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He likes it, he really likes it

Slate’s Jack Shager sings the praises of Chicago magazine Stop Smiling, crediting the published-5-or-6-times-per-year magazine for making him excited about magazines again: “Stop Smiling is smart. It’s idiosyncratic. It’s a little like Dave Eggers’ old magazine Might in that it’s beautiful to look at, only it’s irony-free. And it brims with the romanticism for magazines that Harold Hayes applied to Esquire, Kurt Andersen and Graydon Carter squeezed into Spy, and Louis Rosetto drenched Wired with.” Stop Smiling calls itself “The magazine for high-minded lowlifes,” and with Kurt Vonnegut on the cover of the current issue (in addition to interviews with Garrison Keillor and Dave Eggers, and an article on the Touch and Go 25th anniversary), they can call themselves whatever they like, as long as they keep coming out with such must-read stuff.

Treadmills, OkGo

Treadmills? That’s awesome. From our hometown heroes, OkGo.

Am I the last person on earth to see this video?

Can’t get any better than this.

Manhattan Elsewhere

Manhattan in Lake Michigan

Jason Kottke puts Manhattan in Lake Michigan in his Manhattan Elsewhere.

The Txt Msg Hall of Fame: A Contender Emerges


Last week, I debuted the Txt Msg Hall of Fame– what I hoped would become a recurring feature on the blog. Of course, to become a recurring feature requires input from readers, so I put up the post, sat back and waited.

Well, I didn’t have to wait long for a true contender to the TMHOF to emerge: long-time Metblogs reader and commenter Katie came through with a slew of real doozies. Not as foul and vulgar as my buddy Mike’s from last week, but truly entertaining in a hilarious and head-scratching way nonetheless. It’s hard to imagine the context in which some of these messages were sent, which makes them all the more amusing.

Without further ado, here are this week’s entries into the TMHOF! Thanks Katie!

“Just photoshopped a viking hat onto the naked Katie in my head”

More after the jump…

The Txt Msg Hall of Fame


This is the first in what I hope will be a recurring feature here on Metroblogging Chicago: “The Txt Msg Hall of Fame.” But like all good blogging, I need your help- send your text messages to me today for inclusion in the TMHOF! (details below)

Our inaugural entries are provided by a good friend of mine whose text messages are mind-boggling. This dude has the kavorka, as you will soon witness. Each of the text messages is from a different young lady. I can vouch that they are absolutely real.

Keep reading…

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