Adam Selzer has a bunch of books out - mostly funny YA novels and smart alecky Chicago history/ghostlore stuff. One time he met Jim Morrison's cousin. New novel PLAY ME BACKWARDS out in August from Simon and Schuster. #satanicya

 

top 10 favorite chick flick comedies (2000s)

The other day we went to the Walker Brothers Pancake House - the original one between Evanston and Wilmette, and presumably the one for which the gift certificate in Mean Girls refers. That place is FANCY. Dark carved wood, forest green wallpaper, and stained glass everywhere. It really is the kind of pancake house one might hit before prom. 

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calumet412:

The west side of the old Chicago Sun Times headquarters (now site of Trump’s building) as it nears completion, 1957, Chicago.

One thing I’ll say for Trump is that his building is a damn site better looking than that old eyesore. 

calumet412:

The west side of the old Chicago Sun Times headquarters (now site of Trump’s building) as it nears completion, 1957, Chicago.

One thing I’ll say for Trump is that his building is a damn site better looking than that old eyesore. 

New H.H. Holmes "Murder Castle" photo found

Found a new photo yesterday while researching another antique serial killer. I’ll be giving a talk on H.H. Holmes on Saturday, July 19th, at the Wilmette, IL Library at 2pm.  

skeletorislove:

Skeletor Affirmations (by ghoulnextdoor)

TODAY I PICK UP THE PIECES AND MOVE ON.

skeletorislove:

Skeletor Affirmations (by ghoulnextdoor)

TODAY I PICK UP THE PIECES AND MOVE ON.

On Saturday (7/5), I’ll be giving a presentation on Lillian Collier at Centuries and Sleuths books, 7419 W Madison St in Forest Park, IL (just outside Chicago, a few doors down from a really good ice cream place) at 2pm.  I have a new Chronicles of Chicago book via Museyon Press this week out that talks about her, and am finishing up a YA mystery novel that features her for Simon and Schuster.  I’ll be talking about her life, and how I finally solved the long-standing mystery of what became of her after 1924.
Lillian is the flapper I mentioned her before who was once sentenced by a judge to read a book of fairy tales to cure her bohemianism; I always thought her story deserved to be far more famous, and I’m doing my part to help!   Here’s an excerpt from a 1924 newspaper article entitled “Is Today’s Girl Becoming a Savage?” in which Lillian was given the chance to defend flappers from Lady Balfour, a British noblewoman who had spoken ill of flappers:
"Lady Balfour had best know the flapper before she condemns her. Maligners say the same things Lady Balfour has said and add some thoughts of their own. Our open and honest ways are too frank for the mid-Victorian critics. Women for too long have played the role of the underdog. That’s why they have been tread upon since the days of the cave man. Relegated to menial work, it was with fear and trembling that they came to their lords and masters. Now woman has broken the traditional bond. She has emerged from restraint that made the old time demure miss, who was a demure miss simply because she dared not to be otherwise.
“The woman of yesterday a deceit box of suppressed desires. Timidity was her watchword, coquetry another name for hoaxing folks. 
“The flapper of today typifies understanding. She is the product of a new age turning toward the light.
“The flapper yearns for good. What then if she does use a bit of powder in the open, smoke a cigarette in the open, and wear the perfume so highly displeasing to Lady Balfour in the open?
“Isn’t that better than doing all these things in the privacy of her boudoir? You can bet it is is. And regardless of what Lady Balfour says, the flapper will survive. She is in process of still further evolution. And since evolution tends ever upward, turn the light on your fears and don’t worry.”

On Saturday (7/5), I’ll be giving a presentation on Lillian Collier at Centuries and Sleuths books, 7419 W Madison St in Forest Park, IL (just outside Chicago, a few doors down from a really good ice cream place) at 2pm.  I have a new Chronicles of Chicago book via Museyon Press this week out that talks about her, and am finishing up a YA mystery novel that features her for Simon and Schuster.  I’ll be talking about her life, and how I finally solved the long-standing mystery of what became of her after 1924.

