Nelson Algren’s City on the Make

Nelson Algren's Chicago: City on the Make

The Video Below presents a performance by David Starkey and me of a passage from “Nobody Knows Where O’Connor Went,” the last chapter of Nelson Algren’s great prose poem Chicago: City on the Make.

Shortly after Loyola Press/Wild Onion published our book Smokestacks and Skyscrapers: An Anthology of Chicago Writing, we found ourselves making our way to Chicago early, early one Sunday morning to appear on Rick Kogan’s WGN Radio show The Sunday Papers.  We spent well over an hour talking about the book, what was in it, and how we put it together.

And also, as was our custom when we went out to talk about Smokestacks and Skyscrapers, we performed some of the pieces.  I plan to post the entire show Here in the future.  For now enjoy this excerpt.

 After watching the video, read more about NELSON ALGREN.

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