Good Ideas

Exhibit 1.5.23


I like any ad that’s pitch is basically, “Look, you probably want things you don’t really want. We’ll help you achieve those maybe dreams.”

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Exhibit 1.4.27

The Flasher

So The Flasher is now for available for pre-order from SpringGun Press. There’s free shipping and all that, too. Go check it–and the other, awesomer books–out.

Mostly I just wanted to show off the cover. I love it.

1 Comment / Posted in Good Ideas, Little Books, The Flasher

Exhibit 1.4.10


I need you to know that I now own a wok.

It’s like my best friend.

I call it Wok-uin Phoenix.

My fridge is full of leftover noodle and rice dishes.

Sometimes I season the wok just for fun.

I say the word patina a lot.

I don’t blog.

I keep hoping lightning will hit a tree so I can carve a wok paddle out of it.

When I’m watching baseball and here the word “walk” I get up and make stirfry.

I nod at Asians.

I judge people based on the amount of fish sauce they have.

I think about whether or not fish have woks.

I’m already thinking about buying a better wok.

I’d name this one River Phoenix.

I couldn’t do that to my wok.

3 Comments / Posted in Cooking, Good Ideas, Woks

Exhibit 1.3.13

Things I Would Rather Be Doing Than Re-Reading My Novel

1. Finally deciding, for once and for all, whether my favorite type of soil is loamy sand or sandy loam.

2. Planning an Amanda Knox-themed murder mystery dinner party. Pizza! Tragedy! Pizza!

3. Arguing over what stats would be included if one were to–hypothetically–start a Fantasy Poetry league.

4. Writing this blog post, apparently.

5. Creating an even better version of the Four Pawns Attack–my favorite chess opening–called the Eight Pawns Attack which, presumably, I would like twice as much.

6. Emailing Bud Selig ideas for new All-Star game events like the Cake Walk, a game Jeff Francoeur can’t participate in because he doesn’t understand the basic concept of walking.

7. Plotting an elaborate scavenger hunt around Houston the only task of which is to eat at every Shipley’s Do-nuts.

8. Playing two estranged siblings against each other until they realize it’s me they don’t like and come together to save Thanksgiving. Or, instead of actually doing that, just writing a family comedy about it while thousands of real siblings remain tragically estranged.

9. Inventing “Roller Basketball” because it suddenly seems like something that should exist.

10. Preparing my victory speech should I somehow win the Iowa Caucuses which, frankly, doesn’t seem as unlikely as it probably should.

Comment / Posted in Baseball, Chess, Good Ideas

Exhibit 1.3.4

This Happened

My photo. I call it: A Trailblazer on Its Side After Striking My Parked Car Illuminated by 3:00am Police Lights

Not pictured:

1) The driver and his passenger who, uh, ran, apparently
2) My totalled car
3) Me, still sort of asleep, asking the police officer if I could just have the car they left behind
4) Helpful neighbors all introducing themselves and shaking hands as they watched, possibly plotting future barbeques
5) Me, slightly less asleep, saying, No, really, let’s just flip it over and I’ll take it

2 Comments / Posted in Cars, Good Ideas, No sleep

Exhibit 1.2.8

The Right Bar

Here’s how you know if you’ve found it:

1) Do they have advertisements over the urinals?

If yes, good.

If no, you’re at a Denny’s.

If you don’t know, you’re a girl.

2) Do medical researchers feel like these advertisements would be a good place to find crystal meth addicts interested in treatment?

If yes, good.

If no, you might still be at a Denny’s because that’s where the addicts with no interest in treatment hang out.

If you don’t know, don’t look into it too hard because I want those gift certificates.

3) Are the advertisements a little wordier than one might expect given that they are intended to reach urinating crystal meth addicts?

If yes, good. You’ve found a bar you can trust to look out for your health.

If no, those colorful breakfast photos on the Denny’s menu offer their own kind of treatment.

If you’re not sure, seriously, do you think those gift certificates are to Yankee Candle?

Comment / Posted in Adventures, Good Ideas, How-Tos

Exhibit 1.2.5

On Haircuts

(This is me gearing up to try to write some nonfiction someday. Well, not really. I just don’t know what else to post about and this is what’s been on my mind for the last few months. This and thoughts on the NFL draft. Those I’ll keep to myself lest the Bengals find out about them).

