WBEZ | ed zulkey http://www.wbez.org/tags/ed-zulkey Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en A review of Ed Zulkey's paper "Thumbthing's Up" http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-02/review-ed-zulkeys-paper-thumbthings-105364 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/4508040369_74d8fe5c51.jpg" style="float: right; height: 205px; width: 300px;" title="" /><span id="internal-source-marker_0.804553492378344">As you may know, I produce a literary reading series (</span><a href="http://www.zulkey.com/funnyhaha.php">Funny Ha-Ha, February 22</a>!), but I&rsquo;m not the only Zulkey who reads in public. My mom <a href="http://www.zulkey.com/2011/04/list_papers_in_descending_orde.php">presents papers at her very old and fancy book club</a> and Tuesday night I watched my dad present a piece he wrote on the American cultural history of hitchhiking through the lens of his own experience participating in this most adventurous mode of transportation. &nbsp;</div><p><br />Dad&rsquo;s paper was called &ldquo;Thumbthing&rsquo;s Up&rdquo; (har har) and he read it at the <a href="http://chicagoliteraryclub.blogspot.com/">Chicago Literary Club</a>. Whereas the Hideout, where I read, is a dive bar located near where the city stores the garbage trucks, the Literary Club met in the Skyline Club, a private club on the 24th floor of a building downtown. At the Hideout you can purchase tamales from a guy who comes in with a cooler. At the Skyline Club we were served a four-course meal. The median age at the Hideout Club is about 28 and at the Literary Club I think it&rsquo;s about 100 (just kidding.) Most importantly, alcohol is available at both.<br /><br />After dinner and drinks, we settled in to hear Mr. Zulkey read, which I was looking forward to since I knew he&rsquo;d been working on the paper for awhile and &nbsp;that it included a lot of his youthful adventures. I enjoyed my dad&rsquo;s piece, which glossed over hitchhiking in American books, TV and film and examined his own history of doing so, which raised many a question in my mind, including and more than once, &ldquo;Your parents let you do that?&rdquo; and &ldquo;And you lived after doing that?&rdquo; My favorite part is the end, where my dad talks about hitchhiking and getting picked up by a pretty lady whom he later married.<br /><br />In the end, I give Ed Zulkey reading at the Chicago Literary Club two thumbs up (get it? Let me know if you don&rsquo;t.)<br /><br />I am obviously incredibly unbiased when it comes to this review, but as they say on Reading Rainbow, <a href="http://chilit.org/Papers%20by%20author/Zulkey%20--%20Thumbthing%27s%20Up.htm">you don&rsquo;t have to take my word for it.</a></p></p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 08:35:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-02/review-ed-zulkeys-paper-thumbthings-105364