Lillian is the flapper I mentioned her before who was once sentenced by a judge to read a book of fairy tales to cure her bohemianism; I always thought her story deserved to be far more famous, and I’m doing my part to help!   Here’s an excerpt from a 1924 newspaper article entitled “Is Today’s Girl Becoming a Savage?” in which Lillian was given the chance to defend flappers from Lady Balfour, a British noblewoman who had spoken ill of flappers:

"Lady Balfour had best know the flapper before she condemns her. Maligners say the same things Lady Balfour has said and add some thoughts of their own. Our open and honest ways are too frank for the mid-Victorian critics. Women for too long have played the role of the underdog. That’s why they have been tread upon since the days of the cave man. Relegated to menial work, it was with fear and trembling that they came to their lords and masters. Now woman has broken the traditional bond. She has emerged from restraint that made the old time demure miss, who was a demure miss simply because she dared not to be otherwise.

“The woman of yesterday a deceit box of suppressed desires. Timidity was her watchword, coquetry another name for hoaxing folks. 

“The flapper of today typifies understanding. She is the product of a new age turning toward the light.

“The flapper yearns for good. What then if she does use a bit of powder in the open, smoke a cigarette in the open, and wear the perfume so highly displeasing to Lady Balfour in the open?

“Isn’t that better than doing all these things in the privacy of her boudoir? You can bet it is is. And regardless of what Lady Balfour says, the flapper will survive. She is in process of still further evolution. And since evolution tends ever upward, turn the light on your fears and don’t worry.”

zambiunicorn:

SESAME STREET I SWEAR TO GOD

Just get three of the little ones, guy! Sheesh. 

Also: you look like serial killer Johann Hoch. 

(Source: gameraboy)

psychophancy:

polyamoryspider:

SO PERFECT.

FUCK.

I had an ecomonics prof one time who said pretty much this exact same thing - that safer cars just encouraged us to be unsafe. he used to show us John Stossel videos, and the course materials had a decidedly libertarian slant. 

psychophancy:

polyamoryspider:

SO PERFECT.

FUCK.

I had an ecomonics prof one time who said pretty much this exact same thing - that safer cars just encouraged us to be unsafe. he used to show us John Stossel videos, and the course materials had a decidedly libertarian slant. 

(Source: sassyfeminist)

joecato:

Some Black Metal humor…

TRUE NORWEGIAN BLACK METAL \m/

joecato:

Some Black Metal humor…

TRUE NORWEGIAN BLACK METAL \m/

alexstrangler:

Gave @rachelbaldwintattoo a #bobbyhill tattoo. So honored. Thank you so much!!

I have an idea for a tattoo. I want Gonzo (the Muppet Babies version) dressed as Don Quixote, riding a chicken and tilting at windmills. If I ever get a good drawing of it maybe I’ll think about getting it. 

alexstrangler:

Gave @rachelbaldwintattoo a #bobbyhill tattoo. So honored. Thank you so much!!

I have an idea for a tattoo. I want Gonzo (the Muppet Babies version) dressed as Don Quixote, riding a chicken and tilting at windmills. If I ever get a good drawing of it maybe I’ll think about getting it. 

teachingliteracy:

“Young writers should read books past bedtime and write things down in notebooks when they are supposed to be doing something else.” @gabijaklara

The typewriter ties the whole room together. I wish they mad enamel mustard yellow macbooks sometimes. 

teachingliteracy:

“Young writers should read books past bedtime and write things down in notebooks when they are supposed to be doing something else.” @gabijaklara

The typewriter ties the whole room together. I wish they mad enamel mustard yellow macbooks sometimes. 

(Source: effietrinketr)

WGN Radio Interview: Author & Ghost Hunter Adam Selzer

Managed to plug PLAY ME BACKWARDS and the next book, as well, while talking about my ghostlore books on WGN. Patti was awesome; I can’t wait to do this show again.  

calumet412:

Looking south on LaSalle to Jackson, 1892, Chicago.

One of HH Holmes’s lawyers, Wharton Plummer, had an office in here. Dude seems to have had an IQ of about one and the handwriting of a turkey.

calumet412:

Looking south on LaSalle to Jackson, 1892, Chicago.

One of HH Holmes’s lawyers, Wharton Plummer, had an office in here. Dude seems to have had an IQ of about one and the handwriting of a turkey.