I’m having a good time here.
I’m enjoying being in the city and looking at the urban material infrastructure, the ‘L’ railway, the skyscrapers (apparently invented in Chicago) and listening to the noise.
We have been doing some teaching at Northwestern University. To sort ourselves out, we were loaned a spectacular conference room next to the President’s office (of the med school, not of the US)
We went to a ‘retro’ market in MK’s neighbourhood and I snapped up this unused 1980’s polaroid camera for $20
Here’s another Jam comic by MK and me
Here’s a rapidly drawn jam comic (where you have 2 mins per panel and swap over for alternate panels) by MK and me
I’ve been in Chicago 2 days. I arrived to sunshine and snow and very low temperatures- lovely high-pressure weather.
I’m staying with MK (aka Comic Nurse) and Cindy and their lovely Wheaten Terrier, Alice Bea. I am very lucky.
On Sunday, MK took me to look round Graceland Cemetary as I had missed it last time I was here. We paid our respects at the grave of Mies Van Der Rohe
It is a truly amazing place, full of impressive monuments to the dead, and a pretty creepy sculpture by Lorado Taft
Some more funereal stuff:
as we were standing by this pyramid, a man walked over and said that he passed by this grave every day and had occasionally seen the head of the sphynx rotate ‘real slow, so slow that you hardly notice’
OK, last one for now:
I learned quite a bit about the history of Chicago and the families (and egos) of the industrialists from walking round the cemetery with MK.