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Ragged but Right

Dear editors, I well understand the impatience of your 7/16/99 cover story’s subjects with less than brilliant translations. In my 20s I was introduced to the French The Song of Roland and the Norwegian novel Pan by Knut Hamsun. The latter translation (by James W. McFarlane) I have read three times and have memorized his […]

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Little Poland

Jackowo (pronounced yak-sko-vo) means “the neighborhood of Hyacinth,” referring to Saint Hyacinth Church at 3636 W. Wolfram. Bounded by Wrightwood, Belmont, Kimball, and Cicero, the neighborhood pulses most along Milwaukee Avenue. Walk that thoroughfare from Diversey to Belmont and you may not hear a word of English, even though the area has gone from nearly […]

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Polska Msza (Polish Mass)

In 1987, with funding from Focus Infinity for a project called “Changing Chicago,” I began photographing in the Polish neighborhoods along Milwaukee Avenue. Initially I shot in commercial places–a bakery, a barbershop–but ultimately the churches and their parishioners captured my interest and held it long past the term of the one-year grant. At church the […]