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BOOKS: Not The World We Want, But The World We Deserve

By Bruce Jacobs

If snoozing your way through yet another season of Downton Abbey is not your idea of chasing away cabin fever, Drew Chapman’s first novel The Ascendant may just be your ticket out. MORE...

BOOKS: The Third Coast

By Scott Jacobs

In the controversial New York Times book review trashing Neil Steinberg’s “You Were Never in Chicago”, Thomas Dyja’s “The Third Coast” is singled out, for comparison purposes, as the best of a bad lot of recent books about Chicago. This is hardly fair treatment for a fascinating history of the city that is every bit on a par with Robert Caro’s classic portrait of New York’s Robert Moses in “The Powerbroker”. MORE...

Gone Fishing

By The Editors

It’s that time of year again. Time for a little R & R with my good buddies up at the lake, and a good opportunity for you to sample around The Week Behind to see what videos, photos, country songs and stories you might have missed. Do you have a story, photo, video you’d like to share? Contact editor@theweekbehind.com. Enjoy the holidays. MORE...

BOOKS: Gunslinging, Jimmy-driving, Oil-drilling Tycoons and Mush Mouth Politicians To Boot

By Bruce Jacobs

Why do so many otherwise sane people migrate to Texas when we all know it’s full of gun-slinging Jimmy-driving rednecks, big-hair big-hat cattle and oil tycoons, and mush mouth politicians to boot? MORE...

Letter from Paris: Art and Food, Rain or Shine

By Don Rose

PARIS–The first couple of weeks in May were cold for Paris. But a cold Paris is still Paris, and there was enough occasional sunshine for lunch on a café terrace, and inclement weather can hardly put a damper on the abundance of art shows and fine restaurants that define Paris, rain or shine. MORE...

New Kid on The Crime Scene

By Bruce Jacobs

There’s a new kid on the crime scene…and kid is not far off the mark. Roger Hobbs wrote his first novel “Ghostman” during the summer between his junior and senior years at Reed College and had a publisher before graduation. Already in its fourth printing after a February launch, Ghostman is on its way to publication in fifteen translations.

What makes a routine heist novel, not far removed from the Ocean movie franchise, such a phenomenon? It’s all Hobbs. The kid has an ear for the jargon, an eye for a quick and dirty simile, and the inside skinny on how a criminal mind works. MORE...

Meet Mort & Millie

By Scott Jacobs

If we could all go back in time, I suspect no one would object to revisiting 1961. A decade of prosperity made the 1950’s a nostalgic time and John F. Kennedy’s inauguration promised a New Frontier for America. The combination of nostalgia and promise created a go-go economy in the ‘60s that spawned a new age of consumerism. Much of the packaging, design and promotion of those consumer products was based in Chicago, and the best of it came out of a small shop named Goldsholl & Associates. MORE...

Is Country Music America’s Music?

By Bruce Jacobs

Admit it; you look at “The New Yorker” cartoons first. No shame – we all have our weekly magazine quirks. I always start at the back of both “The Economist” and “New York” magazines to check out the weekly Obituary and Approval Matrix. When “The Week Behind” darkens my inbox, my first click is the Country Song of the Week…despite the editor’s dubious taste in Country Music. MORE...

Woodpeckers

By Leonard Aronson

What does it mean when the woodpecker comes to call? MORE...

Thanksgiving in Paris

By Don Rose

The middle of November is not my ideal time to romp through the City of Light—it is almost always too chilly to luxuriate on the outdoor terraces, sipping Pernod and watching the world go by—but then there’s never really a bad time to be in Paris. MORE...