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J.R. Jones

J.R. Jones 

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I'm the film editor for the Reader, where my writing on the arts has appeared regularly since 1996, and the author of The Lives of Robert Ryan, a biography of the film noir legend to be published in May 2015 by Wesleyan University Press. I'm also a member of the National Society of Film Critics, a three-time honoree in the awards of the Association of Alternative Newsmedia, and, according to the website Vocativ, the most reliable movie critic in America. When I think about all the stuff I've published in the Reader, my head hurts, but a few pieces stand out: "Friends of Bill," about my visit with William S. Burroughs; "Out of the Wreckage," a personal reminiscence of novelist Richard Yates; "Ska's Lost Cause," about the racial history of Chicago ska; "The Pope Who Found Jesus," about the spiritual awakening of punk-pop musician Josh Caterer; and "Prove It All Night," a chronicle of the now-shuttered Lakeview Lounge that was anthologized in Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000.
  • Good Prose From the Past
  • Good Prose From the Past

    An introduction to the wild literary ride of Clifford J. Doerksen.
  • Out of the Wreckage

    Richard Yates knew enough sorrow to fill a bookshelf. At the end of his life, when I knew him, he was still working on it.
  • Pesky Facts

  • My Mistake

  • Our Lists, Ourselves

    The ubiquity of Sideways on year-end lists says more about critics than about the movie--and so does the backlash against it.
  • Out of the Wreckage

    Richard Yates knew enough sorrow to fill a bookshelf. At the end of his life, when I knew him, he was still working on it.
  • Extras! Extras!

    The search for the perfect face in the crowd.
  • Correction

  • The Pope Who Found Jesus

    After chasing stardom with his band, the smoking popes, Josh Caterer traded life in the spotlight for a spot in the choir.
  • Mix Master

    Recording engineer Jim Reeves manned the sound board for some of the biggest stars of the rock era, but he's finally found his own balance working out of his Evanston studio.
  • Prove It All Night

    It's late, the bar's deserted, and they've played this song a million times before. When fame and fortune are out of the question, what keeps a band onstage?