“Jinx”: An Excerpt from Dmitry Samarov’s “Music to My Eyes”

Today, we’re pleased to present an excerpt from Dmitry Samarov’s forthcoming book Music to My Eyes, due out on April 1st on Tortoise Books. In it, Samarov turns the spotlight on several of the musicians who have impressed him most over the years, bringing together his impressions of their sound with memories of a changing Chicago — and, of course, his artwork, capturing the energy and emotion of musicians playing before an audience.  

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Chicago Indie Bookstores and Notable Incentives

Sometimes, literary happenings bring together a fantastic abundance of things we like. Take this year’s Independent Bookstore Day, for example. (That’s happening on May 2, for the record.) An expansion of a California-wide event, this will now involve a host of indie bookstores across the nation. And if you’ll be in Chicago on May 2, it might be a wise choice to pay a visit to one or more of the 12 stores taking part in that city. Why, you […]

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“I Was in a Little Theatre and I Was the Only Audience”: An Interview with Dmitry Samarov

I interviewed Dmitry Samarov three times. The first time, my device did not record. The second time, my device did not record. I am entirely blameless I’m sure, acts of an indifferent god both times and, anyway, the third time was a charm. Luckily, either through natural disposition or the years driving a taxicab in both Boston and Chicago, as documented in his books Hack and Where To, Samarov was more than a little patient with my endearing incompetence. Samarov’s […]

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