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Deanna Isaacs

Deanna Isaacs

I'm a staff writer at the Reader. Before that: grad student at NU, staff writer at the St. Petersburg Times, and beat reporter at City News Bureau. My first Reader story was published in 1980; I've been writing the culture column since 2000. It's been a feast of great material, including, among those in recent memory, Professor Jerry Harris's explanation of why so many of us are broke and out of work ("The Transnational Economy"); the Art Institute shuffle that bumped its Chagall windows to the back of the house ("Chagall's New Nook") ; and the state law that got artist Chris Drew in much deeper trouble than he'd bargained for when he set out to make a point about the lack of art on Chicago streets ("Accidental Poster Child"). Sometimes the fun goes on longer, as in this profile of Chicago's bad boy architect, Stanley Tigerman ("Tigerman on the Loose").
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    Northwestern opens a gift.
  • Where Are They Now?

    A stroll through Lake Forest's African-American past.
  • Pulp Factory

    Edgar Rice Burroughs, Idea Man
  • Being Edward Albee

    Who's afraid of America's most subversive playwright?
  • Material Girls

    Local chapters of the American Sewing Guild strutt their stuff.
  • A Little Bit o' Lincoln

    What does the Great Emancipator have to do with this fine writing instrument? You'll never guess.
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    Opera hits the small-time with William B. Fosser's ingenious creations.
  • Man of Mystery

    Can Chris Fleming turn his lifelong obession with the paranormal into a career in publishing?
  • Deep Doo-Doo

    Addressing a fowl problem with dogged determination.
  • Filling in the Blanks

    Clarifications From the Original Paint-by-Numbers Artist
  • Playing Against the Clock

    He's invented a word game tto rival Scrabble, but Marshall Kaminsky's future is far from secure.
  • No More Monkey Business

    Donna Rice Hughes charts a new course: battling smut on the Internet.
  • Bondsman

    The new Ian Fleming is the anti-Bond
  • Strange Landscapes

    Paul Theroux took the stage: "I've been to Patagonia, but I've never been here."
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    Inside George McGovern's Tortured Conscience
  • Art Lovers

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