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Book Review: The Right Stuff

Tom Wolfe’s The Right Stuff (1979) is both an intimate look into the lives of early American aviators as well as a thorough review of the development of NASA and U.S. 561 more words

Historical Fiction

from Studs Terkel on hope

I hope for peace and sanity–it’s the same thing.


Not Your Daddy's Chicago Outfit

AUs aren’t a new concept; you crazy kids have been writing AU fanfics since the dawn of time (I’m looking at you, John Milton, you dead Satan fanboy you), and I’m totally on board for alt-history, fantasy, Lincoln being a vampire hunter, etc. 1,333 more words

20th Century America

Book Review: Play It As It Lays

Play It As It Lays (1970) by Joan Didion took me by surprise. From the very first chapter Play It As It Lays is a brutal and merciless criticism of Hollywood and American culture in the 1960s. 634 more words

Book Review

Nina: The Trailer

So last week, the first trailer for Nina, the biopic about the black jazz singer and activist Nina Simoe, was released. Here it is. 1,682 more words


Chi-Raq: Ancient Athens in Modern Chicago

Chi-Raq (2015, dir. Spike Lee) is a modernization of the classic Athenian comedy Lysistrata, first performed in 411 BC during the Peloponnesian War. When I heard about Lee’s film, I was intrigued, since it’s not every day a movie based on an ancient play gets produced, and I wasn’t disappointed. 1,701 more words


Nightmare At 20,000 Feet: Horror Stories (Richard Matheson)

Matheson’s story-telling is addictive and the heavy, meaty sense of tension-filled dread with which he is able to consistently imbue his stories is truly special. He has this way of making me feel like I am a part of the story in a way that works brilliantly, especially considering that Matheson loves an open ending. 392 more words