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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Revisiting working hard and playing hard, but not "work hard, play hard"

Posted by on 09.27.12 at 10:36 AM

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"I was raised on the feminist ideal that I, too, could be a metaphorical rock star, not just a rock star's girlfriend," Andrea Bauer wrote in July. "By the time I was 25, I subscribed to this ideology with all of my heart, so much in fact that the mere mention of 'babies' and 'suburbs' had me bowing down to the gods of no-fault divorce and riding directly off into Chicago's seedy underground to further my career as a photographer."

Here at the Reader, we're sure glad she did. Bauer's our photo editor now, and also a fine writer. For both its crisp style and its thought-provoking substance, her July essay on the Bleader merits reading or rereading. Here it is.

Read more from Recycling Week, this week's Variations on a Theme:

"All week long, revisiting old Bleader writing," by Tal Rosenberg
"The terrorist mind—a look back at a 1972 plot to poison Chicago," by Michael Miner
"Chicago Gourmet: a look back," by Julia Thiel
"Have the NFL and referees finally come to an agreement?" by Jerome Ludwig
"Regrets, I've had TKHOWMANY," by Sam Worley
"Pathos in a shit storm," by Kate Schmidt

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