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The [Tuesday] Papers

Meanwhile . . .

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New on the Beachwood today and since the last column on Friday . . .

The Truth About Oprah
"She puts the cult in pop culture."

Seriously, please take the time to read this. I put a lot of work into it, and I want to shout it from the rooftops.

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This Dancer Is 11
Meet Brightyn Brems.

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The Battle Of Forest Park
Let them vote?

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Coffman: Tank The Tank
"The fact is, no true NBA contender, let alone champion, has been built through even a one-year tank, let alone the sort of multi-year job that would probably be required to make it work."

So the Bulls are doing it right - in reverse by accident! GarPax!

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The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #184: Bell & Bulls, Vic & Vikes, Corey's Confusion
Shifting narratives all over the landscape. Plus: The Duensing Principle, and Schweinsteiger!

Yeah, this was recorded (and posted) before the Vikings lost on Sunday. Thankfully I revealed my pre-game fear instead of predicting victory, because I never felt confident therein. But I never thought they'd get blown out like that, sheesh.

I believe I mentioned this on the podcast, btw:

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The Weekend In Chicago Rock
Featuring: Slow Mass, Melkbelly, No Age, Uncouth, Inner Decay, Story of the Year, Crown the Empire, Asking Alexandria, and Black Veil Brides.

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Also, caught up with a few weeks of falling behind in our music coverage. Not much missed, though, tbh; it's the dregs of the music year (which isn't to say there aren't some awesome bands here, because there are! It's more a quantity issue than a quality one). In chronological order, starting with January 5th.

The Week In Chicago Rock
Featuring: Dead Harvest, Tideshift, Lara Bell, M. Levi, and Vehicle Blues.

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The Weekend In Chicago Rock
Featuring: The Kozmic Kicks, TAFKAV, Budokan 77, and My Double Life.

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The Week In Chicago Rock
Featuring: Nobody!

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The Weekend In Chicago Rock
Featuring: Kali Uchis, Jonny Lang, Lana Del Rey, and Golden Donna.

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The Week In Chicago Rock
Featuring: Blue Dream, October Bird of Death, and The Killers.

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ChicagoGram

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ChicagoTube

Stephen Baldwin Explores The South Side For RT For Some Reason.

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BeachBook
A sampling.

George Schuyler: An Afrofuturist Before His Time.

I learned a lot reading this. You will too.

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The Bitter Secret Of Wormwood.

Do we ever really learn the truth?

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The Horror, The Horror.

Meet Isaac Babel. Please.

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NYPD Cops Furious That The Union Has Reduced The Number Of 'Get Out Of Jail Free' Cards They Can Give To Their Pals.

1. Chicago Assignment Desk, Activate!

(I seem to remember Cook County sheriff's deputies maybe having something like this? Or maybe that was just junior deputyships, or something like that. Too busy to look up, I can't do it all for you, folks.)

2. Facebook distributed this post to 14 people. That's not unusual, and that's what a joke Facebook pages for media businesses are - it's far more productive to share articles on personal pages. Beyond that, I could have just e-mailed the story to the 900 people who follow the Beachwood Facebook page!

3. One reason the Beachwood's Facebook distribution isn't higher, I'm guessing, is that readers don't engage much with the posts. So what! Not everyone wants to waste their time engaging; I rarely engage with Facebook posts. Doesn't mean I don't read them! Just such a false understanding of how people use Facebook, as well as a privileging the worst readers, just as the news business does, by rewarding an audience of folks with the most time on their hands to spend "engaging." It's so funny, time poverty/competition once drove news organizations (not to conflate Facebook and news organizations, but to extrapolate on the theme) to write shorter and simpler (not endorsing!) and, frankly, dumber, but now news orgs have turned the equation upside-down to cater to those most time-rich . . . none of which contributes to (and in fact, detracts from) an outlet's public policy mission.

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TweetWood
A sampling.

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Democrats: Always afraid of how the truth will look.

Republicans: Always afraid of the truth.

Us: Never getting the truth.

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They never learn. Some of us have been beating the drum about economic development and tourism numbers for decades, it's such an old con.

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Some good lines in this; nothing so rare or sweet as great rock writing.

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The Beachwood Tronc Line: Shelter.



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Posted on January 23, 2018


MUSIC - Chicago In The Rockies.
TV - Archie Bunker On Gun Control.
POLITICS - The Paradise Papers: The African Satellite Scheme.
SPORTS - Black Blackhawk vs. Racist Fans.

BOOKS - Writing's Power To Deceive.

PEOPLE PLACES & THINGS - RECALL! Triple T Chicken Salad.


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