• Julia Keller

In her review in Sunday’s paper, Tribune writer Julia Keller looks to be using her hatred of jazz mostly as a straw man—a way to give extra luster to her praise of David Hajdu’s new anthology, Heroes and Villains: Essays on Music, Movies, Comics, and Culture (Da Capo). Her angle is more or less “he makes jazz sound so good in theory, I almost forget that I can’t stand the shit.” I’m not about to argue with her taste, but it was hard not to cringe reading the piece. Right off the bat she writes, “[Chicago] is a city that runs on jazz, that thrives on it. Jazz is the gas in our tanks. It’s the fizz in our drinks. Jazz is always just around the corner.”

What say?