Measured self-effacement has become a sort of unwritten code for writers of a certain prominence, and Jeffrey Eugenides—bestseller, Pulitzer winner, and Oprah’s Book Club inductee—seems to have gotten the memo.
by Sharon Lurye •
With its move complete, the Seminary Co-op Bookstore celebrates a “grand opening.”
by Claire Withycombe •
“We use language for legal cases, we use it to put children to sleep, to wake them up, to write down our grocery lists. We do everything with it, in a way we don’t with dance, with music, or with painting.”
by Bonnie Fan •
“Every time there’s a convention, a gathering, a fancy comics shop, it’s always north. Anything to bring comic culture south in Chicago is good.”
by Mosum Shah •
Nate Marshall’s favorite word is “scruples,” because he likes the way it sounds. In moments of silence, he flails his hands to convey emotion.
by Katherine Jinyi Li •
Last Friday night, readers and community members gathered in Pilsen’s Casa Michoacán for a reading and discussion of local author Victor M. Cortés’s latest work, “El Sabor del Desdén”. Little by little, it became clear that each character of the event, from the guitarist playing throughout the reception to the book’s presenters, has his or her own personal relationship with the author—his readers are his friends, his neighbors, his family. They are, also, the characters of his stories and his novel.
by Osita Nwanevu •
Staging James Joyce’s moody short story “The Dead” as a holiday musical shouldn’t work. The story, after all, though set at an annual holiday gathering, ends up as one of the most foreboding and darkly poignant pieces in his collection Dubliners.…
by Zachary Goldhammer •
“Show us your ghosts,” Rachel Hyman pleads in the opening manifesto of her upcoming “Anthology of Chicago” project, an online literary journal which seeks to collect stories representing new perspectives on Chicago’s various well-defined territories. “Show us the essence of your neighborhood; tell us something we don’t already know.” The undertaking seeks to undo old stereotypes and truisms about the “City of Neighborhoods.”