Memoryhouse is a University of Chicago-based student-run literary magazine that encourages undergraduates, graduates, faculty, and staff to share their first-person narratives with one another through writing. While the magazine requires all submissions to feature a first-person voice and present a concrete narrative, it accepts all literary genres, as well as original art and photography. Memoryhouse releases three issues per academic year and hosts a fully functional website which features original content and an active blog. In addition to presenting written work, Memoryhouse also organizes quarterly events that range from treks to theaters, comedy clubs, and other performance spaces to interactive writing and art projects for the entire University of Chicago community.
To escape the encroaching storm or what other people call finals, I’ve created a list of some of my favorite authors who I wished had memoirs.
- Toni Morrison—She cancelled plans for her memoir because she said her life was not interesting. Please change your mind! Everyone’s life is interesting, especially a Nobel Prize Laureate.
- Shel Silverstein— The Missing Piece basically made me rethink my life. I wish there was a book where he talked more about his life while he grew up in Chicago.
- Shakespeare—Even though he caused me a lot of pain in high school, Shakespeare is a pillar in English Literature.
- The Grimm Brothers—Their creepy tales haunted my childhood. I want to know what inspired them.
- Dorothy Parker—She is still the love of my literary life. I’m still waiting for Mongrel.
Good Luck with Finals! Please don’t forget to come to the Chapbook Festival that is happening this Saturday!
Below are some awesome links to writing contests that are open for submission. I encourage you guys to check them out. Submitting your work is the first step to getting your name out there. I know it can be scary at first to submit your work, but you never know what might happen unless you try.
This weekend, I had the lovely opportunity to volunteer at one of Chicago’s oldest community art centers. Located in Brozeville is the South Side Community Arts Center, a place that has been dedicated to the promotion and appreciation of African American art since the early 1940s. The people who work there are truly committed to the cause, working endlessly to keep the place up and running. The center hosts all varieties of artwork by such known artists as Jon Jones, Charles White, Henry Avery, Archibald Motley, Jr. and Marian Perkins. With constant galleries and auctions, the SSCAC is always thriving in activity.
I went to the SSAC with a group of other students, and we helped clean the place out (as it’s very old and has accumulated quite a lot over the years) for a majority of the afternoon. My job was actually interesting; I got to work in the center’s basement and help document the artwork they had stored down there. Basically, I evaluated the style of the piece, searched for a name and date, looked to see if there was a title, and measured the length and width of each work. Words cannot describe how amazing it was to be so close to such creations and learn about the histories behind them. I definitely recommend visiting the center if not to volunteer then at least to visit, for the essence and purpose of the SSAC are just incredible to witness.
By Rivka Arbetter
If you have nothing to do during the upcoming Thanksgiving break, check out An Iliad. The play is at the Court Theater until December 15, and it is only 95 minutes long. An Iliad is a wonderful way to escape and relax before the sea of finals hits you. It will make you nostalgic of your first year in Greek, Thought, and Literature. The sweet memories of your friends ranting or raving about GTL will come rushing back to you. But in all seriousness, it is a wonderful portrayal of Homer’s epic. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity! If you don’t believe me, check out this review from the Chicago Tribune by Chris Jones.
This past Saturday, the 23rd of November, was the annual lights festival! For those of you who are new to Chicago, the festival is a parade in which floats of various Christmas and Disney themes drive down Michigan Avenue to celebrate the turning on of the Magnificent Mile’s holiday lights. Families from the city and its surrounding areas conjoin around the street to watch Mickey Mouse wave his magic wand to light up the trees. The parade occurs every Saturday night before Thanksgiving regardless of the temperature; and this year was no exception as numerous onlookers stood in the freezing cold to witness the events. Why do they do this? Because the parade signifies the start of the Christmas season and puts the whole city into the holiday spirit.
By Rivka Arbetter
- 12 Years a Slave
- Dallas Buyers Club
- Prozac Nation
- The Boy’s Life
- An Education
Everyone should watch these movies. The top two are currently in theaters and are getting Oscar buzz. The best part about watching movies, which are adopted from creative nonfiction works, is that you are able see the similarities and differences between the books and the movies. Just image how much of a connoisseur of the fine arts your friends will think you are. Guys, it’s time for you to flaunt and flash your love for creative nonfiction especially when watching the latest movies.
Uchicago’s GlobeMed RSO held its first ever Global Health Film Festival on Saturday, opening with The English Surgeon. As the title suggests, the film centers on a surgeon from England named Henry Marsh who travels to Ukraine to improve the quality of their surgery. Dr. Marsh faces struggles at every corner as the film traces both the successes and the inevitable failures that come with life as a surgeon. Set against the bleak backdrop of an impoverished Ukraine, the film presents a poignant portrait of Dr. Marsh’s life.
In a Q&A session after the film, director Geoffrey Smith called The English Surgeon, a “moral tale” that is “not about medicine,” but rather about “one man’s struggle to do good things.” He explained how Dr. Marsh’s ability to be vulnerable that made him a perfect subject for a documentary, calling him “more of an artist than a surgeon” as the film ultimately shows not only his work, but his human side, and his fallibility.
By Kevin Barnum
A wonderful performance byJoshua Solomon from Friday’s Cabaret. He captivated the audience with his improv music, which was filled with jumping beats and exotic notes.
This Friday, I went to see my first ever A Cappella show at the UChurch theater, a performance by the all male group “Run for Cover.” They sung hit songs such as Radioactive by Imagine Dragons, What Are You Waiting For by Neon Trees, and Payphone by Maroon 5. It was interesting because I wasn’t expecting to hear such current songs, for it’s not what one would usually think A Capella group would sing. It was cool, though, because they added such an intricate array of vocals that it sounded like a band was really there playing the music, instruments and all. “Run for Cover” did a fantastic job, and I would definitely go see them again. Their next concert will be on the first Thursday of reading period- be sure not to miss it!
By Rivka Arbetter