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Monthly Archives: September 2010

A Lunchtime Stroll, September 30, 2010

Walked north on Michigan, stopped in at Jazz Record Mart, then walked much of my original route to work (Montgomery Ward) in 1990. Much has changed, but more than I thought hasn’t. Kept heading north and wandered past Bughouse Square. Searched for the Dil Pickle Club alley but wasn’t sure if I found it. turns […]

They Conspired to Cover-Up the Financial Abuse, etc., Pt. 2

Grisly, Man

I recently finished a double-bill of non-survivalist media by reading Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild and watching Werner Herzog’s film Grizzly Man. The thread running through both works is obvious—young to youngish fellow enters the Alaskan wilderness to escape civilization and become one with nature, eventually perishing when nature proves a terrible host. They’re both […]

A Lunchtime Stroll, September 27, 2010


I can’t believe it took me this long to see the damn thing. Kindly hipster strangers took the picture for me, though I have to wonder why composition is so hard for some folks (the eye is cut off on top). I mimed “turn it on its side” to them, but they didn’t get it. […]


I love my new coffee press. Sorry, I can’t orgasmically discuss its technological aspects, so please don’t “press” me to do so. See what I did there? “Press.” The note is from wiseacre co-workers who hadn’t seen me for two days because I was hiding in a meeting room proofing a big document—it’s the only […]

What’s He Building in There?

My latest project. What could it be? I’m sure some of you know already. I’m just happy that after two years of fatherhood, I’m returning to the workshop. God, it’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since I took that woodworking class. That crazy, crazy-ass woodworking class… If we ever meet, buy me […]


Standing in front of an elevator in the Tribune Tower that my grandpa might have run as an operator during the 1930s and 40s.

Typewriter Porn

Jack Torrance’s Adler Universal, The Shining Barton Fink’s Underwood, Barton Fink All the President’s Men His Girl Friday Clark Nova, Naked Lunch

Shine On, You Crazy Harvest Moon

And hello to you too, Jupiter, Bringer of Jollity (the star directly “below” La Luna).