“Memory is the diary that we all carry about with us.” – Oscar Wilde

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The Lit & Luz Festival: Conversations Across Languages, Cultures, and Mediums

The Lit & Luz Festival: An Exchange Between Languages, Cultures, and Mediums

Looking for something to do this weekend? The Lit & Luz Festival, sponsored by MAKE Literary Productions, is running from October 15th – 18th, that is, from Wednesday through Saturday. A celebration of authors and artists from Chicago and Mexico City, readings, lectures, and discussions are held in locations across the city. The theme is “Archive” – personal and collective history. “Participants…

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Dean Trippe’s Something Terrible

Dean Trippe’s Something Terrible

Caution: Mentions of child molestation are difficult to read about. If this will make you uncomfortable, this is possibly not the comic for you. (The reference is non-graphic and implicit in about two panels of the comic.)

“But the day I drew the first pencil sketch of Batman putting his arm around six-year-old me, I was changed.”

Some of the most difficult stories to tell are the most personal…

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Memoryhouse Ft. Humans of UChicago #5

Take 5 from our newest collaborative project with Humans of UChicago.  Together we will be curating a series of interviews on memory across campus.  Stay tuned!

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“What are your earliest childhood memories?” Left: Deer hunting with my dad. I remmeber afterward when we had dinner, I thought it was so strange that what we were eating was once alive. Right: My earliest childhood memory was also with…

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A Prime Place for Documentaries: Weekend Movie List

A Prime Place for Documentaries: Weekend Movie List

Your Amazon Prime Account isn’t just for buying your textbooks last minute. Readers, it’s time to put your Amazon Prime Account to Some Creative Nonfiction use. Here’s a List of Ten Documentaries that you can watch on Amazon Prime.

1. Crumb

“David Lynch (Blue Velvet) presents one of the most critically acclaimed films ever made. A…

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Flames of Renewal at the 1st Annual Great Chicago Fire Festival

The Great Chicago Fire of 1871, lasted more than three days and burned down roughly four square miles of some of the most populated areas of the city killing 300 and leaving 100,000 more without shelter.  For a city which, at the time, only boasted 300,000 this became the disaster of the century.  Instead of devastation, however, the city grew stronger from the fire more than tripling its…

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Advertisements: What Are They Really Conveying?

There are many ways to understand a people, country or culture.  Archaeologists will dig in the dirt to uncover bits of pottery, religious relics or beer bottles; art historians will stare at cathedral ceilings or write theses on comic strips; anthropologists may study courtship rituals, religious festivals, or political organizations.  But there is an often under-appreciated media that can tell…

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