Was Daedalus really stricken with grief when Icarus fell into the sea? Or just disappointed by the design failure?

    Was Daedalus really stricken with grief when Icarus fell into the sea? Or just disappointed by the design failure? -Alison Bechdel As a K-5 art teacher the curriculum was a yearly construction and reconstruction, and always based fundamentally on what was interesting to me and what interested my students. As a student in Professor […]

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Greta Thunberg’s speech to the UN’s Climate Action Summit. “You are failing us.”

Climate activist Greta Thunberg, 16, addressed the U.N.’s Climate Action Summit in New York City on Monday. Here’s the full transcript of Thunberg’s speech, beginning with her response to a question about the message she has for world leaders. “My message is that we’ll be watching you. “This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be up […]

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My evening with Milton Rogovin.

    Thursday nights I draw with a group at the Art Institute of Chicago. Most weeks we are in one of the galleries drawing from the collection. Just with pencils and markers. Lines on paper. Two hours. Maybe with Degas. Maybe with Gaugin (not a favorite). One evening it was in a gallery of […]

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Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers. Tim Tyson and the blood of Emmett Till.

Carolyn Bryant Donham had been a central figure in the killing of Chicago’s Emmett Till. In August of 1955, while visiting family in Mississippi, Emmett Till had entered a store to buy two cents worth of bubble gum. Shortly after exiting it was said he may have whistled at Bryant’s 21-year-old white wife, Carolyn. Enraged, […]

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Some Chicago aldermen have an odd sense of irony.

One of the pleasures of having our Hitting Left radio show and podcast – live at 11am on Friday’s. 105.5fm. Streaming at http://www.lumpenradio.com and podcast/archived at http://www.hittingleft.libsyn.com – is having as guests some really good and decent political people. Chicago city council members even. We’ve had as guests Susan Sadlowski Garza, Byron Sigcho, Rossana Rodriquez, […]

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