Monthly Archives: January 2009

The Chicagoan and the University

January 5, 2009
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The Chicagoan and the University

Today the University of Chicago homepage features an article and video on Neil Harris’s new book, The Chicagoan: A Lost Magazine of the Jazz Age. In the video, Harris discusses how he discovered issues of the Chicagoan in the Regenstein Library and his first impressions of the long-lost magazine. The article by Greg Borzo gives more details and notes how the magazine reflects the University’s own prominence “in the city’s cultural, political, and social life during the 1920s and ’30s.” Borzo quotes Harris as he explains: “Back then, the University of Chicago was a bigger player, relatively speaking, than it is today because there was no University of Illinois-Chicago, and the Catholic universities were not as prominent. Plus, Hutchins was the golden boy, and we had a football team.” As illuminating as the Chicagoan is about socialites and politicians, its deepest value is a record of its creators. “The significance and importance of this glorious publication lies in it contributors,” Harris says. There were a lot of contributors—468 people during one seven-month period, according to a magazine promotion. Harris tracked down the identity of scores of these contributors, and the book includes a chapter with . . .

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Donald Westlake, 1933-2008

January 2, 2009
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Donald Westlake, 1933-2008

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