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The [Friday] Papers

The Papers will appear next on Tuesday.

From the inbox.

1. From Common Cause Illinois:

"On Saturday January 20th, leaders and organizers from Common Cause Illinois (CCIL) will host a breakfast rally for volunteers and members before they march together at the 2nd Annual Women's March, The March to the Polls.

"Last year, Common Cause Illinois members joined more than 250,000 women and allies from across the state for the first-ever Women's March Chicago. This year, CCIL is excited to partner with them again for the Women's March to the Polls.

"Attendees will enjoy breakfast, hear from some of the top CCIL advocates from across the state, and meet other activists before walking to the march together at 10:30 a.m."

Where: Columbia College, 624 S. Michigan Ave. (only a block from the start location!)

When: Saturday, January 20th at 9 a.m.

2. From Kevin Davis:

"Reserve your seats now for a special screening of this incredible documentary [Sarajevo Roses] by photojournalist Roger Richards who covered the war in the former Yugoslavia and returns to revisit those he met during the conflict.

"During the almost four-year siege of the Bosnian capital city of Sarajevo, hundreds of thousands of bombs rained upon the city from the surrounding hills. Every shell exploding on a road or paved area left an imprint resembling that of a flower. This is a story of Sarajevo, and of a search for healing and inner peace after war."

3. From the Illinois chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention:

"The Illinois Chapter of AFSP has a fun event planned on Thursday, February 8 and we hope you will join us! Meet and mingle with fellow supporters of mental health awareness and suicide prevention for A Night of Mind Reading with Mark Toland to support a good cause and enjoy an evening that will amaze you.

"Pizza will be served and a cash bar will be available. There are a limited number of tickets so register today!"


The Beachwood Wall

Tim: Why not agree to building the Wall? It's a jobs program. It might be shitty symbolism but otherwise it's like Keynes's idea that in a depressed economy it's worth it even to hire one group of workers to bury piles of cash and a second group to dig it up. Unemployment nationwide isn't all that bad right now but why not give the construction sector a boost?

Steve: Or just have Roger Waters play at the border and tell Trump he can then claim to have built The Wall.

Tim: How about hire one team to build the Wall and another one to tear it down?

Steve: Build a different Wall every time and make it a tourist attraction . . . like Alinea, feature a different wall in history . . . in 2019, the Great Wall of China! In 2020, the Berlin Wall! In 2021, Pink Floyd's The Wall! Hey, that's not bad!

Tim: Trumpty Dumpty sat on the Wall. It was amazing, believe me.


New on the Beachwood today . . .

The Problem With Amazon's Short List
The richest man in the world is also about to become one of most taxpayer-subsidized because, well, no good reason but misplaced civic pride and vanity mixed with the selfish ambitions of too many politicians who want to claim a win no matter the real consequences of the contest before us.


Red Flags Ignored In Nassar Abuse
The sheer amount of complicity involved in the abuse of nearly 100 women and girls is gut-wrenching.


Winning The SAT Wars
"More than one-third of America's four-year nonprofit colleges now reject the idea that a test score should strongly determine a student's future."

Rahm's CPS, of course, is going in the opposite direction.


How To Look At Art
A nice, short explainer from the Art Institute of Chicago.



WCLR 102 FM - "Chicago's Choice Is Clear" (1984).





Artforum 'Shamelessly Joins Forces' With Ex-Publisher Knight Landesman To Try to Squash Lawsuit, Lawyers for Amanda Schmitt Say.


Freshii's Open Letter In The Tribune To Subway.


When Rahm Called In A Favor From An Accused Racist To Help Him Shore Up The Black Vote In Chicago.


When The Chicago City Council Demanded You Shut Up And Sit Down, Just Like They Do.


When Obama Lied About NSA Surveillance.


One Texas Woman's Unpopular And Paradoxical Quest To Prove She Owns A Major Work Of Conceptual Art.


A sampling.

In light of the Pritzker tape, as long as we're gonna play that game . . .




The Beachwood Tronc Line: Now unionized!


Posted on January 19, 2018

MUSIC - Chief Keef Changed The Industry.
TV - Vizio's Best Product Is You.
POLITICS - UIC: Soda Taxes Work.
SPORTS - More McCaskey Malpractice.

BOOKS - All About Poop.


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