Journalist/Author Jessica Hopper

“Night Moves,” the latest book by music (and cultural) critic Hopper, is straight out of her journals from 2004 to 2009. She saw Chicago’s institutions and infrastructure as “¼ nature, ¼ trash, ¼ industrial, ¼ gleaming rehab.” She saw the people, though, as one of a kind,  although they often fell into loose crews of post-adolescents. She dove into a boho lifestyle, but has a sharp sense for when to insert higher-brow references, especially when describing how her part of the city was undergoing gentrification. This exercise in memoir-by-essay may be all the better at capturing raw urban vitality because of the author’s choice not to push for the maximum possible rawness. What’s here is plenty. 


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