I hate getting my hair cut. You might have noticed. This might be why you hate me. There are plenty of reasons and this is as good as any other. And you probably like getting your haircut. That’s fine. You’re wrong.

And I think I don’t like haircuts because I wait so long to get one that it turns into a frightening reimagining of my head. There’s something really embarrassing about walking out of a salon looking like a different person. It feels showy. I’d gone in enjoying my slow tide of hair waves and it was only when they led to a great embarrassment than the haircut itself that I had to break down. Every time I leave the salon thinking that, this time, I’ll be back in a month and it won’t be a big deal. Then somehow we’ll have come around to the same season, and I won’t think anything is wrong with maybe having to wear a headband while playing basketball.

I wasn’t always like this. I loved the guy who cut my hair in Lincoln (Clint!) but that’s because I knew him and could talk music in the chair. In Houston, though, I’ve completely fallen apart. I need to do something about this. I’m not above getting married just so somebody is there to remind me to schedule an appointment. I’ll do it. You watch me.

Actually, just watch my head and I’ll watch yours. It will be the opposite of hate and I don’t care if the Bengals find out.

2 Comments / Posted in Clints, Good Ideas, Haircuts

Exhibit 1.1.12

Sonora Review

So since I’ve been home I’ve been reading a lot of books for an upcoming class, but my attention keeps getting pulled away by the new Sonora Review. You should go order it and read it and support them because, damnit, it’s just too awesome. I gather from the website this hand-bound model is a limited edition done by Spork Press*. I can easily say it’s as nicely put together as any literary journal I’ve ever been in.

And the work inside makes it worth it. I haven’t yet read everything, but current Cupboard author Andrew Borgstrom is in there with a great story, as is Kim Gek Lin Short whose prose poems are from the same world as her chapbook Run which I wrote about here. I’m not positive, but I think these are going to be in the book China Cowboy from Tarpaulin Sky. That’s a book you’re going to want.

Then there’s nonfiction from Brian Oliu “about” the old Nintendo game Double Dribble. I love that game, and this series (or whatever it is). Every so often I go watch the videos being made for these, especially this one:

My piece is mostly notable for featuring a character not named Miss Hampster. Once at a reading I mistakenly said this name the first time and then had to keep using it subsequently. It was hard.

* Initially I didn’t know what Sonora meant when they credited “Spork” but only because I’m an idiot. I’ve seen Spork Press stuff before and it’s always this nice looking.

Comment / Posted in Fiction, Good Ideas, Journals

Exhibit 26.20

The Cupboard Summer Sale!

For a limited time–probably defined by how long it takes Dave to get internet access–The Cupboard is running a sale.

* $12 for a year’s subscription – This price means we’re not good at business. That’s 4 volumes, mailed right to your door.

* $3 for back volumes – Pick up volumes by James Brubaker, Caia Hagel, Mathias Svalina, Michael Stewart, and Joshua Cohen. I think I can say objectively that this offers a compelling ratio of greatness to dollars.

Order here.

We’d sure appreciate it if you took a chance on us. Or helped us spread the word. Or smiled politely in our general direction.

Comment / Posted in Good Ideas, Sales, The Cupboard

Exhibit 22.17

What This Book Should Be About

Lance West is dirty cop who gets one last shot at redemption when the serial killer who murdered his young bride fifteen years ago reappears with a bloody murder in Lance’s own precinct. As the body count rises and superiors deny any connection, Lance risks everything to find the man who killed his Julia and made him the hard drinking, do anything for a conviction cop he’s become. Fifteen years ago he was a good cop looking to do right in an ugly world but since then he’s sunk into the ugly himself. Now with the cold but beautiful Internal Affairs agent Thora Bounty investigating him as he investigates his wife’s killer, Lance finds himself caught between doing what he has to do to avenge his wife and doing what’s right. While Thora gets closer to uncovering a shameful secret in Lance’s past, Lance gets closer to the Coat Room Killer, putting both Lance and Thora at risk…of dying…of falling in love.

What This Book Is About

I don’t know, two dudes walking around Dublin not talking to each other most of the time.

