J.R. Jones
J.R. Jones

J.R. Jones

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, (Wesleyan University Press, 2015), a biography of the film noir legend and Chicago native. I'm also a member of the National Society of Film Critics, a five-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.

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