“Perhaps it is time the ‘work ethic’ was redefined and its idea reclaimed from the banal men who invoke it. In a world of cybernetics, of an almost runaway technology, things are increasingly making things. It is for our species, it would seem, to go on to other matters. Human matters.”—Studs Terkel, Working (1972)
Club news: That was Italian
A found scrapbook, a lost era. Che bello.
Forgotten history: Food life
Fine dining found a fine muse in Alma Lach, EX’38.
Office hours with Aden Kumler, AB’96:
A College alumna learns you can go home again. You may just have to put your bass guitar in storage.
Outliers: Bon viveur
Carl Van Vechten never saw a taboo he wasn’t itching to break.
That’s nice: Check your ego at the door
In the community with the Institute of Politics.
The University of Chicago Magazine has been published continuously since 1907; here are the features from the July–Aug/14 issue:
Reflections on the life and work of trailblazing economist Gary Becker.
Chicago Harris’s Gary Project joins forces with a dynamic new mayor to reframe the Indiana steel town’s future.
View from the page
Pulitzer Prize-winning Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens, AB’95, brings a UChicago intellectual spirit to the sword fight of political commentary.
How the University of Chicago, the great books craze, and a love of Goethe helped create the Aspen Institute.