1 Comment / Posted in Books, Fiction, Good Ideas

Exhibit 22.13

A comprehensive list of things in the movie G.I. Joe that were silly, physically impossible, cameos from the guy who played Steve Nebraska in The Scout, vaguely racist, childhood defiling, problematically unaware of the laws of physics, problematically unaware of how ice floats, problematically set in 17th century France, irrationally costumed in rubber masks that had lips, not at all subtle in their winking at the old cartoons, ballistic missiles shot down with snow mobiles, starring a guy with a tiny head, unnecessarily Scottish, places we’re expected to believe those guys from 17th century France named a prisoner Destro, summations of the plot only recently summarized only this time done in a Scottish accent, betrayed a stunning lack of knowledge about the U.N.’s role in the world, unexplained holes going deeper into the Earth when we were already pretty deep underneath the Earth, continuity errors, being tracked by beacons of the tracking variety, timely statements on the continued problem of racial profiling, national landmarks that got all Independence Dayed, chased, no really ballistic missiles shot down with snow mobiles, scenes in which the word ‘nano’ was said more than three times, Sienna Miller, unexplained instances of a small white child growing up alone on the streets of Tokyo, Dennis Quaid telling someone within a tenth of a percentile how awesome they are at being a G.I. Joe, problematically reinforcing the notion that the filmmakers have never seen water or ice and possibly not steam, a dude in a holograph physically interacted with an object in a way that seemed to need some sort of explanation like what is he seeing on his side of the transmission and what did he doing to the nanoweapons case holding the nanowarheads was it something that would make them more or less nano, or a Wayans:

1) Storm Shadow would totally wail on Snake Eyes

1 Comment / Posted in Good Ideas, Joes, Movies

Exhibit 20.23

Business Plan

Type of Business
Insurance Fraud(?)

Equipment needed
Renter’s insurance, baseball bat, patsy, insurance check cashing place

Capital needed
Enough for some Lemon-Lime Gatorade after all of the exhausting defrauding, plus whatever would lure the patsy into destroyed apartment and keep them occupied until the police arrive. Maybe some kind of adorable kitten(?).

Equipment needed (addendum)
Police calling phone, adorable kitten(?)

Business model
Sign up for renter’s insurance, destroy furniture with bat, frame the patsy, relax with some Lemon-Lime Gatorade, take insurance check to check cashing place, use cash to buy new furniture and get more Gatorade maybe, attend trial of patsy from back bench and cackle menacingly when patsy’s spouse begs me to turn myself in for the good of their children

Employees needed
Me – Will need to own their own bat, like Lemon-Lime Gatorade, cackle needs to be menacing but sub-murderous.

The patsy – Spouse, children, love of kittens(?)

Expansion plans

Target Date
Sometime before this weekend

Hard drinking but honest police detective who believes the patsy’s story, possibly because of their shared love of kittens(?)/hatred of cackling

Possible Complications
Hard drinking but honest police detective falls in love with the patsy’s wife just as he unravels this most brilliant insurance fraud, realizes that if the patsy gets out of jail he’ll never be able to be with the woman he loves

Equipment needed (addendum)
Hard drinking but honest police detective, cool nickname for criminal mastermind, love

One-year plan
The patsy visits with his wife on Christmas Eve, the kids aren’t allowed into the prison, he goes back to his cell, dejected, through the bars he sees his wife get into the hard drinking but previously honest detective’s car, somewhere far away Le Flèche Noire drinks Lemon-Lime brandy on his new sofa

Five-year plan
Consumed with guilt the hard drinking but again honest detective exonerates the patsy on Christmas day, upon leaving the prison and walking toward his wife and children, the patsy hands the detective the cat he’s been raising while working in the prison library, somewhere even farther away Le Flèche Noire fingers his baseball bat while thinking about getting a new sofa

1 Comment / Posted in Good Ideas, Patsies, Plans

Exhibit 20.20

Sewanee Book Wrap-Up

First things first, I should just say that I can’t recommend the Sewanee Writers’ Conference enough. I’d been hearing about how great it was for a year from Dave and Ryan, not to mention sharing a dinner table with several of the people who were there with them. It was odd, I thought, watching them come together and hug and scream. As I put it to someone at the conference, it was like watching the reunion of people who’d been involved in something either truly horrible or truly amazing. Smiles that genuine can only be brought about when you re-meet someone you survived a mountaintop plane crash with (and didn’t have to eat) or, apparently, someone you’ve been to a fishing hole with (and didn’t have to eat).

