In 1999 Loyola University Press’ imprint, Wild Onion Books, published a book David Starkey and I edited. Smokestacks and Skyscrapers was the first major anthology of Chicago writing in nearly 50 years and gained much critical praise. Here are some sound bites. See below for more.
“…a gift for all of us.” —Alan Caruba, Bookviews
“…long overdue…a virtual smorgasbord of great work…an engaging introduction to the extra-ordinary number of skilled writers that have made Chicago their home.” —Dave Newbart, Chicago Sun Times
“…demonstrates a joyful and passionate commitment to the literary arts.” —Fred Gardaphe, ed. Chicago Stories
“…an exciting literary journey through the consciousness of Chicago’s greatest writers.” —R. Craig Sautter, author Inside the Wigwam
“…fabulously talented performers and editors.” Rick Kogan—of the Chicago Tribune and WGN—said this after David and I were guests on his WGN show The Sunday Papers. Below you can hear two versions of the show: an excerpt and nearly the whole thing. Starkey and I performed several pieces from the book in shows all around the Chicago area, a practice I continued for some time with my sons Daniel and Bryan after Starkey left for the more scenic climes of California. When my book Black Writing from Chicago came out in 2006, my sons and I had even more Chicago material to perform. I would “lecture” about Chicago literature, but performance was always the center of our events. Bryan, though, died in 2006, about a month after our first show using material from both Smokestacks & Skyscrapers and Black Writing from Chicago. You can read more about Bryan and two of the memorials to him on the Emmanuel House/Bryan House main page. And, among other things, hear some of David’s and my performance on Rick Kogan’s show below. Bryan and my wife Linda were in the studio watching it all unfold.
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• Hear Rick Kogan’s radio interview with David and me.
— Full show
• Go to list of Chicago writers and articles on them.
• Read longer excerpts from reviews
• Buy copies from this website