In support of his great new book, 'Bring That Beat Back: How Sampling Built Hip-Hop,' the Twin Cities critic and author waxes poetics on five iconic samples.
Jack Riedy speaks with the veteran Chicago music journalist about his lifelong interest in alt-weeklies and his new book, compiled with his best feature writing from the Chicago Reader.
Douglas Martin and the Black Card author have a conversation about identity, Richmond, and the themes found in his great second novel.
Cory Lomberg speaks to the author and critic about her new book, her personal remembrances of Chicago, and the reward of evaluating writing from your younger self.
Alex Dwyer's Off The Books series returns with a look at 'Super Freak,' a biography of Rick James.
Alex Dwyer's "Off the Books" series returns with a look at Original Gangstas, the new book from Ben Westhoff.
Off the Books returns with a look at Scarface's 2015 memoir, Diary of a Madman
Alex Dwyer's Off The Books columns returns with a look at Jooyoung Lee's new, "Blowin' Up."