Saturday, August 20, 2005

Live from Humboldt Park: Interview with Katherine Hodges

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I'm in Humboldt Park, attending an after-party for the Quimby's event we were all just at, held at the apartment of the event's organizer, Katherine Hodges and her boyfriend Shag. Here, Katherine tells us how she thought tonight's event went - but much more importantly, why they decided to serve mint juleps at tonight's event (which all of us partook of heartily), and where they came up with the recipe.

Live from Wicker Park: Random chat with Kate and Joshua

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I'm still at Quimby's Bookstore, in Wicker Park. Here, we start with the last twenty seconds of a poem my friend Kate is reading to my friend Josh; then, Kate tells us about her new book, while Josh cracks wise. Viva la mint juleps!

Live from Wicker Park: Interview with Jonathan Messinger

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The show at Quimby's is now over, and here's a five-minute interview I did afterwards with Jonathan Messinger, "The Hardest Working Man in Show Business." Jonathan is the organizer of the Hideout series of live literary events, plus is the webmaster of This Is Grand (user-submitted true stories about Chicago transit), plus is the Books Editor of Time Out Chicago. Whew! Here, a bit of talk about how he finds the time, how one actually gets a job at a place like Time Out, and how it is that every single person in Chicago's artistic community knows who Jonathan is.

Live from Wicker Park: Smoke break during Quimby's show

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Three and a half minute monologue, recorded on the sidewalk outside of Quimby's Bookstore "soundscape" style, while drinking a mint julep and talking about the podcasts I'm listening to these days and why I'm listening to them. More audio reports later tonight.

Live from Wicker Park: Interview with Jenna of "You Knit WHAT?!"

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I'm at the beginning of my long evening in Wicker Park; first, drinks and appetizers with my friend Jenna, of snarky You Knit WHAT?! fame. Here, a five-minute soundscape tour of Wicker Park's central section: we almost get hit at the North and Damen intersection; Jenna talks about her snarky website a little; we pass the building where "MTV's The Real World: Chicago" was filmed, and we both throw up some snarky comments. Many more audio reports to come tonight!