Archive for March, 2009

“The Smallest Composite”

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

A very very short and I suppose technically flash fiction story of mine appears in April’s decomP magazine. Here, for your review, is “The Smallest Composite”, which I’ve named in honor of the number four.


Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

Well hey thanks, Chicago Reader and people who read the Reader, voters, and personal friends. The Slide has been deemed this year’s Readers’ Choice for “Best Book By A Chicago Author In The Past Year“. The Reader’s Choice (very important apostrophe placement) is Aleksander Hemon’s The Lazarus Project.

Logan and Western

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

I have compiled my early review of the almost open Logan Square skatepark:

Logan Square skatepark is going to be okay. It will not be great by any stretch of anyone’s imagination. But it will be covered and lit, and they have two flat bars, which up until now I had to drive to east bumble to find a flat bar, so that’s good. The transitions are gentle but I think the coping will be alright. Some of it is very dumb, but we all expected dumbnes. Also, on the way home I ran into Grumpy who was on his way there. Nice running into people, I think, usually.

St. Louis, Hooray

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

…In which Southern Living Magazine (note: not Midwestern Living Magazine (question: real magazine?)) gives mad propers to the brand newly revitalized downtown St. Louis. Hear the gush:

Style has come home to roost in St. Louis. Downtown is experiencing a major revitalization, powered by a brigade of young artists and designers who are giving the area a new lease on life, much like that vintage Chanel handbag you found in your grandmother’s attic.

This, I believe, is relevant news even for those of us whose grandmothers never had attics or handbags or sometimes even hands to hold a bag or fruit. It is relevant because “style”, that rare, winged bird, has finally returned home. Thank you Jennifer V. Cole for the metaphor.