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now in its one-hundred-and-eightieth year

Author Archives: Susan Barsy

Chicago: It’s fine while you need it

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

May 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

A ruined door

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

April 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

Studies in grey

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

March 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

Chicago’s New Mafia Invades

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

March 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

Where Was I?

It’s great to be back from winter vacation.  Look for my regular schedule of postings to resume.

January 12, 2013 · 2 Comments

It’s In Our Back Yard

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

December 27, 2012 · 4 Comments


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

December 25, 2012 · 2 Comments

The City Beautiful That Day

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

November 2, 2012 · 2 Comments

Big Bill Haywood

There’s something raw about the history of the 1910s, a period of depression and unrest, when Americans were engaged in an anxious quest for alternatives.  It was a period of … Continue reading

October 6, 2012 · Leave a comment

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