In The Weight of Shadows, his first book, Orduña recounts a lifetime as the “other”.
“There was no playbook for helping an exoneree set up his life after nearly a quarter of a century behind bars.”[AR1] —Alison Flowers[AR2] [CB3]
“I think there’s a tendency for policy to run ahead of evidence.
“I didn’t have to live a double life, which often one does have to.”
His rich academic work sketches a Chicago likely both familiar and foreign to people who have only known it in the new century: a city as geographically divided as the one we know
“A comedian could look out into the audience and see his doctor at one table, his drug dealer at the next, his girlfriend at the next and his college professor at the table next to her.”
“If people come back ten years from now, or fifteen years from now, and it looks as though what happened was urban renewal or gentrification under another name, well, you’ll be getting the same kinds of critical histories you got about urban renewal in the fifties and sixties, right?” – Bart Schultz
Indie City Writers seeks to address disparities in writers’ resources throughout the city
By improvising within the expansive, adapting forms of Negroland, [Jefferson] ends up incorporating more voices than her own.
“By the time Michaeli arrived at The Defender, it had endorsed reformative politicians such as ‘Big Bill’ Thompson, John F. Kennedy, Harold Washington, and Barack Obama; covered the triumphs of prominent black figures such as Jack Johnson and Bessie Coleman; and featured the writings of Martin Luther King, Jr., Langston Hughes, and Gwendolyn Brooks, to name a few.”