Songs of Protest

There is a rich history of protest music in this country, and these songs have carried social movements and inspired change. In celebration of One Book, One Chicago, I'll highlight some noteworthy protest songs.  "Strange Fruit," which was originally a poem that became a song, was first recorded by Billie Holiday in 1939 and would […]

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#TBT: Happy 75th, Casablanca

In November 1942, Casablanca was released in New York City. For this Throwback Thursday, let's look at what is, arguably, one of the most beloved films of all time and which remains influential.  Oscar darling La La Land subtly and overtly references many classic Hollywood movies and musicals including Casablanca, such as Mia's fascination with Ingrid Bergman. The […]

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Lady Killers: Real and Imagined

Sarah Schmidt’s See What I Have Done, a fictional account of the murder of Lizzie Borden’s father and stepmother, has readers talking about this infamous case again. Borden's story has enjoyed a long shelf life, and the case has been covered in both fiction and nonfiction. Her story continues to fascinate readers. Although acquitted in […]

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#TBT: Happy Birthday, Aretha!

For Throwback Thursday, let’s wish the Queen of Soul a happy 75th birthday! Aretha Franklin started her career singing gospel in churches as a teen. She signed with Columbia Records in 1960, but her career as a pop artist catapulted when she left Columbia and signed with Atlantic in 1967. I Never Loved A Man […]

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Top Picks: 5 Dreadful Dads

Literature has its fair share of bad dads. There are those who drink, beat, meddle, belittle and steal, among far more horrifying acts. To celebrate Father's Day, I've picked five dreadful dads featured in some great books and one play. You'll be thankful these awful guys aren't your pop. Jack Torrence in The Shining. What could go […]

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#TBT: Lady Gaga Is Born

For this Throwback Thursday, I'd like to look at the stratospheric rise of Stefani Germanotta, better known as Lady Gaga, who turns 30 on Monday, March 28. In less than a decade since her first album, The Fame, Lady Gaga has made an indelible mark on pop music, even drawing comparisons to Madonna. There has […]

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