The bar was set so high that I began sending sarcastic text messages to Dave from the Nashville airport. Then 10 minutes later it got fun and I stopped. The conference is remarkably well run and beneficial and, as important in a way, just a good time. Last year, applications were accepted beginning January 15th and presumably it will be similar this year. So, yes, apply. I can’t wait until next year’s AWP when I get to see all of these people and we’ll smile and scream like something truly horrible/amazing happened to us and then we’ll look guiltily at the spot where Phyllis would have stood/go get a drink.

Part of what makes it so fantastic is that in addition to a great deal of writers, there are a great deal of books. Since I’m moving and just couldn’t face the prospect of buying these books and then having to move them across the country, I had to watch with jealousy as they were all snapped up by people who I suddenly wanted to eat at one of the fishing holes. I’m not sure how I made it–or how cannibalism became a running joke here–but I did and now I want to make sure I pick up everything I need once I get where I’m going.

So, a not entirely complete list of books I plan on buying and maybe you should too:

What Happened to Anna K. by Irina Reyn – great to have in workshop
The New Valley by Josh Weil – ditto. Plus, novellas!
The Southern Cross by Skip Horack – loved his reading
Girls in Trucks by Katie Crouch – ditto. I thought I was going to cry
The Summer of Naked Swim Parties by Jessica Anya Blau – ditto (-crying +laughing)
Red Weather by Pauls Toutonghi – ditto
The Seamstress of Hollywood Boulevard by Erin McGraw – ditto

City of Regret by Andrew Kozma – person/book=awesome
Blue Colonial by David Roderick – ditto. Loved his reading, too
Now You’re the Enemy by James Allen Hall – ditto. Funny, heartbreaking
Begin Anywhere by Frank Giampietro – ditto. ditto.
Midnight Voices by Deborah Ager – ditto.

That might not be a complete list (I actually did make a list which is currently lost somewhere among approximately 18,000 manuscript pages). Those are mostly from fellows and there were some more books by the faculty and staff on there, I know, but I’ll at least mention Alice McDermott’s incredible That Night and Tony Earley’s Here We Are in Paradise both which I own and you should too.

Also be sure to look for books coming out this fall from Caitlin Horrocks and Laura van den Berg which should both be incredible.

Anyway, I’m sure I’ll say more about all of these when I get them. Then you’ll get them. Then we’ll talk about them. Then we’ll look guiltily at that spot where Phyllis would have stood.

1 Comment / Posted in Books, Good Ideas, Incomplete

Exhibit 19.19

The most common reaction to Deer Tick’s concert last night seemed to be a muttered string of swear words. When the last notes of their closing medley of “Sleepwalk/La Bamba” [ed note: Carlin helpfully set me straight here.] ended and the house lights came on everyone looked around and said horrible things. Personally, I went with something like “Sweet Holy Hell Jesus” because the show wasn’t just good, it was nonsensical blasphemy good.

And concerts can be great for a lot of reasons, but I haven’t been to many where it is almost solely the band that makes it feel like you’re lucky to be there, like you’re going to chastising people who missed it, like you’re watching something special. Typically there’s the drinks or a singularly attuned crowd or something so personal that when all your friends are bored you’re having revelations like, “You know, I think I will marry Roger.”

But last night I wasn’t really drinking, the crowd was okay but nothing incredible, and Roger and I just wouldn’t work as a couple.

So for approximately the 8th time in the last 8 posts I’m breaking my rule to not write about things I do in order to let you know that Deer Tick = good. You should check out their old album ($5) and their new album. You should see them in concert.

If concerts aren’t your thing, you can also see them at lunch. They seemed to enjoy making lunch plans.

4 Comments / Posted in Concerts, Good Ideas, Music

Exhibit 18.4

by Mathias Svalina
Now Available‏

1 tape-bound volume
Book Design by Todd Seabrook
Covers by Randy Bright
$15/year subscription, $5/individual

The Cupboard is pleased to present Play by Mathias Svalina, a collection of children’s games perfect for the child you don’t know.

Children need preoccupations. Children need supervision and bran in their diets and children need instruction. For you, for your children: Play, a collection of twenty-nine games to issue gentle correctives and urge honing of the child’s wayward sense of wonder. For sixteen or more players. For two. For five. For one child left alone to fend for herself.

Read excerpts here.

