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Reporter & Writer
Interests: Allison Hantschel is a 10-year veteran of the newspaper business. She publishes First Draft, a writing and politics blog, with her partners Adrastos and Jude. She is the author of It Doesn’t End With Us: The Story of the Daily Cardinal (2008, Heritage Books) and the forthcoming Chicago’s Historic Irish Pubs (2011, Arcadia Books). She also edited the anthology Special Plans: The Blogs on Douglas Feith and the Faulty Intelligence That Led to War. Her work has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the Daily Southtown, Sirens Magazine, and Alternet. She lives in Chicago with her husband, three pet ferrets, and approximately 60 tons of books.
Recent Activity
There's really no better way to make your argument to young people than to call them stupid right from the get-go: Patton: There is no such thing as the absolute most perfect person. There’s no such thing. I know that... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at FIRST DRAFT
Sweet mercy, Ethel, kids can use the Internets for the Sexing! I work in public relations at Cook Children's. It’s my job to be on social networking sites, peruse the internet and keep up with the latest Apps offered on... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at FIRST DRAFT
I ask you, what incentive do these people have to work if we continue to pay them to be screw-ups? Tribune Publishing Co. LLC's new CEO, Jack Griffin, may earn as much as $3.5 million annually, and could be owed... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at FIRST DRAFT
If they're all that's left, they'll do: The Ann Arbor News, owned by Advance Publications, changed in July 2009 from a daily newspaper to a web-first model that produced a print edition only twice a week, making Ann Arbor among... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at FIRST DRAFT
Spoilers within. Quick takes: As if Jaime and Cersei screwing by their dead kid's bier wasn't gross enough, now we add some rape to the mix. In the book, she's the instigator of this crowning achievement in the field of... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at FIRST DRAFT
Early morning or late night? I used to be a late night person. Since Kick was born I've seen a lot of sunrises. Either way those dim hours seem like a secret part of the day that I never had... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at FIRST DRAFT
Posted 6 days ago at FIRST DRAFT
If only the Internet hadn't ruined everything. A. Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
That's the only explanation for this. A. Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
And other lessons learned from this fucknut whose rantings I cannot stop reading: “The key to beating poverty is not about beating racism, as nice as that might be to do. The key to beating poverty is to educate people.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
That Republican re-branding is going gangbusters: “Listen to what [Jimmy Carter] said yesterday talking about Hurricane Katrina. Now bear in mind, 10,000 people there are listening to this, and the current sitting president of the United States of America —... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
From Mike G: In summary, a guy on welfare demands more free stuff from the government. A. Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
Spoilers within. Quick takes: Give it up for Jack Gleeson, who in all his interviews seemed like just the sweetest kid ever, but who managed to make Joffrey hideous and frightening and petulant and cruel. Give it up for the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
Oh, for shit's sake: And it's not just changing culture. Over the last half century, various branches of government have also taken plenty of proactive steps to marginalize religion. Prayer in public school has been banned. Creches can no longer... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
Um, yeah: U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman has sent a letter to Tribune Co. CEO Peter Liguori saying interviews with experts “raised serious concerns about the future of the Los Angeles Times” should the company go ahead with its plan to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
What was your worst kitchen fail? Recipe gone wrong, gave a party food poisoning, what? We had just bought a new oven when I was having friends over for dinner and I was toasting pine nuts in a pan. Got... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
It's been warm enough to open the windows, but still chilly enough that a snuggle is the best idea: And speaking of snuggles, this is how I start my mornings these days: Life could be worse. A. Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
For which she was vilified and has now resigned. Am I happy the rollout was such a clusterfuck? Of course not. But a busted web site? Killed exactly NOBODY. Unlike these fellows. None of whom resigned in disgrace. A. Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
Jude knows this sort of thing makes me crazy: 5. Set plans are dead. People have options and up-to-the-minute updates on their friends (or other potential romantic interests) whereabouts thanks to texts & social media. If you aren’t the top... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
No, really, that's the argument: Just one problem: Hobby Lobby’s owners have little control over where their employees’ money is invested. As Ryan Ellis of Americans for Tax Reform explains: 401(k) plans are directed and invested by employees, not by... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
Ugh: With more people attending colleges charging ever-higher tuition, the number of borrowers has increased 70 percent in 10 years. So has the amount that the average student borrows. In 2004, 23 million people had student loans, and the average... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
Obamacare failed because MSNBC didn't "push back hard enough" against Fox: Stelter featured two partisan commentators, Marc Lamont Hill and Ben Ferguson, to debate the divisiveness of the issue not as pundits but as “regular people” confronting the barrage of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
In which blue balls is apparently a gender-neutral thing in Westeros. Spoilers within. Quick takes: Oberyn and Ellaria were appropriately hot and sexy and scenery-chewy, and thank you as always, HBO, for spelling out what's only hinted at in the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
If they don't know how the Internet is gonna work: Back on March 24, Cruz posted an informal survey on his verified senatorial Facebook page. It read: "Quick poll: Obamacare was signed into law four years ago yesterday. Are you... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
Plenty of women who've never had sex are on it, because of things like this: Courtney Everette has been on birth control since she was 17. Did it help prevent unwanted pregnancies? Probably. But the reason this Chicago mom has... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT