A Pirate Turns 50

Sundays in 8th grade were pretty boring. Especially in winter. Our favorite indoor spots were closed, and it was too snowy and cold to do much outside except maybe walk around and smoke. One Sunday in January Mike had an idea. His dad worked at an ad agency; They’d been given a bunch of outdoor […]

Mr. Imagination

1991. Clark & Belmont, Chicago. The first thing I did after finishing college in Madison was hop on a plane for Ireland. My flight left from O’Hare, so I arrived in Chicago a few days early and crashed with former dorm mates at their North Side flat. We went out to a bar across the street, […]

First Selfie

1986: LaGrange, Illinois My first selfie, shot in my room for a self-portrait assignment, due the next day. I had already broken my dad’s camera. This one was a loaner from my high school photography teacher, Nan Garside. I didn’t have a tripod, so I set the camera on the edge of my desk, which added […]