Before the music ever plays, Jolly Roger rocks Jolly Roger is holding court with an audience of one, parked at the end of the counter at the Diner Grill, a 24-hour, 13-stool eatery on West Irving Park Road. "We used to come here late at night after imbibing most of the evening.
In its heyday in the second half of the 19th century, Fall River was the leading textile producer in the United States, second in the world only to Manchester, England, a boomtown with dozens of mills. The mills are long gone, and today Fall River (about 81km south of Boston) has a growing tourism industry.
By William HagemanChicago Tribune New animal books explore the historical and sociological significance of animals. Plus, there's room for some whimsy - as well as a look into seaworthy sex lives: "Once They Were Hats: In Search of the Mighty Beaver" by Frances Backhouse (ECW Press): Man nearly drove the beaver to extinction, hardly the way to treat a creature that was a huge part of America's early days.