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Welcome to the new chicagoreader.com

Migrating to WordPress and modernizing the site is part of the Reader’s grand plan to keep being free and freaky for another 50 years. We couldn’t do it without you, and I want to thank everyone who’s supported us during our transition to nonprofit and our ongoing struggle—like everyone else—to successfully weather the upheavals of the last 18 months.

Posted inColumns & Opinion

A note on this week’s cover story

A charismatic person somehow emanates levity, intimacy, and self-assuredness, all at once. Charisma is talked about like it’s an inborn quality—but I think it’s something that’s summoned. My story this week is born, in part, from a desire to understand what charismatic people are like when they’re not being watched—and who gets hurt when image […]