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Emily St. John Mandel on Working Through Chaos

Emily St. John Mandel on Working Through Chaos

There’s a little bit of chaos pervading the office of writer Emily St. John Mandel. When we visit, her Greenwood Heights home is under construction and, space being a complicated issue in Brooklyn, her office room has become a defacto storage room. A couch turned on...
Manipulating Memory and Time with Author Blake Crouch

Manipulating Memory and Time with Author Blake Crouch

Peek at any one of the dozens of journals inside Blake Crouch’s Durango, Colorado home, and he may seem a bit peculiar. Advertisement That’s where genius ideas for his thrilling works of science fiction are born, in drawings and scribbles on ruled paper, like “4th...
5 Must-Reads for the Design-Minded Book Lover

5 Must-Reads for the Design-Minded Book Lover

There’s been no shortage of exemplary books to pass over our desks recently, with works as diverse as George Saunders’ award-winning experimental lit and a graphic history of Chicago’s bizarre gang business cards. Here we spotlight five must-reads...
Making Randal Ford’s Animal Kingdom

Making Randal Ford’s Animal Kingdom

There is a methodical, studious process behind photographer Randal Ford’s work, a feeling of technical mastery mixed with exacting vision. It turns out, this doesn’t come from a rigorous fine art background but rather a business school degree. “From a business...
Brandon Johnson’s Chicago gang business cards

Brandon Johnson’s Chicago gang business cards

Brandon Johnson’s latest project Thee Almighty & Insane: Chicago Gang Business Cards from the 1970s & 1980s hearkens back to a pre-digital era where gang members printed actual business cards with their symbols, nicknames, territories, and enemies as a...