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Lit Top 5: May 2024

May is a month of festivals and general literary abundance throughout the city.

When He Grooved in Chi: How the City Shaped the Writing and Worldview of Terry Southern

Southern spent nearly two years in Chicago, graduating from Northwestern University before returning to Europe and earning international fame. Reflecting on Southern’s life before what would have been his hundredth birthday, his son Nile Southern says that Terry’s Chicago days were critical to his outlook on art and politics. Chicago educated him, and then further radicalized him.

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