Mathias Svalina is a co-editor of Octopus Magazine and Books. He is the author & collaborator of numerous chapbooks & his first full-length book, Destruction Myths, is forthcoming from Cleveland State University Press. He lives deep in Brooklyn, NY.

A year’s subscription to The Cupboard runs $15. You’re getting 4 volumes of approximately 7k words each. So on a per word basis it’s practically nothing. And those are some good words, too. Like entropy and turtle shell. Subscribe here.

You may also order volumes individually for $5.

Parables & Lies has sold out, but the excellent A New Map of America is still available.

We are also pleased to announce that our next volume will be Caia Hagel’s Acts of Kindness and Excellence in Times Tables. It’s a good one.

Thank you again for everything,


3 Comments / Posted in Good Ideas, Play, The Cupboard

Exhibit 16.6

The Match Array
Heather Green
dancing girl press, 2008
$7.00 (includes S&H)

I can assure you: it is a good idea to read this.

This one was originally in Octopus, but I don’t think I can link to it. I’m going to borrow it.


No memory, no myths,
no myths,

few before the forest,
no fixed words for colors.

A red cup looks like blood.
Extract a red dye.

The first year tutored herself,
listening slightly.

The room could be locked.

The second year borrowed a boat
from the river soon before joining him,

the joy beaten to death.
That’s what you do for God.
Comment / Posted in Chapbooks, Good Ideas, Poetry

Exhibit 15.13

For some unknown but presumably awesome reason, my brother and two fellow North Platters now have an Omaha-area radio show on 1180 KOIL. The show is called “The Weekly Grind” and will tackle Omaha news, sports, and politics from the young professional’s perspective between 10 and 11 every Saturday morning. The first show is this Saturday and will feature Neil deMause, author of the book Field of Schemes: How the Great Stadium Swindle Turns Public Money into Private Profit (from the always reliable U. of Nebraska Press), talking about Omaha’s one and possibly two new baseball stadiums.

The details:

The Weekly Grind presented by Beer & Loathing in Dundee
with Mike, Bryan, and Jeff
10am-11am every Saturday
Debut show Saturday, January 17th

If I may be so bold, as an official brother of a co-host, I’d like to suggest some future show topics:

* Electoral Collage: Redistricting and Electoral Vote Distribution
* Oma-HA! (this would be a running segment mocking a city politician/celebrity)
* Bill Parcells: What Might He Be Doing Right Now?
* The State Capital: Should We Invade Lincoln and Take it Back?
* Young Professionals: Is This a Category That Includes Us Now That We Spend Our Weekends Landscaping?
* Brothers: What Would They Say if Given a Shot to Fill Five Minutes on the Radio?
* From Sacramento to St. Louis: Cities That Aren’t as Good as Omaha
* Poseurs: Where Are Omaha’s Professional Sports Allegiances and Why Do Jeff and Mike Not Root for the Kansas City Royals?

Those ideas are all up for grabs, fellas.

Seriously though, good luck. I’ll be tuning in.

2 Comments / Posted in Congratulations, Good Ideas, Radio

Exhibit 11.15

Since I’ve had this blog for a year and have never really done anything to spruce the place up, I think I’m going to update my links on the right hand side of the page. I don’t actually have all that many to add, but I figure now is as good a time as any. If I do link to you, I probably read your blog or site. Hello.

I might also toss in some alphabetical order while I’m at it. It’s going to be a completely different experience.

Anyway, if I link to you and you’d rather me not, just let me know. If you’d like me to link to you, comment or email or whatever. I’d be happy to. If I’ve previously linked to you and you’ve never understood why, it’s best to continue on in your state of confusion rather than ask any questions.

Comment / Posted in Good Ideas, Links, Spruce

Exhibit 10.2

The Cupboard has returned and we’re ready to announce that our first volume will be Parables & Lies from Jesse Ball. It’s not available yet–and won’t be for at least a couple of weeks–but the website has been updated with subscription information and excerpts. I’m posting it here in the hopes that if you’re a sympathetic reader of this blog, you might go to the site, poke around a little, and let us know what you think.

We’re also officially taking subscriptions now and they’re quite the deal. For $10 you get a year’s worth (4 volumes) of incredible prose. You can also buy the volumes individually for $3 but that’s just silly. These are absolutely as inexpensive as we can make them while still putting out a high-quality publication and we think you’ll be pleased with the final product.

