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Year in Review

CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY From the desk of the commissioner Just want to keep you up to date on the progress of “One Book, One Chicago.” As you know, this year’s efforts were a huge success and laid a solid foundation for “Phase 2” of our program. Now that we know how much publicity this type […]

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Year in Review

Oprah Winfrey Harpo Studios 1058 W. Washington Blvd. Chicago, IL 60607 November 2, 2001 Dear Oprah, You have formally rescinded your invitation to Jonathan Franzen–author of the Oprah’s Book Club selection The Corrections–to appear on your TV show after he disparaged some of your past literary selections as “schmaltzy” and “one-dimensional.” Mr. Franzen, presumably under […]

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The Illustrated Mayor Daley

In his struggle to express himself, Richard M. Daley has uttered some colorful language in 2001. For those who can’t picture what’s inside the mayor’s head, here’s an illustrated guide. “Scrutiny? What else do you want? Do you want to take my shorts? Go scrutinize yourself. I get scrutined every day.” –on whether his brother […]

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Dismal Science

Even a broken clock is right twice a day, but economists are almost always wrong when predicting the future. Confounded by the severity of the current recession, most economists continued to believe that better times were just around the corner. Last spring the experts at Credit Suisse First Boston said the economy appeared to be […]

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Do-It-Yourself Propaganda

E-mail graphics in 2001 offered the usual blend of comedy and mystery, with the occasional sex act thrown in–until September 11. The “first war of the 21st century” is also the first war in which private citizens had E-mail, allowing the masses to create and disseminate homemade propaganda. Some of the common themes were old […]