Culture Catalysts is a monthly series that celebrates and provides a platform for Chicagoans at the epicenter of the cultural scene. J.C. Gabel is the founding editor and publisher of STOP SMILING, the magazine for high-minded lowlifes, which published from 1995 to 2009. He is presently editor-in-chief and publisher of The Chicagoan as well as Hat & Beard Press, a new book imprint dedicated to nonfiction titles in the realm of art, architecture, design, film, music, and pop culture. He is also an editor-at-large for Chronicle Books and Taschen Books and writes regularly for a variety of culture magazines, including Print, Bookforum, Playboy, The Oxford American, and Wallpaper.
Recorded Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.