Archive for May 2018

Chicago Eternal: beautiful photography and a source for Chicago bios

As a Chicago Greeter, I’m always on the lookout for sources of information about the city. My friend Molly recently gave me a newly published one: the coffee-table book Chicago Eternal, featuring graves at 31 Chicago-area cemeteries (32, if you count the Couch mausoleum in Lincoln Park). Assuming that most of the people important in... Read more »

Raising my voice against loudness

I saw Jesus Christ Superstar at Lyric Opera last week, just days before it closed Sunday. Reading critics’ overwhelmingly glowing reviews after, I was surprised that only a couple of them mentioned what I thought the production’s flaw: it was too loud. The music drowned out the lyrics. On Chicagoland Theater Reviews Dan Zeff mentioned... Read more »

Can Melania’s Be Best initiative be taken seriously?

There’s a part of me that feels sorry for Melania Trump. Just a little. It’s clear that she feels uncomfortable in the role of First Lady. She accepted the role of wife of a fat cat, but no one thought then that the fat cat would run for president. I even feel somewhat sympathetic to... Read more »
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The Great American Read and other book lists

For a reader and lover of lists, the Great American Read is a double delight. The upcoming eight-part PBS series will feature the 100 novels apparently most loved by Americans. It premieres May 22 on WTTW. The list is already online at www.pbs.org/the-great-american-read, where you can take a quiz to see how many of the... Read more »