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Live Lit Review: Curbside Splendor Presents: Words+Music #5

Contributing writer Lisa Mrock reviews Curbside Splendor Publishing’s reading/concert series, Words+Music for Chicago Literati.    It’s not often one can listen to famous people for free unless they’re paying attention. Since I work a lot of jobs that somehow equate to most of my week being spent on a computer, I keep my eyes open and keep a close... Read more »

Dana Norris of Story Club discusses her new online magazine with Abby Sheaffer

Dana Norris of Story Club discusses her new online magazine with Abby Sheaffer
Sometimes, when the career you want isn’t available to you, you have to make it. Dana Norris did exactly that five years ago when she founded the intrepid reading series, Story Club. Since her bold decision to go her own way, Story Club has found a home, not only on the North and South Side of Chicago, but... Read more »
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"The owls are not what they seem," read the winning haiku from our David Lynch themed contest

"The owls are not what they seem," read the winning haiku from our David Lynch themed contest
Over the weekend we held a David Lynch themed haiku contest, and while many haikus evoked the spirit of Lynch, none were as stunning as Julie Rea’s incredibly haunting haiku. Read it below.  Haiku (Inspired by a David Lynch chracter) By Julie Rea  Owl stomach fat with souls;                                          Demons lurk in childhood homes,                                          black lodges;... Read more »

Live lit roundup for the week of 3/31/14

Live lit roundup for the week of 3/31/14
Monday March 31st, 2014 7:00pm: Say goodbye to March by going to Tales from the Punch House (1227 W. 18th St., Chicago, Illinois 60608). Featured performers for tonight’s installment include Ben Tanzer, D. Foy and Susan Hope Lanier. Free show.  Tuesday April 1st, 2014 6:00pm: 2nd Story is back at City Winery (1200 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607) presenting “No Fool: Stories of Risk and... Read more »

Three Poems by Martha Kinkade

Three Poems by Martha Kinkade
Three Poems By Martha Kinkade          Ghost Words   Sometimes, I dress the dead. Salt-Sea-Shark. Venomous-Blind-Worm. Hell is murky as I walk in-between words. I starve in this echoing place. It aches before color begins. It’s not impossible that everything dresses itself in blonde. This interior is just a fly blur. You... Read more »
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Weekend live lit roundup for 3/29/14

Weekend live lit roundup for 3/29/14
Saturday March 29th, 2014 3:00pm: Come out to the Green Mill (4802 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60640) for another installment of The Paper Machete featuring Comedy Sportz player, Peter Kremidas, Rachel Mason and many more. There will be cabaret tunes by Eileen and jams by Jinx Titanic and the Ladkillers, don’t miss it! Free show.  Sunday March 30th, 2014 6:00pm: Amelia Gray will be reading with Beau... Read more »

To: Why Andrew Buttermore writes

To: Why Andrew Buttermore writes
When I was in high school, instead of a more classical English Literature course, I opted to take a Fantasy and Science Fiction class. It was a shot in the dark, all I knew was that I did not want anything to do with the class that made you read literature, and this class was,... Read more »

What your reaction to the Kimye VOGUE cover says about you

What your reaction to the Kimye VOGUE cover says about you
Let’s talk about what everyone cannot shut up about: The controversial “Kimye” (Kim Kardashian and Kanye West) VOGUE cover. Sarah Michelle Gellar tweeted that she wanted to cancel her subscription. Naomi Campbell almost had an aneurysm. Seth Rogen and James Franco parodied it. Everyone and their mother has an opinion about this cover. Everyone seems... Read more »
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Tweet us a haiku as your favorite David Lynch character!

Tweet us a haiku as your favorite David Lynch character!
Are you a fan of the bizarre, of the strange, of the completely weird? Did you binge watch Twin Peaks in two nights? Do you hallucinate random white horses appearing in your living room? Whenever you pass a meadow in the suburbs, do you ever check the grass twice to see if there’s a disembodied ear? Do... Read more »