Negative Space: Chicago
- The Best of Mike Royko: One More Time
If you’re looking for a grand overview of Mike Royko’s essays, this is a great place to start. It includes his very first essay from September 6, 1963, and provides some of his best works from the sixties, seventies, eighties, and nineties, ending with his very last column from March 21, 1997, which was, fittingly, about both the Cubs and Sam Sianis of the Billy Goat Tavern.
- Billy Goat Tavern
Review of that favorite of Mike Royko, Chicago’s Billy Goat Tavern.
- From 1955 to 1976, Richard J. Daley was the mayor of Chicago and the undisputed boss of Chicago politics. In 1971, reporter Mike Royko published a book about Daley’s rise to power and his firm grip on it. Boss is a fascinating story of the Chicago machine that still in some form exists today.
- Call Northside 777
A journalism noir starring Jimmy Stewart as the crusading reporter who frees an innocemnt man while arguing with his editor, smoking, drinking, and walking the streets of Chicago.
- Chicago: Bookman’s Corner
You should probably wear a hard hat in this store. It is filled with towering piles of books.
- Deadlines & Monkeyshines: The Fabled World of Chicago Journalism
The past is a dark place to look into; despite all of the paeans to a golden age of journalism, John J. McPhaul describes a world very much like our own, but without the Internet to shine a light on journalism’s monkeyshines.
- Dr. Kookie, You’re Right!
Mike Royko’s final collection of essays, from the second half of the eighties, highlights his bias as much as his great writing.
- For the Love of Mike: More of the Best of Mike Royko
This collection of Royko columns is basically the leftovers from the previous collection, from the sixties on up, and worth getting if you’re a Royko fan.
- Never Come Morning
- Nelson Algren’s Never Come Morning goes beyond being a story about Chicago corruption. This is a story of the corruption of the soul of the poorest poor in the land where, when opportunity knocks, you spit out your teeth and a stream of blood follows.
- World Chancelleries
Compiled shortly after the devastation of World War One, World Chancelleries is a plea for peace at any cost. It also sheds light on pre-Second World War viewpoints of progressive outlets like the Chicago Daily News.
- Mike Royko at the Billy Goat, 1982
“Mike Royko talks about softball, his father’s saloon, the day he played for The Strykers and his dying wish—to fall dead on home plate in this rare 1982 interview at The Billy Goat Tavern.”