My hair is neatly combed these days, no longer the “rat’s nest” my mom affectionately called it when I was a child. But, as I enter Harold Washington Library on a recent autumn day, I still feel an affinity for the creature multiple mayors have identified as Chicago’s top public enemy. I’m here to look […]
The upcoming Korean documentary 9 Muses of Star Empire continues a wave of eye-opening films that also includes It Felt Like Love, Who Took Johnny, and Girl Model.
Noting a free screening and discussion of Nazi propaganda films about the “model ghetto” in Czechoslovakia, a subject of Claude Lanzmann’s upcoming The Last of the Unjust
Noting the Chicago premiere of Slavko Martinov’s faux documentary, which screens twice this week at the Gene Siskel Film Center
The Nazis’ sophisticated propaganda machine, artists’ reactions to the 2008 financial crisis: Two new exhibits of political history, then and now.
Chicago winters provided a ready-made scare tactic to southern employers hoping to staunch black emigration
Do schools need more money? Yes, say dogmatic libertarians, if it’s their favorite kind of school.
Studs Terkel’s Pulitzer-winning “The Good War”: An Oral History of World War II fought its own war: Terkel’s firsthand witnesses testified to the ugly side of a noble struggle–internment camps, homophobia and racism in the trenches, war profiteering, rejection of the disfigured wounded, and American propagandizing. Like any war, this one undermined the very principles […]
Blunting the Cutting Edge Scholars foresee an epochal disaster–one of the world’s great civilizations spiraling toward the black hole of Generation X (aka the twentysomethings or twentynothings), not just an inferior generation but the most ignorant and useless in history. One such scholar was the late Allan Bloom of the University of Chicago, whose The […]