Art Against Injustice: Notes on Revisiting Nelson Algren

I go way back with Nelson Algren. Reading his great second novel Never Come Morning in high school in the 80s introduced me to Chicago, the city which I have called home for most of my adult life. He is a writer who is loved fervently by a small cadre of rabid acolytes and largely ignored by the larger culture. The reasons for his abandonment are many. Periodically though, he is rediscovered. The last few years have been such a […]

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Dusting off: Studs Terkel interviewed for Stop Smiling

In which the interviewer becomes the interviewed. Windy City institutions Stop Smiling Magazine, and the late Studs Terkel sat down for a conversation that was included in the “Chicago” issue of the magazine. Topics discussed included; Saul Bellow calling Terkel “a Stalinist”, Terkel’s relationship with Nelson Algren, and then a comparison of Bellow and Algren to each other. It all wraps up nicely with this gem of a quote: “After his death, there was a tribute to Nelson, and someone […]

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