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Russ Tutterow Memorial

On July 13, 2015, friends and colleagues of longtime Chicago Dramatists artistic director Russ Tutterow came together at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago to honor him in testimony and song. It was a magical night of reminiscing and paying homage to a wonderful, hardworking man whose efforts over the course of nearly 30 years helped shape the...

Esperanto: The Language of Hope

The idea of a universal language is praiseworthy but not without drawbacks—including the potential loss of meaning drawn from common human experience in the deep past. Guarded Praise for a Global Language As I was walking in downtown Chicago a few years ago with a friend and fellow writer, it suddenly struck me to ask her if she'd ever heard of...

Sailing with Einstein

When Irene Salinger was a teenager, she spent the summers in the country, where her neighbor was Albert Einstein. Einstein loved to sail and would take her with him on the water, where he shared with her the secrets of living an interesting and productive life. A Creativity Tip from the First Mate Years ago, I had the great honor of getting to...

The Escape from Deterministic Darkness

File these thoughts under "Why Life is Perpetual Surprise" or "How to Dislodge Your Mind and Get Back to Creating When It Seems Like the World (and Your Story) Is Already Completely Known." In Rational Defense of the Epiphany In his 1997 book, The End of Certainty, physicist Ilya Prigogine (Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1977) thrusts a well-honed...

The Joys of Discovery and Validation

Whether in science or in writing, the pleasure that results from any revelation is amplified according to its reach. But just as thrilling as the revelation itself is confirmation from testing that it holds true. The Satisfaction of Seeing an Idea Confirmed In the work life of the scientist, pleasure is not restricted to the "eureka moment," that...

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