October 18, 1998 |
Simone de Beauvoir came to the United States for the first time in the winter of 1947 (the trip is described in her book "America Day by Day"). Passing through Chicago on her way to California, having been given his number by a casual acquaintance, she called Nelson Algren--left-leaning, working-class, tough-guy American writer--and spent an evening with him touring the city's low-life neighborhoods, at the end of which they fell into bed.
December 17, 1989 |
Nice people didn't like Nelson Algren. The Chicago-bred author of "The Man With the Golden Arm," "A Walk on the Wild Side" and a number of immortal short stories about America's dispossessed behaved too much like his fictional characters for comfort.
July 9, 1992 |
Browse around a bookstore catering to cookbook fanatics or a big library that keeps up with the field, and you're likely to find quite a few facsimile reprints and scholarly editions. Every year seems to swell the ranks of libraries interested in this literature and knowledgeable editors or historians willing to map out unfamiliar culinary/cultural terrain for would-be learners. Some of the grist to this mill comes from donations of major private collections to scholarly libraries.
January 4, 1987
Being completely obsessed by Chicago, I much enjoyed your piece on Studs Terkel. As for the University of Chicago, I didn't learn of it until I got into the Army and a guy in the barracks told me he went there and I said he was lying because there was no such place. So much for West Side boys. As for Terkel, well, yes, my Chicago is the one I took away with me, but I don't think I could feel the same way about the city if Studs, Nelson Algren and their sort weren't out there brooding and sentimentalizing and being bitter about it. CLANCY SIGAL Los Angeles
October 16, 1994 |
Even the famous have to rest their feet sometimes. Five Times correspondents from around the world reveal the favorite rest-stops, loitering places and relaxing haunts of celebrities of an earlier time. ZAGORSKI'S RATHSKELLER, Chicago To Nelson Algren, author of "A Walk on the Wild Side" and "The Man with the Golden Arm," Chicago was "the city on the make." From the 1930s through the 1960s, he trapped in gritty prose its petty thieves, addicts, whores and gamblers.
October 20, 1996 |
NONCONFORMITY: Writing on Writing by Nelson Algren (Seven Stories: $16, 130 pp.). Why does this essay, an expose of the lily-livered fear ruining American literature in the 1950s and '60s, possess exactly the same echo as a thin dime in a tin cup?