Archive for March 2014

"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 »

Two poems by Gail Goepfert

Two poems by Gail Goepfert
Two Poems  By Gail Goepfert  Stilling the Day   Trills and twitters of early morning wakes me, nearly lulls me back to sleep and then comes a rest on the music’s page for a measure or two. The silence stirs my listening as I wait with the birds for the day to move on. And... Read more »

The cast of the stunning new web series Young Couple answer questions for Chicago Literati

The cast of the stunning new web series Young Couple answer questions for Chicago Literati
Fresh off the heels of last year’s wildly successful and much talked about play, The TomKat Project, Brianna Baker and Brandon Paul Ogborn are teaming up again: this time for the stunning new web series, Young Couple. What makes this collaboration even more genius is the added presence of the indomitable Mike Malarkey. Together, Baker, Ogborn and Malarkey are an epic... Read more »
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these dreams I have; by Ariane Elizabeth

these dreams I have; by Ariane Elizabeth
these dreams I have;  By  Ariane Elizabeth        these dreams I have;     our son rolls on a bed of glass, the shards, now constellations across his sides, the shape of mustangs and lunar eclipses. i remove stars, one     by     one as butterflies climb from holes in the wall, monstrous deep purple... Read more »