There will be a lot more details, pictures, and unrequested email announcements coming from us in the near future, but for now just please check out the website, read the excerpts from Jesse’s incredible work, and let Dave or I know if you have any thoughts.

Comment / Posted in Fiction, Good Ideas, The Cupboard

Exhibit 8.9

Someone made popcorn at work this afternoon. I really wish I’d thought of that.

I also discovered that another person has Neil Diamond’s 12 Songs on their iTunes. I don’t have it so bad.

Comment / Posted in 12, Good Ideas, Popcorn

Exhibit 7.17

Ben Marcus
Nebraska Wesleyan – Callen Conference Center
Thursday, March 6th
Comment / Posted in Fiction, Good Ideas, Readings

Exhibit 6.12

My Untimely Death now has a page over at Goodreads. Someone created it themselves which was very nice.

Go here to see it and/or rate and/or review it.

Comment / Posted in Good Ideas, Librarians, Little Books

Exhibit 4.15

You should know this: You can download Rex Hobart & The Misery Boys albums for $5.99 on Amazon. And there’s no copy protection. And it’s an incredibly slick interface that automatically adds everything to iTunes (or WMP).

Amazon’s Rex Hobart store is pretty damn nice. They might have other music too, maybe.

Comment / Posted in Cheating to Do, Good Ideas, Hobarts

Exhibit 3.24

Good god! The diabolical Johnson girls (who, in case you are unfamiliar, have left a candy bar basket near the coffee machine in my office for the last two months in a supposed effort to raise money for some trip in 2009 [2009!]) are at it again!

As of today, they have now started stocking a second basket full of Pop Tarts next to our toaster. How long until it’s Coke near the drinking fountain or whiskey near my desk?

This is all going to end with me begging them for heroin as they blind me with their solid gold Girl Scout uniforms. I can’t even type there are so many Brown Sugar & Cinnamon crumbs.

Comment / Posted in Cinnamon, Food, Good Ideas

Exhibit 3.22

The guys over at the spot where my brother posts are trying to raise some money for a pretty cool charity project. Check out the “challenge” here, and if you feel like throwing in a few bucks, please do. The one funding cameras for a middle school seems like a worthwhile cause for those of us living in Lincoln. You could also donate to one of many requests for funds to teach poetry (among other worthwhile causes).

Here’s a New York Times article about the organization.

Comment / Posted in Challenges, Funds, Good Ideas

Exhibit 3.2

I saw the Chiara Quartet last night at the Kimball Recital Hall, and once again they were fantastic. Check their website for concert dates and make it a point to see them if they’re ever in your area.

The pieces they played were written specifically for them by Jefferson Friedman–who was in the house last night–and they’re phenomenal. I can’t say I often listen to “classical” music (modern or otherwise) so seeing them twice now has been a bit of a revelation for me. They are recording the Friedman pieces soon, they say, and consider me in line to pick them up.

The two things Dusty said to me during the intermission:
  • “Which one is your favorite?” (as if we were seven-year-olds talking about the Ninja Turtles)
  • Turning to me excitedly, “An elderly person just opened a hard candy!”
2 Comments / Posted in Good Ideas, Leonardo, Music

Exhibit 2.17

Things I did in Chicago this weekend:

  • Attended a wedding reception on the top floor (the 95th, to be exact) of the Hancock Building. I never understood the phenomenon of restaurants on top of tall buildings before, but now I get it. They’re tall.
  • Watched the Dolphins lose in overtime.
  • Read Autobiography of Red which I’ll write about soon.
  • Met some Polish people.
  • Ate a burrito while listening to the Chicago Philharmonic perform various tunes while accompanied by a tap dancer. Or so they claimed. We were far away and while someone appeared to be tap dancing, it just as easily could have been a cellist trying to squash a cockroach.
  • Counted spiders on tall buildings. Our hotel room had seven outside the window and the Hancock Building had dozens. When I told Heather about the oddity of spiders hanging out at the 95th floor, she immediately replied with a pitch perfect Spider-Man 4 plot. It was as if she’d already had a Spider-Man 4 plot in mind and was just waiting for the right opportunity to spring it on some unsuspecting Fox executive or boyfriend.
Comment / Posted in Chicago, Good Ideas, Italicized Tall