Thanksgiving Stuffing: Sweet Vs. Salty

Thanksgiving Stuffing: Sweet Vs. Salty BY FREYA BELLIN LEVOW Thanksgiving is my holiday.  It is an excuse to while away a day in the kitchen, a bottle of wine nearby and a constant stream of snacking sanctioned in the name of taste-testing.  As a kid, the holiday was in the hands of the adults.  The menu was non-negotiable, and it never changed.  As an adult, I am now allowed to exert some influence.  [more]

Jared Bartman Interview: Refutable Variations

Jared Bartman Interview: Refutable Variations BY STUART ROSS Jared Bartman’s music is better than a massage. Let me explain. This summer I was at the Lakeview East Arts Festival in Chicago, my head down in a portable massage chair. Just as the masseuse guessed I spent a lot of time sitting at a desk, I heard a cover of “God Only Knows” coming from the stage. Even with my ears muffled by the headrest, I [more]

Aleksandar Hemon Interview: Dissecting the Myths

Aleksandar Hemon Interview: Dissecting the Myths BY ANDREW HERTZBERG Aleksandar Hemon used to joke about writing a novel that was a “rollercoaster of sex and violence” and it looks like he finally did. The Making of Zombie Wars comes out in May. Inspired by his prior work and seeing the acclaimed Bosnian-born writer speak at the Chicago Humanities Festival, I wrote to ask about the idea of the “bi-cultural [more]

Chicago Humanities Festival: Week Three Recap

Chicago Humanities Festival: Week Three Recap BY JORDAN MAINZER AND ANDREW HERTZBERG The Chicago Humanities Festival crowds are old. This trend is noticeable and a bit off-putting to a younger audience member, but it's likely due to my generation's tendency to question the general usefulness of the humanities (rewind 10 years, and it was only middle-aged people and up who would say things like, [more]

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Thanksgiving Stuffing: Sweet Vs. Salty

BY FREYA BELLIN LEVOW Thanksgiving is my holiday.  It is an excuse to while away a day in the kitchen, a bottle of wine nearby and a constant stream of snacking sanctioned in the name of taste-testing.  As a kid, the holiday was in the hands of the adults. ...
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Jared Bartman Interview: Refutable Variations

BY STUART ROSS Jared Bartman’s music is better than a massage. Let me explain. This summer I was at the Lakeview East Arts Festival in Chicago, my head down in a portable massage chair. Just as the masseuse guessed I spent a lot of time sitting at a desk,...
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Aleksandar Hemon Interview: Dissecting the Myths

BY ANDREW HERTZBERG Aleksandar Hemon used to joke about writing a novel that was a “rollercoaster of sex and violence” and it looks like he finally did. The Making of Zombie Wars comes out in May. Inspired by his prior work and seeing the acclaimed Bosnian-born writer speak at...
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Chicago Humanities Festival: Week Three Recap

BY JORDAN MAINZER AND ANDREW HERTZBERG The Chicago Humanities Festival crowds are old. This trend is noticeable and a bit off-putting to a younger audience member, but it’s likely due to my generation’s tendency to question the general usefulness of the humanities (rewind 10 years, and it was only...