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Essay: Nothing new about America’s cancel culture

Essay: Nothing new about America’s cancel culture

The other day, I started reading Jane Austen’s delightfully droll and perceptive 1813 novel Pride and Prejudice, and it’s gotten me thinking about the cancel culture. “Cancel culture” is a fairly new term predominately used by conservatives to complain about how American institutions, businesses and social networks punish — or cancel — an individual who

Essay: Nothing new about America’s cancel culture
Essay: Nothing new about America’s cancel culture

The other day, I started reading Jane Austen’s delightfully droll and...

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Book review: “Storm Front: Dresden Files” by Jim Butcher
Book review: “Storm Front: Dresden Files” by Jim Butcher

Jim Butcher’s 2000 novel Storm Front, the first of the very successful...

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After reading “State of Relax” by Eileen Myles
After reading “State of Relax” by Eileen Myles

After reading “State of Relax” by Eileen Myles By Patrick T. Reardon ...

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CHICAGO BORN & BRED
Patrick T. Reardon is a Chicagoan, born and bred. He is a writer, essayist, poet and expert on the history of Chicago. He is the author of eight books and has been writing about the city, its region, its planning issues and literary scene for more than 40 years. For much of that time, he was an urban affairs reporter and feature writer at the Chicago Tribune, delving deeply into social issues, public policy questions and the interconnections within the Chicago region.

 

He was the primary reporter and team leader on a wide variety of in-depth multi-part series on such subjects as the urban underclass, Chicago’s public school system and the middle-class migration out of the city. He has written extensively about his Catholic faith in articles and essays in a variety of newspapers and magazines, as well as in several books. His essays and poems have appeared widely in the United States and Europe. He is writing a book about Chicago’s elevated Loop.

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