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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
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 40 minutes ago 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 12 hours ago 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 yesterday at FIRST DRAFT
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 yesterday 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 2 days ago 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 3 days ago 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 3 days ago at FIRST DRAFT
If you don't see them, they don't exist: When it's completed, 40 Riverside will have 219 expensive, river-facing condos to sell to people who are in a position to buy them and 55 street-facing places to rent to sad sacks... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at FIRST DRAFT
Tourist centers versus places people can live: Millennium Park is a triumph of public relations. For example, in interviews with civic leaders a few years ago, it wasn't hard to discern the script when virtually each one repeated the notion... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at FIRST DRAFT
Out this weekend working, but I wanted to ask in light of that meme going around The Internet's Gaping Butthole asking which of several dead musicians you would resurrect: If you could bring one historical personage back to life, who... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at FIRST DRAFT
Posted 7 days ago at FIRST DRAFT
This nails it, almost: But what all these issues, no matter how gigantically separated an Esquire puff piece and a Tennessee mother’s jailing for meth may seem, reflect back at us: How, in this country, every barometer by which female... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
This is too much for us to handle: The face-off is taking place after a similar demonstration in Murrieta, California, led to vitriolic exchanges about how the U.S. immigration system is being overwhelmed by a tide of Central American migrants.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
I ask you: But before they hung up, O’Malley told Muñoz not to send any of the children to the facility in Westminster, Md., that the White House was looking at. It’s a conservative part of the state, he warned.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
Something Oliver highlights in that video above, that I went looking for because it seemed to illustrate just what's wrong with everything ever right now: The last time the group met, in May 2011, historian Robert Dallek finally asked Obama... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
Well, let's look on the bright side. If it was Cheney we'd all need another round of shots. A. Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
Occasionally they remind us what they stand for. A. Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
Oh, well, that totally makes it okay: "My comment about a woman's body shutting the pregnancy down was directed to the impact of stress on fertilization. This is something fertility doctors debate and discuss," Akin writes. "Doubt me? Google ‘stress... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
Do you get seasick? I'm not too bad, but Mr. A gets queasy doing the dishes. A. Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
I swear, I think these "rolling coal" people are imaginary, because they just so perfectly fit the stereotype of the conservative jerk-off brigade: But what Weigel elides here is really important: the hidden assumption that these dudes actually are pissing... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
Assholes: To give an example, faith leaders said a Catholic charity group that believes sex outside heterosexual marriage is a sin should not be denied government funding because it refused to employ a leader who was openly gay. Um. YES... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
Thiiiiiis: Men with big careers don’t spend much time with their kids, either. This should be obvious by now, but there still seems to be a strong strain of “you can do everything if you just try hard enough” in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
I feel like I could write so much about the misery and brutality of the world, again, forever, or I could just put this here. A. Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT
A lot of people went back to the Founders this weekend. I went back to a couple of smart men I've read, too. Charlie: How is it that we hear the loudest yelps for liberty from the jailers of Guantanamo,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2014 at FIRST DRAFT