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%.
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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 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.
For some celebrated Chicago authors like Nelson Algren or poet Gwendolyn Brooks, their books are more widely-recognized than their portraits.
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 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.
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 ...
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?
Just read the excerpt in Vanity Fair of the new Joseph Heller biography, and there's no mention of Nelson Algren.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
How does Barack Obama fit into political Chicago? I found out at another convention, Boston's in 2004.
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