Recent Views

Flying above Idaho, returning from Portland. I usually don’t take pictures from airplanes, but I’m a sucker for mountains, especially ones as pretty as these. They sparkled. Chicago at sunset, as lonesome and resolute as the celestial orb overlooking it. William Fitzsimmons concert. I liked the natural quadrants that formed outward from the violinist, and the colors… Read more Recent Views

Refer Madness: RefUSA! RefUSA!

Refer Madness spotlights strange, intriguing, or otherwise noteworthy questions I encounter at the library reference desk. “It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.” Though John Adams wrote this passage about Independence Day, I’d say… Read more Refer Madness: RefUSA! RefUSA!

A Morning Brush With Rahm

This morning, I was catching a train at the Clinton green line stop when I go through the turnstiles to see a phalanx of reporters and cameramen gathered before a podium with the Chicago seal affixed upon it. Turns out Rahm Emanuel was due for a press conference on the L’s newly installed security cameras.… Read more A Morning Brush With Rahm