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The Chicago Public Library celebrates its 150th anniversary this year.

I’d already made a promise to myself to reboot my plan to visit every local library branch this year, a goal I made in 2020—and, well, we all know what happened that year. I usually borrow more books than I can finish in a reasonable amount of time, which can be both overwhelming and comforting. If I place all the books I’ve taken out in a pile, it’s a physical reminder of my ambitions to read a lot of text on a (pretty lax) deadline. 

But I try not to pressure myself too much to finish a book if I have no external forces demanding I do so. I like to read for pleasure, and I’m (mostly) comfortable with the pace I read books. I like having a lot of library books around the house to remind me of my omnidirectional interests. I like to pick up a book I have on my hand when something in the air—my listening habits, my work, the news, an afternoon stroll, a conversation with a friend—points me in that direction. And I enjoy walking to the closest library branch and browsing the shelves to see what jumps out at me.

Which is one of the many reasons I aim to visit every local branch I can. But first, I’ve gotta get some work done so I can carve out a little more leisure time to read.


 on tiktok midwest emo + the way we talk about music,” by Miranda Reinert (Miranda’s newsletter) 
 A Love Letter to Love,” by Jay Papandreas (Listen Up, Nerds) 
 You’re with Stupid: Kranky, Chicago, and the Reinvention of Indie Music by Bruce Adams (The Reader published an excerpt from the book last month!) 

 We Weren’t Invited, Flesh Vehicle Pt. 1
 thanks for coming, You Haven’t Missed Much
 It’s a Wise Child, Always the Last Place You Look 
🎧 Leor’s January 11 playlist

Tin Pan Alley songwriter Irene Higginbotham comes to life at Constellation
Plus: Indie rockers Sweet Bike celebrate their bassist’s birthday with a blowout at Gman Tavern.

by J.R. Nelson and Leor Galil | Read more

Chicago band Brady have a clear view of shoegaze
by Leor Galil | Read more
Collected stories
Fillet of Solo comes back live at Lifeline.

by Kerry Reid | Read more

No walk in the park
What to do about a half-built intrusion on a landmark?

by Deanna Isaacs | Read more

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Dec. 22, 2022 –
Jan. 11, 2023
Vol. 52, No. 6

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