Blog - Write This Down
2016 Nominator Ballot
Chicago Literary Hall of Fame
2016 Official Ballot
Statement of Support
r is definitely a Chicago writer who has contributed immensely to the Chicago tradition, to the American tradition, and to the tradition of popular culture. He is respected by critics including Nelson Algren, Virginia Woolf, H.L Mencken and many others. They praise him for his unique voice, his choice of subject matter, his use of various forms such as the letter novel. They admire the variety of his subjects. They admire his ability to write a daily column. He is respected for taking a subject such as baseball and expanding it into the subject of human nature. They respect him for the urgency he expressed in writing about the Black Sox scandal. Historians like him. Linguists like him. Teachers like him—both high school classroom teachers and teachers of creative writing. He shows the importance of voice, point of view, theme, and clever plotting. It’s no wonder that John Updike used one of his stories in his book on the American short story. As a teacher I value him for all of these reasons. But more 5 important—and this is why I think he should be in the Hall of Fame—he knows how to write a good story. It’s a pleasure to read his stories, to reread them, and then to think about them. They appear so random, but they’re not. Everything in his stories matters for the total effect.
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