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On August 30, 1980, the last Hambletonian in Du Quoin got underway amidst local sadness and headlines that harness racing’s top event had scored big money in its move to the Meadowlands in New Jersey. That summer, Bill Haughton—in an emotional … Continue reading

Making Photography Matter: A Viewer’s History from the Civil War to the Great Depression by Cara A. Finnegan has won the Outstanding Book of the Year by the National Communication Association’s Visual Communication division. In Making Photography Matter, Finnegan illustrates how encounters … Continue reading

Late Friday, when all of our institutions bravely shunt their bad news out the door, ESPN announced that it would shutter its prestige site Grantland, effective immediately. Founded in 2011 by Bill Simmons, Grantland became a go-to home for longform … Continue reading

Winston Churchill summed it up when he said, “To those of us who study the course of human events, one thing is clear. People are wack.” That is never truer than during the time around Halloween. In honor of the … Continue reading

The University of Illinois Press wishes you a great Independence Day holiday.

With today the seventieth anniversary of V-E Day, we tie in the end of that conflict with our Orson Welles Week celebration. In this trivia question, the great director meets another of the, uh, notable figures of his time: Movie … Continue reading

Weeks in the making, the UIP Book Cover Tournament comes to an end today. It was an interesting final, with Cinderella story Ring Shout, Wheel About taking on powerhouse favorite Chicago Architecture. Do you believe in upsets? A near-record turnout deemed Ring Shout, Wheel About … Continue reading

Some years back, University of Illinois Press author and roots music scholar Stephen Wade shared the origins of Muddy Waters’ classic song “I Can’t Be Satisfied” (amen, brother) in this National Public Radio piece. And when you’re done with getting educated, … Continue reading

One hundred or 102 years ago today, Muddy Waters entered our universe. He went on to become a man. M-A-N. A hoochie coochie man. A natural born lovers man. A rollllllling stone. Everything’s gonna be all right this morning, if … Continue reading