Archive for July 2013

Where're You From by Judith Kirscht

Where're You From by Judith Kirscht
Where’re You From By Judith Kirscht Why is that so often the first question we ask a stranger? To place him or her geographically, sure, but also in the whole universe of language, culture, and attitudes we associate with place. So it used to be, when people asked me that, I’d mumble apologetically. I longed... Read more »

Celebrate Zelda Fitzgerald's birthday at Women & Children First THIS Wednesday

Celebrate Zelda Fitzgerald's birthday at Women & Children First THIS Wednesday
Women & Children First is celebrating Zelda Fitzgerald’s birthday this Wednesday. As part of the festivities, R. Clifton Spargo will visit the shop and read from Beautiful Fools, a book that re-imagines the Fitzgerald’s tempestuous life together. Press release after the jump: Wednesday, July 24th – R. Clifton Spargo at Women & Children First  7:30 p.m.Beautiful Fools Come... Read more »

Kicking Kevin Kane's Cancer Bills Fundraiser TOMORROW at Schuba's 7:30pm

Kicking Kevin Kane's Cancer Bills Fundraiser TOMORROW at Schuba's 7:30pm
Last October, Kevin was working two jobs, attending grad school and excitedly preparing with his wife, Kate, for the birth of their first child. Everything changed when Kevin received the diagnosis of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, a fast-growing cancer which is extremely challenging to treat. Kevin’s doctors felt that he would be a good candidate for... Read more »
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Teddy Schreck's Dreams by John M. McNamara

Teddy Schreck's Dreams by John M. McNamara
Teddy Schreck’s Dreams By John M. McNamara Copyright 2013     Sitting alone in the farthest booth from the diner’s door, Teddy closed his black, Moleskine notebook and capped his fountain pen, the pearl and black Parker Duofold with royal blue ink, and then turned to watch the three young women sitting on stools at... Read more »

Two Poems by Jim Gustafson

Two Poems by Jim Gustafson
                  Three Streets where I Lived Ridge Terrace crumbles patched with tar small stones break   from the road there is little traffic up or down the hill   years later I grow tall and find no hill at all   Ashland Ave   Elms and oaks... Read more »

Three Poems by Timothy Ruane

Brass Immortals Swinging on Poles   Peyote punk for naked girls swinging ’round shined brass poles for $205.00, thongs, Bikini pants hot and snorts of cocaine. 45 and I am bent, spiraling toward the morbid cross, hanging For the faithful, not me.  The coffee man, I must drink coffee The dread coffee like the naked... Read more »
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When one is pulled between two worlds: A review of The Inheritors by Juditch Kirscht

When one is pulled between two worlds: A review of The Inheritors by Juditch Kirscht
We all live in one world, or do we? Most of us grow up believing that, but when one grows up with both sides of their family belonging to completely different ethnic backgrounds, it is a recipe for making an individual feel lost and unaccepted. At least when those two sides essentially hate each other.... Read more »

Guts & Glory tomorrow night at Powell's Bookstore

Join Samantha Irby and Keith Ecker as they host another installment of Guts & Glory at Powell’s Bookstore tomorrow night. The event is BYOB, FREE and starts at 7pm, All donations will go to charity. This installment of G&G will feature performances by: Patrick Gill Shantell Jamison JH Palmer Nico Lang Brooke Allen Guts & Glory @... Read more »

GRUDGE MATCH! Mental Graffiti vs. Lethal Poetry! Tonight at Cole's Bar

GRUDGE MATCH! Mental Graffiti vs. Lethal Poetry! Tonight at Cole's Bar
Come out to Cole’s Bar tonight at 8:00 and support Team Mental Graffiti as they prepare to represent Chicago at the National Poetry Slam in Boston this August. Tonight Mental Graffiti will square off against Lethal Poetry in an epic slam poetry battle. The event is hosted by Emily Rose and Tim Cook and there... Read more »
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Seven fictional characters and the people who inspired them

(William Brodie = Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde) 

By day, William Brodie was a respectable deacon and cabinet-maker, but by night, he maintained a secret life as a burglar and notorious ne'er-do-well. Brodie's strange dichotomy inspired Robert Louis Stevenson to write The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. 
Have you ever wondered who was the inspiration behind some of fiction’s most famous literary characters? Wonder no more. I’ve compiled a list of seven characters and the seven people who inspired their creation. Gallery after the jump.