Herman | Posted 09.24.2011 | Books
Jan Herman

Just read the excerpt in Vanity Fair of the new Joseph Heller biography, and there's no mention of Nelson Algren.

A "John" Named Nelson Algren

Jan Herman | Posted 09.13.2011 | Books
Jan Herman

Annie Sprinkle led off her review of Chester Brown's Paying For It: A Comic-Strip Memoir About Being a John by pointing out that in her "nearly 40 yea...

Because You Never Heard of Him...

Jan Herman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Jan Herman

Straight Up features Stephen Deutch (1908-1997). A longtime friend of Nelson Algren's, Deutch was born in Budapest, Hungary. He studied sculpture there at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts.

The Beats Left Nelson Algren Cold, Jack Kerouac Especially

Jan Herman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jan Herman

I once asked Nelson Algren what he thought of Naked Lunch. I knew he had no love for any of the Beats. So his answer surprised me, because he meant it as praise.

How to Go From Jamoke to Chicagoan in Under 40 Minutes

David Murray | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Murray

I've got this intern from San Francisco working for me. How'm I ever gonna explain to this kid what makes Chicago different, different from anywhere else? I'm gonna start with these six short videos.

Why you Might Want to Attend Saturday's 'Nelson-Tennial'

David Murray | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Murray

As Chicago's memory of Nelson Algren dims, he and his vision of this place seem to be taking over my mind. I'm not entirely pleased about this development.

Nelson Algren, Most Quotable of Writers

Jan Herman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jan Herman

Henry Kisor has posted on his news blog an item called The 'Inept Blob' vs. the 'Inhuman Turd,' about the nasty friction between the novelist Nelson A...

Obama and "The Chicago Way"

Martin Nolan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Martin Nolan

How does Barack Obama fit into political Chicago? I found out at another convention, Boston's in 2004.