Selected Works

Investigations

At Profiles Theatre the drama—and abuse—is real (Chicago Reader, June 8, 2016)

The University of Chicago’s message to the class of 2019: Don’t be a rapist (Chicago Reader, September 25, 2015)

life in the trump era

Protest fashion is all the rage (Chicago Reader, December 6, 2017)

Enemy Kitchen, a food truck and public art project, serves up hospitality in place of hostility (Chicago Reader, October 5, 2017)

Was The Chicago Dyke March Controversy A Misunderstanding, Or Something Worse? (The Forward, June 29, 2017)

The future is female. So how do we get there? (Chicago Reader, March 23, 2017)

We need the Read/Write Library now more than ever (Chicago Reader, January 11, 2017)

Pussy Grabs Back (Chicago Reader, October 20, 2016)

people and dogs

People Issue 2014: Stanley and Josephine Lyskanowski, the survivors (Chicago Reader, December 11, 2014)

Patti Smith discusses art, remembrance, and detective shows  (Chicago Reader, October 27, 2014)

The twilight of Freddy the Beard (Chicago Reader, April 30, 2015)

Paradiso Błekitna Przystan is the sexiest dog in Chicago (Chicago Reader, March 26, 2014)

What happened when my dog watched DogTV (Chicago Reader, October 9, 2013)

She Flies Through the Air With the Greatest of Ease: Meet St. Louis’s Own Elliana Grace, Human Cannonball (Riverfront Times, March 21, 2013)

His Kingdom for a Mini Horse: The equine quest of Sir Kwain of Webster Groves (Riverfront Times, July 23, 2008)

Food

Flight Club Darts Chicago is a flight of fancy (Chicago Reader, July 19, 2018)

The Paul Kahan Way (Taste, October 10, 2017)

The End of Cooking For My Cat (Riverfront Times, June 22, 2010)

books

Sonali Dev’s Bollywood happily ever afters (Chicago Reader, September 22, 2016)

Kate Bolick’s new book surveys the past, present, and future of the unmarried woman  (Chicago Reader, May 14, 2015)

Is Single, Carefree, Mellow Literature or chick lit? (Chicago Reader, February 19, 2015)

The Greatest Ever Chicago Book Tournament (Chicago Reader, started November 19, 2014; concluded April 16, 2015)

Little House in the Present: America’s economic downturns run through Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books like a big three-hearted river (Riverfront Times, November 24, 2011)

Band of Bookstores: Facing extinction, indies unite to show us everything they bring to St. Louis that Amazon can’t (Riverfront Times, March 17, 2011)

history

How culinary propaganda from a women’s magazine made Thanksgiving a thing (The Takeout, November 20, 2017)

Cubs mascots: A dark and tragic history (Chicago Reader, January 15, 2014)

A tale of two minstrel shows (Chicago Reader, December 17, 2013)

The migration of the hipster: A Chicago history, 1898-present (Chicago Reader, October 2, 2013)

Mysteries and obsessions

Going beyond bronies at the My Little Pony Fair (Chicago Reader, July 1, 2015)

Heaven Can’t Wait: A skeptic’s guide to afterlife awareness​ (Chicago Reader, July 11, 2013)

The Electric Pencil: A long-lost cache of sketches by a state mental hospital inmate finally yields up some of its secrets (Riverfront Times, September 14, 2012)

Where You Should’ve Gone to High School (Riverfront Times, February 16, 2012)

Mount My Squirrel! Local taxidermist Rick Nadeau has a lot of fun with his “little buddies” (Riverfront Times, August 12, 2009)

Death Watch: Final Exit’s clandestine ways have put the assisted-suicide network on life support  (Riverfront Times, April 8, 2009)