Moby Dick: The Hunt Continues

The hunt for the white whale is on this summer in Chicago with the Lookingglass Theatre production of Moby Dick. As the ultimate tale of obsession and revenge takes the stage, you can #FindTheWhiteWhale around Chicago. It's even been spotted at Harold Washington Library Center. Considered by many to be the greatest American novel, Moby-Dick, Or, The Whale follows Ishmael's adventures as…
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Impending Doom: Flood

This post is the fourth in the series Impending Doom, nightmarish visions of the coming apocalypse. This is the way the world ends: crushing waves, rising tide and nobody is getting on any arks. Drowned cities beneath endless blue, their ruins slowly crumbling, washing away to sand and silt. Urban fantasy favorite Francesca Lia Block brings her magic to…
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5 Articles About Songs

Let's take a look at a range of recent articles on that humble but profoundly powerful art form, the song. While most songs only last a few minutes in performance, some of them have long and interesting histories. You can read these articles using CPL's Online Resources, but I've also noted if an article is available freely on the web. "'Blurred…
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Lake Shore Drive

Lake Shore Drive is a choice, if not particularly exclusive, street. According to the U.S. Census, more than 10,000 of the Near North Side’s 80,000 residents live within a block west of Lake Shore Drive. Another 774 live in Lake Point Tower at 505 N. Lake Shore Drive (the only odd numbered address and the…
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Chicago Grit

If you like noir and novels about Chicago, there's a new favorite out for you. The Governor's Wife by Michael Harvey is the latest in the Michael Kelly series, which starts with The Chicago Way. Harvey's books are atmospheric, and pretty much all the places he mentions actually exist, or have existed. Harvey's specialty is conspiracies, but they all seem…
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Listen Up: Audiobooks for Teens

While I love reading, sometimes I think a book sounds better when someone reads it to me. Take Neil Gaiman reading The Graveyard Book for example. Pretty great, right? If you're going on a road trip over summer break, or if you want to relax and listen from the comfort of your home, pick up these audiobooks! The narrators perfectly capture…
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