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  • What is the Midwestern literary tradition?

    What is the Midwestern literary tradition?
    You have your Southern Gothic tales and your Westerns, the San Francisco beats and the New York poets — but what is the literary tradition of the Midwest? It's a hazy question: People don't think of the Rust Belt as a nexus of literary culture. And yet, many of the most celebrated contemporary and classic American writers have roots here. From tiny towns necklacing the Great Lakes to towering old cities, they dig into the Midwestern landscape in their writing. And, in the universities of Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin, the Rust Belt is home to some of the best master's of fine arts programs in the country.
  • Chicago's moving to the myriad beats of Latino music

     Chicago's moving to the myriad beats of Latino music
    What exactly is meant by the term "Latino music"? The rubric is so all-encompassing as to be virtually meaningless, for there are at least as many styles and genres and varieties of Latino music as there are Latino and Hispanic cultures on the planet....

    Court case clouds legacy of photographer Vivian Maier

    Court case clouds legacy of photographer Vivian Maier
    For decades, North Shore nanny and amateur street photographer Vivian Maier privately captured everyday Chicago life in visceral detail, in the worn faces of men on a park bench, a construction worker clutching his lunch, the steely look of a woman...

    Bonding over generations of childhood books

     Bonding over generations of childhood books
    In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines OK — now continue. If you were one of the countless children who have been mesmerized by the classic picture book "Madeline," you can. Word for word, page by page, through the story of the...

    Chicago Public Library hosts back-to-school concerts this week

    Chicago Public Library hosts back-to-school concerts this week
    Back-to-school days can be a drag. Luckily, the Chicago Public Library has a good reason to celebrate — and dance. Now through Aug. 29, CPL is hosting its first-ever Back to School-A-Palooza concert series at 20 library branches. The 20-concert...