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Athenae
Chicago
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
Weekend Question: HOW MUCH ASS DO YOU ALL KICK? You kick all the asses. That are there. To be kicked. In all sincerity, thank you all for contributing. It will help us move to our shiny new home tomorrow (you... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
Donate and join the fun below! Update: Thanks to all for joining in! Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
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Bucky and Claire would like to snuggle everyone who's donated to the fund drive so far: Keep it going! A. Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
The night the Iraq War broke out I was drunk at a bowling alley. The paper I was working for had set up its coverage plan, because we'd all known this was going to happen if not exactly when, and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
We always seem to need one: Basically, the Times will now distribute a weekly magazine produced by the Redskins and publish "commentaries" about football matters provided by the team in the newspaper. In return, columnists and reporters from the Times... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
But hey, just keep yelling DIGITAL PARADIGM. I'm sure one of these days it'll relate to the actual facts: This week, The Times-Picayune of New Orleans announced that its home-delivery subscribers, who were cut back to three days a week... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
Women don't really want to hook up, even if they say they do. Women are silly, and you can't believe what they say, because they don't know their own minds, and even if they say they want sex, deep down... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
Contribute if you can, and be here Friday night for a crack van celebration! Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
We are ten years old. We are in fourth grade. We need new corduroys and school supplies. Ten years ago this weekend, Holden and Tena and pie and I decided we'd had a stellar time guestblogging over at the Crack... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
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Bucky jumping up to say hello: He's gonna be six this fall, which is the equivalent of a senior citizen in ferret years, but sometimes he still thinks he's a kit. A. Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
In Mississippi: The next woman, the forty-three-year-old, already has two kids, plus she's recovering from thyroid cancer. "Actually, my tubes are tied," she tells him. "I really don't want any more kids." "I hear you," he says. She works at... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
Yes, that is a thing someone wrote. Take it away, Club for Growth: Tiahrt is now trying to retake his former seat, which is now held by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R). The Club for Growth supports Pompeo (and Tiahrt has... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
He's not wrong about this: He turned out to be something else altogether. To blame Republicans ignores a glaring truth: Obama’s record is worst where they had little or no role to play. It wasn’t Republicans who prosecuted all those... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
I can't. I CAAAAAANNNNN'TTTTT: Perhaps I could have shared my own experience. You see, I don’t know what condom-sex feels like, but I can’t imagine it’s better than the au natural. I only know what it is like to have... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
Kerry fought for peace, and failed: Kerry pressed on: “When I fought in Vietnam, I used to look at the faces of the local population and the looks they gave us. I’ll never forget it. It gave me clarity that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
Posted Jul 27, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
Insomnia cures. Hit me with them. Have already tried Lord of the Rings again, and it didn't work. I was just saying in the comments to the Ferretblogging post that everybody assumes Kick is the problem with me sleeping when... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
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I don't know why I can't get my shit together to do these on Friday morning anymore, guys. It's not like the weasel-beasts aren't in exactly the same position come dawn and dusk: A. Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
What is Common Core? Why is it controversial? Does this controversy have any basis in fact or is it just another wingnut fantasy like death panels and FEMA camps? I hope you weren't looking for journalism to answer those questions:... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
Yes: We don’t encourage our children to play with blocks from a young age because we expect them all to be architects and builders. We do it because we know the seemingly simple task of stacking diverse, colored objects into... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
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You do not desire forgiveness: "We have withheld forgiveness because you do not desire it." As if that's what forgiveness is about. You forgive because forgiveness allows you to let go of hate and fear, to stop pulling them around... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
Or something: I am a proponent of most of the causes the gay community has fought for. And I think that it's wrong how they've been prejudiced against. But having said all that, I think it's important to recognize that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
God, keep it up, Republicans: Two Republican judges on the D.C. Circuit Court have ruled that the equivalent of a typo is enough to strip health care subsidies from up to five million people, dealing what would be a death... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
Otherwise it's like hyperlocal and citizen journalism and every other flailing attempt to be to readers anything other than what newspapers are good at: The Dallas Morning News launched its premium website nine months ago, hoping readers would be willing... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT