` Boxing The Clown

Greatest album title of all time? Quite possibly.

The Vandermark 5 - Simpatico (1999)

Illustration by Mort Engel for a story in Guy Magazine


Good Taste ::  In books, music and women, This place looks like the classic bachelor pad

Look at those paperbacks!

Charles Willeford, an essay by Lawrence Block



“Now you, you look to me like a man who has eaten cat.”

willeford, one of my favorite crime writers, wrote the toughest of the tough guy stuff.


Streetcar tracks exposed near the corner of Lawrence and Wolcott. Photo by The Man On Five 4/9/14

If you’ve been on Lawrence Avenue recently, you may have noticed that they are doing some streetscaping which has left a few areas where old streetcar tracks are visible under layers of pavement. It appeared as though they were removing the last few pieces of exposed metal Wednesday afternoon under where the new islands will be in the median of the street but leaving the rest of the track there. 

My grandfather was just recently telling me stories about riding the Lawrence Avenue streetcar from Albany Park to Uptown every day before WWII on his way to work as a teenager. 

Robert Maguire’s art for the cover of The Last Kill by Charlie Wells