Six years ago I typed out and illustrated Stuart Dybek’s Christmas story, “Vigil” for Chicago Independent Bookstore Day.
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Snow is my favorite thing that nature does. There’s a small mountain that tops out halfway up my front window.
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I avoided reading him all this time because of that name. Seems like a put-on.
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His mask is under his chin like a kerchief. The bus comes and he starts yammering at the driver before even sitting down.
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I’ve never met Ike, but I just painted his portrait.
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Now that the book is off to the printers, it’s time to start over. Like at the bar at the end of the night, when it’s time to 'Z' out the register.
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* This was written to induct Shel Silverstein into the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame in 2014.
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I’ve been living in InDesign the past week or two. It’s not my favorite neighborhood but it’s where I have to go to make my book.
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I scrolled through pages and pages of wreckage and injury for reference photos. 
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Lon’s a hat guy. It’s not because of the bald spot. Or, not only because of it.
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I didn’t grow up with Pinocchio. I had the Soviet knock-off, Buratino. I thought about him this week after seeing Matteo Garrone's unsettling new Pinoc…
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A new friend says Lit! the way I’d say cool.
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