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    • Potty Poet
    • Potty Poet

      Armed with gum tack and verse, Sid Yiddish is turning public bathrooms into alternative spaces for reflection.
    • Hell in a Cell
    • Hell in a Cell

      Tamms supermax prison was built to punish disruptive inmates with temporary solitary confinement. Yet Reginald Berry spent the better part of eight years there—and he was luckier than many.
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    • Books/No Wiseguys Just Guys

      Ex-journalist Donald Evans turns his stint as a gambler and bookie into a debut novel.
    • Correction

    • The System: Occupational Hazard

      A public defender tries to dump a job where he'd have to call a sitting judge a liar.
    • Lifestyles/Earn Local, Ride Global

      George Christensen spends the winter as a bike messenger and the rest of the year touring the world on two wheels.
    • Setting the Bar for Smut

      Every Saturday night Steve "Pudgy" De Rose turns the Twisted Spoke into a porno house.
    • Up Everest, Quietly

      Sophia Danenberg was the first black woman to sit on top of the world and nobody noticed.
    • Everybody Loves a Parade

      Andy Thayer finally figured out how to get an antiwar protest routed down Michigan Avenue.
    • Life After Exoneration

      South-sider James Newsome and other casualties of the justice system speak up in a new oral history from McSweeney's.
    • The Devil Made Him Do It

      After touring from Java to Spain, septuagenarian flamenco dancer Edo Sie found stomping grounds in Chicago.
    • Driving Miss Mary

      Keeping up a little-known Catholic tradition is getting harder.
    • Does Rehabilitation Work?

      For his latest PBS documentary, Tod Lending spent three years following two ex-cons as they struggled to stay straight.
    • Whose Holocaust Is It Anyway?

      Why Alan Dershowitz wants DePaul professor Norman Finkelstein fired.
    • And Then I Got Called a Pussy Faggot

      All the flak he's been catching for his inflammatory stamp art has persuaded Al Brandtner that he really is an artist.
    • A Neo-Futurist Never Looks Back

      After a painful divorce and a three-year hiatus, the creator of the long-running Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind is recharged and looking to expand the franchise.
    • Winnifred Birts

    • How to Win the War on Drugs

      Picnics, dancing, bowling--these are all part of a local program for convicted drug offenders that's cheaper and more effective than prison.
    • Geoffrey Mac

    • The Cubbalist

      Rabbi Byron Sherwin knows how to lift the Cubs' curse. But don't ask him to do it.
    • Rebecca Wolfram

    • George Klauba