You credit The New Yorker for your ability to appear effortlessly intelligent at dinner parties. (“Hendrik Hertzberg would love these canapes.”)
The East Coast standby may have met its match in The Chicagoan. The new biannual magazine from J.C. Gabel, editor and publisher of now-defunct cult favorite mag Stop Smiling, hit shelves yesterday.
Originally a ’20s newsstand staple, the contemporary version is packed with features regarding the city and the Greater Midwest — its mission to shine light on the fascinating (in some cases, forgotten) people who inhabit middle America.
Spanning 194 pages, the debut includes interviews with Jeanne Gang and Alex Kotlowitz, a piece about former Blackbird/Avec pastry chef Tara Lane, short fiction and poetry, and a 46-page mammoth about Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert.
Did we mention there are zero advertisements? The endeavor functions as a nonprofit funded by donations, subscriptions, and memberships.
It’s the talk of the town.
To subscribe or find a list of locations, go to thechicagoanmedia.org.
Photo: Courtesy of The Chicagoan