Category Archives: photography

“Virtuosity in playing blues licks is like virtuosity in celebrating the Mass, it is empty, it means nothing. Skill—competence—is a necessity, but a true blues player’s virtue lies in his acceptance of his life, a life for which he is … Continue reading

As a plucky nonprofit, the UIP keeps an eye out for resources that allow us to marry words to striking images. The New York Public Library just added another treasure trove to pluck from, with 180,000-some public domain images now out there … Continue reading

It is seldom mentioned that cats are one of the great lawyers of the animal kingdom. Say “no” to a cat and it will look at you with an expression that answers: “Please define ‘no.’” And so on. I don’t think … 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

One of the wonderful things about independent bookstores is the opportunity for discovery. Is there a better feeling than walking among rows of texts and spying that one spine that calls out to be read? Whatever might pique interest—from an evocative … Continue reading

Larry Kanfer will sign copies of his latest book CHICAGOSCAPES in the Chicago Loop on December 17th & 18th.  This is a perfect gift for the holidays. Join us for these free events sponsored by the Illinois State Museum’s Illinois … Continue reading

The Best of Illinois: Vol. 1, catalog offers cutting-edge graphic design, striking photography, a shelf of essential books, and a closeup of a bullfrog. Oh, you’ve heard these superlatives? Here’s the chase, the gist, the nitty, and/or the gritty: 40% off … Continue reading

Flammulina velutipes (Curtis) Singer Edible, but tough. Despite appearances, the commercially produced “enoki” mushroom found in many grocery stores is a cultivated form of this mushroom. One of the best-known and most-produced mushrooms in the world, Flammulina velutipes has a … Continue reading

Entoloma salmoneum (Peck) Saccardo  Entoloma salmoneum can be found growing alone or scattered in leaf litter under hardwoods, or in moss under conifers; frequently on rotting, moss-covered conifer logs. When thumbing through Mushrooms of the Midwest, you see Entoloma salmoneum among the … Continue reading

The Upper Mississippi River National Fish and Wildlife Refuge stretches for 261 river miles from Cordova, Illinois to the mouth of Wisconsin’s Chippewa River. Dozens of bird species can be spotted at the Refuge, especially during migratory season. Perhaps most … Continue reading