(Have you gone through the eighth floor’s hardbound copies of the Illinois Entertainer?) I relish the chance to spend a couple hours immersed in archives I can’t find online, to see what details catch my eye regardless of if the information can give a story I’m working on a little more context or simply capture my attention.
I also appreciate the opportunity to distance myself from my computer in the middle of the day, and to break up my workday routines. I love this work in part because the stories I write give me the opportunity to pursue something different; every week I’m usually calling a source I’ve never spoken to before to get a clearer picture of a story about a subject I’ve never written about. Since the pandemic started, I have done more of this labor in the same physical space; when a story idea affords me the opportunity to move around town more, I’ll jump to it. I’m not sure what will come of yesterday’s brief archival search, but I’ll keep digging.