Posts in category "Op/Ed writing"

"Unite with One Heart and One Mind" -- Barack Obama's essay on MLK Day 2009, the day before his first inauguration

"Unite with One Heart and One Mind" -- Barack Obama's essay on MLK Day 2009, the day before his first inauguration
On MLK Day 2009, the day before his first inauguration, President-elect Barack Obama published an essay in the Washington Times called "Unite with One Heart and One Mind," the title of which comes from Thomas Jefferson's inaugural address in 1801. I was in D.C. for Obama's 2009 inauguration and bought a copy of the paper, which I have saved. You can read the whole article here, but I wanted to share the images from the newspaper, which are included in the gallery. This does not tie directly to Eye On Chi's theme of Chicago journalism, but as MLK Day 2017 comes four days before the inauguration of this country's most embarrassing president-elect in at least 96 years (shoutout to Warren G. Harding), I thought it appropriate to look back at this essay for three reasons...

"How to Cure a Hangover" by Mike Royko, 1974

"How to Cure a Hangover" by Mike Royko, 1974
HAPPY NEW YEAR! Thank you to Dan, Dot, Chris, Katie, Jen, L.A., Xack, and of course Jimmy for making Eye On Chi great in 2011. I’m taking a week off from my Chicago journalism People With Passion series, which will resume January 11 with the Reader’s Ben Joravsky. For now, I wanted to leave everyone with a... Read more »

Columbus Day, Italian pride, Indian pain, and burying the past -- EOC spotlight on Neil Steinberg, Chicago Sun-Times

Columbus Day, Italian pride, Indian pain, and burying the past -- EOC spotlight on Neil Steinberg, Chicago Sun-Times
Last week I had the pleasure of meeting Neil Steinberg, columnist and wordsmith for the Chicago Sun-Times. We discussed writing — the business and the trade — and he gave me a copy of his 1994 book of essays A Complete & Utter Failure: A Celebration of Also-Rans, Runners-Up, Never-Weres and Total Flops, which I... Read more »
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