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  • REVIEW: 'All Our Tragic' by The Hypocrites ★★★★

    REVIEW: 'All Our Tragic' by The Hypocrites ★★★★
    "Make no little plans" long has been the mantra of this city, a common justification for our hubristic plans for the skyline or lakefront, often trumping fiscal prudence. But between 11 o'clock in the morning and 11 at night on Sunday, a stretch of theatrical time so voluminous as to permit nothing else in the day, a small and poor Chicago theater company took Daniel Burnham's words as narrative challenge, laying out, in one colossal fully-produced endeavor, all of the great Greek stories that nursed Western civilization, all the stories that begot all our other stories, all our attempts to wrestle civilization and democracy out of our incessant natural savagery.
  • Listening to James Baldwin (and others) in 'Calliope Author Readings'

    James Baldwin's 90th birthday falls this week, and to mark the occasion, I've been listening to him read. The source? “Calliope Author Readings,” a set of two CDs, recorded in the early 1960s and featuring, among other highlights, two tour...

    Nelson Algren award affirms power of written word

    Results had been tabulated, but the first place winner wasn't answering his phone. It was, after all, his wedding day. Multiple redials. Finally, he picked up with a polite, but anxious, voice. The results were in, and I was calling to inform Ben Hoffman...

    Del Close's lasting impact on iO, and the rest of us

    Del Close's lasting impact on iO, and the rest of us
    His shadow is a substantial thing, shading the increasingly active and ever-expanding Chicago comedy world in the same way that Louis Sullivan still influences young architects, Muddy Waters impacts bluesmen or Nelson Algren whispers to writers. Del...

    Ben Hoffman on his Nelson Algren Award-winning story

    Ben Hoffman on his Nelson Algren Award-winning story
    Ben Hoffman was just a handful of rejection letters away from giving up on writing before he ever really started. About five years ago, after a stint teaching seventh- and eighth-graders through Teach For America in Washington, D.C., Hoffman, 30,...