Essays on the hopes and horrors of returning to “normal”
Bill Clinton has written a thriller about a missing president! And nearly 100 other ways to escape the oncoming shit show.
Kristen Radtke’s essay in images explores loss, ruins, and restlessness.
Jenny Kendler, first-ever artist in residence for the Natural Resources Defense Council, makes complex work about the weird relationship between humans and the natural world.
Current obsessions of Metro publicist Jenny Lizak, and Smart Bar booker Marea Stamper (aka the Black Madonna)
Megan Stielstra taps into the anxieties of early adulthood in Once I Was Cool, the Columbia College teacher’s new collection of personal essays.
David Grubbs on why the experimental music of the 1960s was so rarely recorded at the time—and what changes when we listen to it today.
Peggy Shinner’s new collection of essays on the body catalogs a lifetime of memories and obsessions.
Samantha Irby, the acerbic author of the hyperpopular blog Bitches Gotta Eat, publishes her first book.
The writer’s new essay collection, Forty-One False Starts, is a knockout.
Chicagoans recommend a quasi-fictional novel, reliably funny improv, and a new literary mag.
Before the kids, writer Amy Krouse Rosenthal was just another subversive chick. Now she picks brain lint in coffeehouses.
Faith in our money managers is the new American religion. If Alexander Hamilton has been overlooked, it’s because he was ahead of his time.
The reason Freud never figured out what a woman wants–Was will das Weib?, as he put it–is that he was asking the wrong people. If he’d talked to either Coco Chanel or Diane Von Furstenberg, he’d have learned that what many of us want is something decent to put on in the morning, for a […]
Remembering journalist and essayist Leanita McClain, who shed light on race and class issues in 80s Chicago, through her collection, A Foot in Each World