‘That’s the Chicago way’Posted: Wednesday, December 31, 2008
I’ve been to Chicago twice in my life, but I’ve always had a fascination with the Second City. Eight Men Out is one of my favorite non-fiction books, The Man With the Golden Arm was one of my faves from college (that and Paradise Lost — how’s that for a literary double feature?), and Hemingway came from its suburbs. Did I mention Studs Terkel? Plus I was a huge fan of The Untouchables as a kid (the 1987 Kevin Costner-Sean Connery flick, not the Robert Stack TV series), to say nothing of The Sportswriters on TV. Oh, yeah — I heard about some community organizer from there who’s moving to Pennsylvania Avenue next month, or am I mistaken?
In fact, despite the Bulls and their pizza, Chicago seems, to copy a phrase, like my kind of town.