Staff writer for the Chicago Reader, formerly for the Riverfront Times in St. Louis. I write about books, hipsters, dogs, the Human Cannonball, Napoleon enthusiasts, the afterlife, and many, many other things.
The first exhibit you're likely to encounter at the new American Writers Museum is a temporary installation. That's a good thing, because it means that Palm: All Awake in the Darkness—a commissioned artwork meant to evoke poet W.S. Merwin's garden in Maui and consisting mostly of potted plants on wire shelves—will eventually be removed.
Ever since Naperville brewery Solemn Oath turned on the lights in May 2012, its beers have been available on tap only. Bottling is not only labor and capital intensive, it also diverts beer from draft customers clamoring for more. (A good problem to have, but still a problem.) But Solemn Oath has been growing steadily, adding tanks in January 2013 and again in October; it kegged 780 barrels in 2012 and 2,000 this year, and its annual capacity has reached 3,200.
Among the Jewish festivals, Shavuot has been the most sadly neglected by secular Jews, either because it falls outside the standard Hebrew school year or, after Passover, many of us just have serious holiday fatigue. This is a shame, because Shavuot has some nice features, namely encouragement of consumption of cheesecake and all-night study sessions.