Category: chicago novels

Uncomfortable literary plot summaries

Monkey Muck, a blog I’ve followed for quite a long time now, wrote this hilarious post of uncomfortable literary plot summaries. I particularly like, “The Razor’s Edge: Upper class British twit gets sick of drinking and partying and discovers Buddhism” and “The World According to Garp: Wrestling obsessed writer with a one-eyed son befriends transsexual... Read more »

Quintessential Chicago book list: Chicago sports books

Our ChicagoNow Bulls Confidential wrote recently about basketball-themed books, which serves as a marvelous segue: It’s time for the next segment of the 100 Quintessential Chicago Books List project. We kicked off the project with a list of classic Chicago novels. This time around, we’re talking sports books. So let’s hear it: What sports-oriented books... Read more »

Quintessential Chicago Book List: Classic Chicago Novels

During Printers Row Lit Fest, I unveiled a new project here on Chicago Subtext: the 100 Quintessential Chicago Books List Project. The project is a list I’ll be compiling, with a new genre of focus each month, of the books which shape and best capture the feeling of Chicago. This inaugural month, we begin with... Read more »

Printers Row Lit Fest Wrap-Up

Great success in Colonel Tribune’s ChicagoNow booth at Printers Row Lit Fest this weekend in Chicago. I met a ton of people, saw did a series of live-stream author interviews on the spot for Chicago Subtext throughout the weekend and hung out with the ChicagoNow gang including staff and fellow ChicagoNow bloggers Jason Chin of... Read more »

Printers Row: Chicago Subtext Author Interviews & a Chance to Vote

In a previous post, I mentioned I’d be giving you, readers dear, a behind the scenes look at Printers Row Lit Fest over the weekend and in the days that follow, but what we have yet to discuss is where, exactly, yours truly may be found during the festival weekend and what, precisely, it is... Read more »

Video: Songs Inspired by Literature

Granted, the video is on the long-ish side, but it’s fun and offers interesting insight to some popular songs I’d not, I’ll admit, previously realized were inspired by literature. The Cure song inspired by Camus’ The Stranger, The Smiths drawing inspiration from Tennyson and Dylan’s praise of Shelley I knew, though mainly as a result... Read more »

Chicago In Novels: Life on the Mississippi

Life on the Mississippi is Mark Twain’s two-part memoir of his adventures as a steamboat pilot along the Mississippi River as a young man, published simultaneously in the US and UK in 1883 (James R. Osgood & Co, Boston and Chatto & Windus, London, respectively). Though Twain wrote often of his many experiences on and... Read more »

Between Covers: With Two Men Named Charles

Welcome to a new feature here on Chicago Subtext called Between Covers. Sounds straight out of Chicago Now’s very own Sex & The Windy City blog. Ohhh, cha-cha-cha! Racy, no? Ahem. Perhaps an explanation is in order. Last week, I chatted with Suzy Takacs, owner of one of our city’s excellent independent bookstores, Lincoln Square’s... Read more »

Chicago In Novels: Let No Man Write My Epitaph

The third novel of Willard Motley, Let No Man Write My Epitaph, gives us today’s Chicago In Novels quote. Though Halsted Street has changed dramatically since this was written in 1958 (Hello, condos, anyone?), much of it still holds quite unchanged decades later: “It is one block from Africa to Mexico, from Mexico to Italy... Read more »