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Chicagoans Have Questions For the CPD


The City’s Budget process will kick off on October 15th with the Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s address to the council. The Chicago Police Department (CPD) is the largest portion of our City of Chicago Budget accounting for 41% of city public spending in comparison to the only 2% of the city budget that…

It Happened Here: The Jane Collective


This is our first guest post from one of our favorite writers, Alex Ronan! She’s going to be helping us learn about the history of radical women fighting for reproductive rights in some of cities we’re visiting on the tour. Read more of Alex’s work at, or take a look at the


13 Essential Essays for Writers




The Electric Typewriter and Amanda Oliver have compiled a collection of their all-time favourite essays for writers:

On Keeping a Notebook by Joan Didion - A great essay about making notes that gets to the very core of the writing process

Write Like a Motherfucker by Cheryl Strayed - Raw, emotional advice on the role of humility and surrender in the often tortured world of the writer

Thoughts on Writing by Elizabeth Gilbert  - On disicpline, hard work, rejection and why it’s never too late to start

Write Till You Drop by Annie Dillard - “Do you think I could be a writer?” “I don’t know… . Do you like sentences?”

Everything you Need to Know About Writing Successfully - in Ten Minutes by Stephen King - Short, sharp advice on everything from talent and self-criticism to having fun and entertaining your audience

Why I Write by George Orwell - On egoism, a love of beauty, the quest for truth and the desire to change the world — Orwell’s ‘four great motives for writing’

Despite Tough Guys, Life Is Not the Only School for Real Novelists by Kurt Vonnegut - A beautifully argued defence of the role of teaching in developing writers

That Crafty Feeling by Zadie Smith - A lecture by a great essayist and novelist on the craft of writing

A Place You All Know Well by Michael Chabon - On the central role of exporation in writing

The Nature of Fun by David Foster Wallace (excerpt) - DFW on what drives writers to write

Uncanny the Singing That Comes from Certain Husks by Joy Williams - “Who cares if the writer is not whole? Of course the writer is not whole, or even particularly well…”

Where Do You Get Your Ideas? by Neil Gaiman - A meditation on inspriation

Those Words That Echo…Echo…Echo Through Life by Jamaica Kincaid - Another great essay from the the New York Times Writers on Writing series

If anyone else out there has any suggested additions for the list, please feel free to submit them here!

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QnA Stuffs, Nation! (X)

OK, Phil…SciShow is here for you. Technically, we can’t see water either, unless we’re looking through a bunch of it. But your average glass of water, you aren’t seeing the water in there, you’re seeing two effects:

1. The surface where the water and the air meet (or the water and the glass). That surface can reflect light. Fish can see the surface of the water as well (it looks different from below, but it’s still visible.) But you can’t really see the water. Also, when water is on a person and they’re all shiny, that’s just because the water on them is all surface and you’re seeing all that surface.

2. The difference in the index of refraction between water and air. Light moves at different angles through different materials. So when you see water, especially in a glass, you’ll see it bending the light differently than air bends light. Fish would not see this, in the same way we don’t notice the index of refraction of air.

However, they DO see AIR in the same way WE see WATER! They would see the surface between the two and they would notice the difference in refraction between the two substances and note that “air” is a thing that they can see just like we imagine water as something we can see. Bubbles, y’know…

Now, there are two other things you might think. One, that you can see water because there’s stuff in it…but that’s just seeing the stuff…like you wouldn’t say you could see air just because there’s smoke or a cloud…you’re just seeing stuff IN the air. 

And last…water actually does absorb light, so if you look through a lot of it, you /can/ see it. However, this is also true of air, it’s just that air absorbs less light (much less, if there’s no water vapor in it.) So, in the same way that we can see air if we’re looking through enough of it (a very far away mountain will appear diluted and blue) fish would also be able to see water.

OR CAN FISH SEE AIR???????????

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