An homage to Chicago's greatest writer

That would be Joe Epstein, who recently retired from teaching at Northwestern University. The praise comes from Pat Hickey, one of Chicago's most authentic writers.

JoeEpstein and I grew up in the same West Rogers Park (Nortown)  neighborhood a few blocks from each other but never met. He, I'm told, went to Boone, the public school and I attended St. Tim's, the Catholic one, also on Washtenaw, a few blocks south of Boone and just south of Devon. No matter, I too, am a great fan, reading his essays and articles wherever I encounter them, mostly in the Weekly Standard.

Have a happy retirement, Mr. Epstein, but don't leave us starved for more.

 

The Great Midwest Book Festival  named my historical novel, "Madness: The War of 1812," the best general fiction book of 2013. The New York Book Festival gave it an honorable mention. Goodreads readers named it one of the best 25 books about the War of 1812. Check why out every American needs to know more about the war at http://www.madness1812.com 

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  • Indeed he deserves the plaudits as a writer, though in all honesty I vehemently disagree with some of his political and social views.

  • BTW, thanks for putting him back on my radar. I picked up a couple of his books at the Oak Lawn Library and am enjoying the one on Fred Astaire. He is a pleasure to read.

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