Stories of Impostors

Individuals who adopt a new identity or create a fictitious past make for intriguing narratives, especially in the true crime genre. Con artists, tricksters and impostors have claimed royal lineage, impersonated doctors and pilots, and have fraudulently sold historical buildings. The reason for their shams vary from greed to narcissism. Check out these absorbing stories of…
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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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