Windy City Times - publishing since 1985  | November 7, 2019
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Jeanne Balke on career, WWII, life as a lesbian pre-Stonewall

Just a few weeks before Chicago native Jeanne Balke's 10th birthday, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, plunging the United States into World War II. Balke and her family lived in the public housing project Cabrini-Green and she attended what is now called LaSalle Academy at the time. Due to her love of reading, she paid attention to what the newspapers were saying about the war. "I would see the headlines that said 'War Declared' and remember everyone on the street talking about it," Balke told Windy City Times. READ MORE

Life's a witch in Augusten Burroughs' new memoir

After reading Augusten Burroughs' new tome Toil & Trouble some readers might have a "Witch, please?!" reaction to the memoirist's big reveal that he is a practicing witch. In Toil & Trouble, Burroughs writes about discovering his abilities at age 9 on a bus ride home from school. Staring at the blur of trees flashing by his window, he suddenly became filled with anxiety, followed by a certainty that something terrible had happened to his grandmother. In fact, earlier that day, his "Amah" had been in a car accident, his mother reveals, breaking a rib and puncturing a lung. His ability to "know things he shouldn't have known," is because he is a witch, his mother informs him, a descendant from a long line of witches hailing back to the days of the early U.S. colonies. READ MORE

COMEDY: Whitney Chitwood makes the case for Chicago
Six years ago, Whitney Chitwood was living in New York, trying to make it in theater, and feeling disillusioned, "because I did it all my life. So I would go to comedy clubs and watch shows a lot, and got bit by [the comedy bug] that way. I just wrote on my own and didn't perform for anyone for maybe six months. And then I got very drunk and went to my first open mike. When you do it once, you get sucked in, for sure."  READ MORE

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