An incendiary book, Black P. Stone Nation, is discussed at the Hyde Park Unitarian Church, leading to a wider discussion on gangs and violence on the South Side.
by Harrison Smith •
“Segregation” is a dirty word. Even before it had a specifically racial meaning, it was, according to historian Carl Nightingale, a word used mostly by researchers to describe the loosening of chemical bonds and hospital officials to refer to the…
by Colin Griffin •
For nearly 50 years, the intricate maze of books that lies at the bottom of a steep staircase in the basement of the Chicago Theological Seminary building at 5757 South University Avenue in Hyde Park has been an incredibly popular place to get lost.
by Rachel Wiseman •
In 1929, Joseph Stalin read a story and didn’t like it. He put down Andrei Platonov’s short story “Doubting Makar” and declared it an “ambiguous work.” It wasn’t a compliment. Ambiguity in literature is dangerous–any lack of clarity in art opens up opportunities for interpretation, and thus criticism. While the state press churned out more heroic accounts of Soviet projects, Platonov’s story languished in the drawer.