Kingfisher pic I took the other day that I thought you might enjoy, @subtraho , given your profile photo

For your optimistic-nihilist reading pleasure, a poem: The Sweet Relief of Stardust Futures

My favorite high school teacher (European History & English) parted with his vinyl collection some years ago, giving it all to a classmate of mine, who then passed on all the Steely Dan albums to me. Taking it out of the sleeve, dropping the needle, hearing the warmth and wear, I feel a connection to a younger version of the man who was already in his forties when I first sat in his classroom — a connection I can't imagine getting any other way.

Not many newsstands left in . This one, just west of the Chopin Theatre on Division, is run by a blind man who shows up, as I believe he puts it, because it's "better than sitting at home like a cabbage". is a Mastodon instance for Chicagoans current, former, and future. Its name comes from Carl Sandburg, who once compared ships pulling out to “mastodons, arising from lethargic sleep.” Our goal for is to build a community of friends and neighbors across the Windy City. Toot your pho place recommendations, meet-up ideas, pothole gripes, creative dibs, and cross-town baseball taunts—whatever you want, as long it abides by our short and sweet content policy.