Along with classes, events, and workshops, the center provides support for the people of Puerto Rico in the wake of hurricanes Irma and Maria.
Boy howdy did it get exciting ’round these parts last week! Our Public Newsroom with City Bureau kicked off last Thursday with a toast in our new Bronzeville office—which then led to some of the smartest discussions I’ve had in this city about how we can hold public office-seekers publicly accountable. I don’t mean “we” […]
We tend to think about culture in America these days as consumable products or ticketed events, and so the “cultural coverage” most media outlets offer is reduced to binary reviews: should one or should one not pay hard-earned money for the product or event in question? (“When I hear the word ‘culture’ I take out […]
As the first snowfalls of winter pummel our work-weary faces, it’s difficult to keep in mind that Chicago can be a safe haven, a destination for refugees, a warm and comforting environment for folks escaping the ravages of poverty and government oppression and war. Some felt it viscerally this week, as American border officials fired […]
The new essay collection The Earth Dies Streaming collects his work from 2002 to 2018.
My first issue—six weeks ago—hadn’t even hit the streets yet when I got an email from a thoughtful young man inquiring if I had any advice for revitalizing the recently shuttered alt-weekly in his town, and similar notes have been coming from all over the country at a steady pace ever since. There are emails […]
The current book obsessions of Reader editor in chief Anne Elizabeth Moore and writer, comedian, and artist Salem Collo-Julin.
Long story obviously, but a friend of mine once got kidnapped by the Marxist revolutionary group FARC (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia), and subsequently lived with them in the Amazon rain forest for a year against his wishes. Of course, life in the jungle took some adjusting to, but it was really only after he […]
So many big changes have taken place at the Reader in recent years, from minor masthead shifts to several handovers in ownership. We have new print facilities. (Do you like the new cover stock?) We made new T-shirts. Few changes are likely to be as impactful, however, as the one we’re about to make: the […]
Smart Museum of Art captures the sights and sounds of the long-running ‘happening.’
Discussed: Ida B. Wells, Tom Hanks’s favorite sandwich, Dessa, Jessica Hopper’s friends, and the girl whose kidnapping inspired Lolita
The sharpest political mind in southeastern Michigan belongs to a 15-year-old girl named Sadia. She’s not old enough to vote, nor is she a citizen—and neither are her parents. Plus she’s superbusy. She’s got school, and then because, birth order-wise, she sits somewhere in the middle of a gaggle of kids, some of whom have […]
But the comics world is definitely not done talking about her.
The best thing about diversifying a newsroom staff is that the range of relevant events, histories, vocabularies, and concerns increases exponentially. There’s just so much more news! The worst thing, however, is that the concerns that arise become harder to view from a distance. Unionization efforts, property tax assessment discrepancies, sexual harassment, and antiblack violence […]
It just feels like whiplash most days, doesn’t it? We’ve barely wrapped our heads around how Brett Kavanaugh’s moving soliloquy on drinkin’ won him a seat on the Supreme Court and then Elizabeth Warren takes a seat at the table for President Trump’s weird new birtherism game. It’s sunny and frigid and autumn in Chicago, […]