“Almost There” Gets There

Documentaries about artists can go wrong in a million different ways. Take John Maloof's recent Finding Vivian Maier, which is more a film about Maloof's transformation from a ragpicker into the self-appointed keeper ...

2015-01-27T11:26:53+00:00 December 19th, 2014|

Lockdown City

NATO held its international meeting in Chicago a couple months before I decided to quit driving a cab in 2012. Mayor Emanuel turned the city into a militarized showplace for the visitors' benefit.

2015-01-28T14:35:38+00:00 October 21st, 2014|

Bygone Neighborhoods / Luminous Effects

Every city is a text. You can read the city. My favorite way to read Chicago is like a book of poetry. Not necessarily straight through but jumping around, page to page, focusing hard on one thing, then flipping past others ...

2015-01-28T14:36:34+00:00 October 7th, 2014|

Summer Girl … and Other Duties as Assigned

Chicago’s Greyhound terminal in late Aug. 1966 certainly lacked cheer and charm, and perhaps safety. But to me, holding a one-way ticket back to Calumet County, WI, it was a suitable escape platform from my job as a “Summer Girl”

2015-05-28T12:56:50+00:00 August 20th, 2014|