Bible-thumping hero takes on the lords of misrule.
Author Archives: Sridhar Pappu
Drinking the Dregs
His beer is the tops, but Greg Moehn’s business is down.
Running Away From Home
Iraqi novelist Mahmoud Saeed’s long road to creative freedom.
More Than Words
The struggle to decipher Akkadian–one of the first written languages–has consumed scholars for most of the century. now the U. of C.’s Martha Roth thinks she can see the dictionary at the end of the tunnel.
Persistence pays off for Ike Reilly.
Case # 99L006298 Quinn v. City of Chicago, Midway Airport, and Southwest Airlines May the floor rise up to meet you. John Quinn says he suffered “physical and emotional trauma” after slipping and falling to the floor near the Southwest Airlines ticket counter at Midway. Quinn blames the airport and Southwest, both of which “permitted […]
Witness to the Persecution
East Timor’s Convulsions Through the Eyes of a UN Monitor
Chi Lives: shaking all over
You’ll have to forgive Shari Fields if she sounds a bit jaded. But after three years of working as a professional belly dancer, she’s just being practical. “A belly dancer’s career is very limited,” says Fields, who’s 32. “Once you start to age, there’s always younger belly dancers that’ll dance for less–that’ll undercut your prices. […]
Schivarelli’s Beef “I’ve got to tell you,” says Peter Schivarelli, the former 43rd Ward superintendent, when I ask about his lawsuit against CBS, Channel Two, and reporter Pam Zekman. “In airports or anything, people would say, ‘Why won’t she stop? Why is she doing this over and over again? Why don’t you do something?’ It […]
The Bozo Chronicles
In 1968, one of the most awful years in the history of America, Dick Richards donned a red nose and red hair. He became Bozo. In Michigan. Well, in Grand Rapids. “It is a bit of a dinosaur,” says Richards, “something whose time has passed. But when I go out there like I did the […]
Sox hero Ron Kittle finds himself a nice place in the burbs.
Art People: the secret life of Eric David Hamilton
He was no stranger to the place, having worked as a security guard for the Museum of Contemporary Art for seven months. He’d spent hours staring into its sculpture garden–in which there were no sculptures–so he knew that once he was over its fence he had to keep low. Beneath the range of the security […]
Where Have All the Good Crimes Gone?
Beat reporter John Drummond looks back on the days of Angelo the Hook and Jimmy the Lapper.
In Print: public servants with the gift of grab
Nineteen ninety-seven was a difficult year for police superintendent Matt Rodriguez. Seven Austin District police officers were under indictment on corruption charges, and several off-duty police died under suspicious circumstances. The 12th District commander made disparaging remarks about Hispanics. The Fraternal Order of Police announced a vote of “no confidence” against Rodriguez on November 3. […]
Have Hammer, Will Travel
A peripatetic Buddhist monk builds faith from the ground up.