Author Archive for Christopher Riehle

Hysteria Complicated by Ecstasy

Last week, the University of Houston bade a prolonged farewell to their century-old football stadium.  Speeches were given, mournful music was played, people payed good money to own pieces of concrete strung along a necklace. President Hutchins unceremoniously submerged a…

Buying with Purpose

“Our Black Year,”  a new book by writer and UofC Law School graduate Maggie Anderson, opens with the author and her Harvard-educated financier husband savoring a celebratory lobster in a chic Gold Coast restaurant. The ensuing tome, in a harshly…

Out of Hiding

Bernard Scavella, the veteran saxophonist, is a man of few words. His breath seems like a terrible thing to waste. The virtuoso divides his time between his work as a pharmacist and mesmerizing gaggles of jazz buffs on the weekends.…

Written in Blood

On a punishing day in late July, 40 years before the advent of air conditioning, four black teens plunged into Lake Michigan some insufficient distance north of 29th Street. At some point, the boys drifting carefree on a makeshift raft…

Egypt reels

“I find it outrageous that the corporate-sponsored media are saying things like ‘people in Cairo are tired of all the protests,’” said a red-haired lady, looking genuinely affronted as her voice cut through the hush of a retrofitted Victorian living room.

Floating the Dope

Veteran radio journalist Victoria Lautman is no stranger to the drawn-out pleasures of the symposium. She’s the Chicago Humanities Festival’s go-to interviewer and has recorded tete-a-tetes with literary bigwigs like Junot Diaz, Edwidge Danticat, and Martin Amis. Nevertheless, before sitting down with Amitav Ghosh last Sunday, she confessed to a full house at Mandel Hall that she was more nervous than she’d ever been before meeting an author.