Category: Literary Journalism
A Dog Formerly Known as Sue, and Her Sister Sally
This piece covers the reunion between our dog, Sally, and her sister named Motley, formerly known as Sue (Motley Sue). The get-together took place with another couple, Rick and Sharon Francis, at Morrissey Park in Champaign, Illinois.
The Scholar Boxer
The desire to lose weight and racial battle fatigue inspired Dr. J. Luke Wood to take up boxing. Now he’s aiming to move up in the sport.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Shades’ journey in the food field began at a McDonald’s in Glenview, a Chicago suburb. He admits he liked the food: “McDonald’s was 20 times better then than it is now.”
Rage for a Reason
Music-loving individuals like Baub Alred, who is featured in this story, have kept the community-run WEFT radio station going all these years. Volunteers like him come and go, but they have given this radio station a forever feel in C-U. I’m glad I got to catch the action in the studio one night in January…
Tapes have somehow also lived on in an age of Spotify and iTunes, which feels almost as mystical as Cole Rabenort’s musings.
More Than a Big Book Club and an Intro to Literary Journalism
Great Books of Journalism was more than just a large book club, as I came to find out. As we read the assigned books, we were often asked by Walt Harrington to contemplate HOW the writers were coming up with their material, and in a way in which we as readers trusted what they were…
‘Sam’s Hobby’: A Preview
One of my final literary journalism stories I wrote as I was finishing up graduate school in 2016 was on my brother-in-law Sam Logan. He had a photo project in mind, so I asked if I could feature him and he said yes.
They’re Greyhounds, ex-racers who have retained their sleek, skinny look and bound about on stilts for legs. If they ever got loose outside of a fenced yard, they would disregard the calls to come back.
Getting It Right: A Look at the Jupiter String Quartet
The Jupiter String Quartet has hit many high notes since arriving in C-U ten years ago. And when the Jupiters don’t get it exactly right, they keep plugging away.
Female Cop on the Beat: My Case for More Literary Journalism
Dan Kurash’s article gives readers an on-the-spot feel of how diverse – and dangerous – a cop’s job is while patrolling the streets in a car inundated with gadgets.