To cover Chicago theater is to carry a ghost map in one’s head of all the lost spaces. Some buildings are gone (or nearly gone) altogether, like the original Goodman Theatre at the Art Institute, or the Jane Addams Hull House Center on Broadway at Belmont, which at various points housed Steppenwolf, Bailiwick Repertory, Famous […]
The first time I read Jessica Hopper’s work, I was awestruck. Her essays in the online publication Rookie felt so emotionally honest in contrast to my own close-to-the-chest media consumption. I hadn’t heard the entire Smiths discography at that point (should I have?) or the Sex Pistols but in the interest of seeming cool, effete, […]
New books from Chicago authors and publishers
The author takes a deep dive into the culture of the lifestyle and his personal connection to it.
Felicia Rose Chavez’s book challenges how educational institutions support people of color—and provides a blueprint to be better.
Even though its titular character always does just the opposite
In her book Faux Pas, the painter makes a rarified field approachable with humor and profundity.
Evoking memory and mystery, two artists collaborate on an art piece.
Stand-up comedian Sam Tallent’s hilarious novel follows a dumpster fire of a man looking for redemption.
Poet Damian Rogers explores her relationship with her mother in her new memoir.
The 99% Invisible City takes a second look at familiar cities.
Ben Beard’s new book attempts to answer the question of which versions of the south are represented on screen and why.
In 1958, the mortality rate of children born with spina bifida was 90 percent. Riva Lehrer tells her story of beating those odds.
In his debut novel, Pete Beatty fashions historical fantasy that feels contemporary.
Wendy Woloson’s book dives deep into America’s obsession with cheap stuff.