I joined the Reader in November 2010 first as an intern, then as an editorial assistant. I worked for a while as a staff writer until somebody had the questionable idea to make me deputy editor, under which title I oversee the copy desk and the paper's culture section. I also criticize a lot of things—even, from time to time, in print: art, books, restaurants. I enjoy crosswords, lentil soup, and Tom Swifties.
The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation grounds political reporting in personal experience.
by Sam Worley | Mar 23, 2016
Check out strange open-air art along highways and byways in Iowa, Michigan, and Wisconsin.
by Sam Worley | May 14, 2015
Artist and environmental activist Jenny Kendler makes complex work about the weird relationship between humans and the natural world. And she has just found a bigger platform as the first-ever artist in residence for the Natural Resources Defense Council.
by Sam Worley | Jun 3, 2014
The Field Museum and Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum researcher writes a fascinating history of an iconic North American species.
by Sam Worley | Jan 7, 2014
by Sam Worley | Nov 26, 2013
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