Lately, there’s been an uproar about Rachel Shtier, a lady who wrote some jaded and dismissive remarks about Chicago for the New York Times, while ostensibly reviewing three books about … Continue reading
A door long boarded up on Ashland Avenue. Its panels of plywood register a significant artistic investment, the aggregate effect both sinister and surreal. Much of its meaning is illegible, … Continue reading
The beech forest lies in wait, anticipating spring. The trunks, once tufted with snow, warm and blend into a neutral palette, awash in the gentle greys soon to be shattered … Continue reading
A force that the Chicago Police can’t make inroads against is formidable indeed. We use the word “gangs” in connection with the thugs who are shooting to kill on Chicago’s … Continue reading
It’s great to be back from winter vacation. Look for my regular schedule of postings to resume.
South of Chicago lies one of the ugliest industrial areas around. From the time I first laid eyes on it, its sheer ugliness has fascinated and disturbed me. One of … Continue reading
One of our old friends in Florida sent us a box of pears from Harry and David as a holiday gift. You know: the famous ones grown in the Rouge … Continue reading
I love this old photograph looking south on Michigan Avenue toward the Jewelers Building, taken in 1951. It’s surprising how little this particular stretch of Michigan Avenue has changed in … Continue reading