Armed with gum tack and verse, Sid Yiddish is turning public bathrooms into alternative spaces for reflection.
Author Archives: Jeffrey Felshman
Hell in a Cell
Tamms supermax prison was built to punish disruptive inmates with temporary solitary confinement. Yet Reginald Berry spent the better part of eight years there—and he was luckier than many.
Books/No Wiseguys Just Guys
Ex-journalist Donald Evans turns his stint as a gambler and bookie into a debut novel.
Contrary to the impression that may have been left by my story on Philip McDowell (“Occupational Hazard,” December 8), though Richard Kling was representing Philip McDowell at a judge’s behest and at the county’s expense, he remained a private attorney and did not become McDowell’s public defender. Jeffrey Felshman
The System: Occupational Hazard
A public defender tries to dump a job where he’d have to call a sitting judge a liar.
Lifestyles/Earn Local, Ride Global
George Christensen spends the winter as a bike messenger and the rest of the year touring the world on two wheels.
Setting the Bar for Smut
Every Saturday night Steve “Pudgy” De Rose turns the Twisted Spoke into a porno house.
Up Everest, Quietly
Sophia Danenberg was the first black woman to sit on top of the world and nobody noticed.
Looking to Go Pro?
A survey of area cooking schools
Everybody Loves a Parade
Andy Thayer finally figured out how to get an antiwar protest routed down Michigan Avenue.
Life After Exoneration
South-sider James Newsome and other casualties of the justice system speak up in a new oral history from McSweeney’s.
The Devil Made Him Do It
After touring from Java to Spain, septuagenarian flamenco dancer Edo Sie found stomping grounds in Chicago.
Driving Miss Mary
Keeping up a little-known Catholic tradition is getting harder.
Does Rehabilitation Work?
For his latest PBS documentary, Tod Lending spent three years following two ex-cons as they struggled to stay straight.