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Articles of Personal Interest

This is a page where I can store references to articles of personal interest.

December 1, 2004
'Tis the Season for a New Story Line: A grim story line has taken hold of the American consciousness. The theme of this story line is fear, and the only way to break free is to reflect reality with a better story. Commentary originally published in the Beverly Review (Chicago), Dec. 1, 2004. more...

September 24, 2004
Taking a Novel Approach Toward Harold Washington's Reign: By January, Alton Miller says he intends to have transformed a heap of 3-by-5-inch note cards into a 300-page manuscript called "Chicago Power & Light," a novel featuring a Washington double as protagonist. more...

September 12, 1991
Julie and Me: We met in a movie house. I was 20 years old, a struggling writer, my brains a mishmash of plot notions for the novels I would write. She was an actress, my age, just getting started. I was sitting in the back row. more...

September 22, 2004
The Arts - More Than an Amenity (Editorial): Alton Miller, a faculty member at Columbia College in Chicago, told the conference that communities and businesses see a return on dollars invested in the arts... He called on community leaders "to be a hero for the arts." We echo that call. more...

March 22, 2004
A Glimpse Into the PR Lifestyle: Ballet brought marketing and communications faculty member Alton Miller to Chicago in 1983, but it was the two-step of politics that drew him to choreograph words and media relations for the city’s government and former Mayor Harold Washington. more...

January 21, 2003
101 Reasons Not to Go to War with Iraq: It's not moral, it's not legal, it's not urgent, it's not going to do what they think it will do, it is going to do what they think it won't do, and it will create a disastrous legacy that we'll all have to live with for the rest of our lives. more...

March 22, 2004
The Alternative to Bush's War: War. Too many of us are using the word without thinking. Especially the chorus of American TV reporters and pundits who are practically salivating at the prospect of easy ratings. My article reprinted in an online magazine. more...

May 2, 2003
Why We Loot: How does it feel to be in the middle of a mass of shouting, chanting, marching people – the kind of group that can easily turn into a rampaging, looting mob? more...

September 21, 2001
Letter to the Editor: Calculated Insult: Chicago is all about differences of opinion, but Steve Neal goes beyond the rules. Taking advantage of the loosened standards of war hysteria, Neal uses the opportunity to dismiss Studs Terkel as a "simple-minded, melodramatic silly old man." more...

June 19, 1997
Moment Of Truth in Remap Dispute: At a crossroads in the legal controversy over our city's 1992 redistricting map, Chicago's civil institutions are facing a moment of truth. Is our commitment to racial justice real, or are we resigned to a dispirited cynicism? more...

posted October 9, 2004
Antiwar articles written for TheCommonGood.org, 2002-03: You don't have to be a conspiracy theorist to know that what is unfolding is not simply a response to crisis but a long-planned agenda for war. There is only one topic for liberals now and that is Iraq. more...