April 01, 2017

“The most exhausting thing in life, I have discovered, is being insincere.”

Modern Adventuress

31 MARCH 2017

Hello letter friends,

We made it through March and therefore winter is essentially done. Congratulations, all. I knew you could do it. 

I'm just dropping a quick note today. It’s the weekend and I have commenced relaxing already. Enjoy some links and a light reading recommendation.


How an Osage Indian family became the prime target of one of the most sinister crimes in American history.

Why are so many female-led projects called “camp?”

Millennial pink. I’m interested by the fact this topic has had more than one article written about it, but I’m confused about how most of the examples here are distinctly different shades of pink, which seems to undercut the entire thesis. Or maybe I care too much about colors. Which is far more likely.

When women walk the city.

The Chicago Architecture Foundation is raising funds for a graphic novel about Chicago.

On the late-1990s resurgence of dancer Frankie Manning’s legacy.

Camille Paglia on the iconic cover of Patti Smith’s Horses.

A history of coin-elongation machines.

"Ridiculous numbers of men, it seems, still didn't know how to type throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, or at least performed a kind of deliberate secretarial incompetence when it came to the basic mechanics of writing and transcription.” How many male authors’ wives typed their manuscripts.

A personal essay about hoarding, love and acceptance.

The love letters of manly men.

"For Chicago, there is no artistic or cultural history without its social history, no social history without its political history, and no political history without crime. “ A terrific piece on the place of crime in Chicago’s mythological identity.


Captain Lacey Regency Mysteries
Ashley Gardner

One thing I’ll never turn down is a good historical mystery series. Or a bad historical mystery series, for that matter. It’s my favorite light reading habit. If you have similar tastes, might I point you in the direction of the Captain Lacey Regency mysteries series. Look past the covers of ladies in ball gowns and superimposed fancy script. These are some highly entertaining novels with well-formed characters, centered around the type of man that might result if you took Philip Marlowe and smashed him through the Napoleonic Wars into Regency England. Their digital editions are also inexpensive (and the first one is free on most platforms), so load up your ereader of choice and go for it.


That’s all for today. Thank you for reading.

Hold tight. We're headed out. Don't worry, you're coming with.



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