The Megapolitan Flaneur: Part 1: Making the Literary Scene @ Quimby’s (9/5/13)

The Megapolitan Flâneur is a series of short travel essays. These essays will focus on my trip to Chicago – September 4 – 6, 2013 – and what I experienced. Neither chronology or inventory, the essays will be reflective, free associative, and impressionistic. Continue reading The Megapolitan Flaneur: Part 1: Making the Literary Scene @ Quimby’s (9/5/13)

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On the Noodle Road, by Jen Lin-Liu @ NYJB

At the New York Journal of Books, I review On the Noodle Road, by Jen Lin-Liu, which is “. . . a fascinating exploration of some lesser-known corners of the Asian continent and a portrait of a marriage under extreme circumstances . . .” Continue reading On the Noodle Road, by Jen Lin-Liu @ NYJB

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Oldest Chicago by David Anthony Witter

David Anthony Witter puts a new spin in the crowded field of travel guides.  Oldest Chicago offers the reader a guide to the oldest places in Chicago and its suburbs.  The guidebook encompasses everything from the commonplace (oldest school building: St. Ignatius College Prep, 1869) to the esoteric (oldest tamale shop: La Guadalupana, 1945).  From the oldest church to the oldest magic shop to the oldest slaughterhouse, they are all in here and much, much more. Witter seamlessly blends the historical, the informative, and the personal into a unique take on the travel guide.  Throughout the guide, the dark undercurrents … Continue reading Oldest Chicago by David Anthony Witter

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