Archive for March 2022

Volodymyr vs. Vladimir: What's in a name?

Volodymyr vs. Vladimir: What's in a name?
What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet. — William Shakespeare, “Romeo and Juliet,” Act II, Scene ii I’m not reading as much print news recently as I once did. The other day, I got irritated with one too many broadcasters pronouncing the names of... Read more »

Memory and music now

Memory and music now
“I remember the time I knew what happiness was; let the mem’ry live again.” — from “Memory” in the musical “CATS” by Andrew Lloyd Webber I have been touched deeply by two musical stories resulting from the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Both feature the same little girl, Amelia Anisovych, age seven. Amelia gained fame on... Read more »

This post has no time limit

This post has no time limit
I’ve been reading various online publications lately, whether finding them myself or finding posts shared on Facebook or LinkedIn. More and more stories (commentaries, analyses, or just reports) have a note beside the byline: 2 minute read 4 minute read 5 minute read The presumptuousness of that scares me. How do they know how quickly... Read more »
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How to Write a Mystery: My ideas on outlining (or not)

I have been enjoying reading, sometimes even studying, the essays in “How to Write a Mystery” which argue in favor and against the practice of outlining a novel before writing it. (Those against outlines are known in the writing community as “pantsers,” as in flying by the seat of your… .) I see advantages in... Read more »

ChicagoNow's Best Posts of February 2022

Every month, ChicagoNow holds a contest to find the best posts that appear on ChicagoNow.com. Of more than 1,000 posts in February 2002, these are the 20 judged to be the best. The Chicago Board of Tirade Isn’t prayer the exact OPPOSITE of faith? Cheating Death Sentimentality is not the source of love Comedians Defying... Read more »