Wednesday, February 9, 2011
I love Chicago
We had a great time in Chicago last weekend. I'll slowly unfold the stories of the places we went and the things we did. But, first I want to tell you about The Boring Store - located in Wicker Park. I didn't entirely know what I was walking into when we entered, but I soon discovered it was a front organization for a super fantastic project funded by McSweeney's called 826chi. It's a youth writing project. In the front of the building is a store with kitschy spy decor and funny quips about being a spy. In the back (behind a two way mirror, of course) is a writing studio. This is where the magic happens. The organization publishes a collection of the student's writings that is so honest, sincere, funny and entertaining it will make you wish you had one near you…for your own kids and neighbors to go to. We noticed a sign in the front of the building - the store part of the building - letting us know that the profits from everything purchased in the store goes to fund the youth writing project. Well, this was just an invitation for Jeremy and I to buy every book we would have purchased elsewhere so our money would go towards a fantastic organization doing amazing things (we like to support things like this). One of the many books I picked up that day was by Dave Eggers. I've never read anything by him and I don't even know the title of this one, but the book starts on the cover and I've hardly been able to put it down since I started reading it yesterday (really, I started it in the store and knew instantly it was the book i've been looking for for a long long time). I don't even want to know the title at this point (don't tell me if you know it)…I just want to enjoy it and find out later that the title makes sense with the book. We listen to audio books in the studio all day long and I spend many many hours on the computer each day so when the quiet of night comes, I look forward to reading something from pages that do not emanate light back at me. I love books and I love to sit in bed and read them…but not when they're boring (which is every book I've started for the last few months)…this book is, so far, far from boring and I can't wait to read more of it.
That's all for now! I'll tell you about the place we stayed while in Chicago (my new favorite hotel) and the Joan of Arc show (the reason for our visit) tomorrow and the pair of shoes I really really want (and may buy) the next day. Have a good one!