Tennessee Williams
STELLA AND HER STARS
by Tony Fitzpatrick

May 2, 2012

When you hang around New Orleans long enough, eventually you run into someone with a Tennessee Williams story. The legendary playwright lived there for a long time as a young man. And while his plays and repartee would lead you to believe that he lived in the Quarter proper and was part of that milieu, the truth is that actually lived out by Elysian Fields in a working-class enclave, one that was infinitely less glamorous than and without the transgressive chic of the gay Quarter culture.
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Tony Fitzpatrick Archives
Apr. 13, 2012
LOST ANGEL
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Art fairs, biennials, the “art-world clown car” and a bold proposal for Chicago’s new cultural plan.
Mar. 28, 2012
BABE
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An homage to Lou Beach, "one of our greatest living collagists.
Feb. 22, 2012
STAR FOR A RADIO DEVIL
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Tony Fitzpatrick on the joy of drawing "wise-ass, hot-foot, flaming-bag-of-dog-shit-on-your-porch" devils -- and not just to piss people off.
Jan. 23, 2012
Wint-O-Green Moth
FOR ETTA JAMES
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Etta James' baby face and angel's voice are gone, and winter settles down in Chicago.
Jan. 17, 2012
THE CHAIN GANG DREAMS OF KRYPTONITE
by Tony Fitzpatrick

The state of democracy in America is a sad affair.
Dec. 29, 2011
CRAZY FRANK IN THE BIG WORLD
by Tony Fitzpatrick

Tony Fitzpatrick pays homage to his long-lost pal Crazy Frank, a violent man more akin to an ape than a human.
Dec. 14, 2011
2011 in Review
HARD CANDY
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Tony Fitzpatrick looks back on 2011, a year of mixed blessings.
Nov. 30, 2011
THE ATLANTIC CITY MOTH
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Tony Fitzpatrick on the fate of New Jersey’s Atlantic City.
Nov. 28, 2011
Protest at Sotheby's
THE ATOMIC HOBO
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Occupy Wall Street takes its battle to Sotheby's, and comes face-to-face with the bigwigs of the art market.
Nov. 4, 2011
E/AB 2011
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by Tony Fitzpatrick

New York City is print country and the living breath of the print world is at E/AB 2011.
Oct. 31, 2011
WINTER'S NIGHT MOTH
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Thoughts on New York while performing Stations Lost at the Boiler in Williamsburg.
Sept. 23, 2011
HUD'S GIRL
by Tony Fitzpatrick

Tony Fitzpatrick pays homage to actress Patricia Neal -- a woman "about as fragile as a nail" -- for her performance in Martin Ritt's 1979 film Hud.
Sept. 6, 2011
THE GREY DOG IN THE SERVICE OF GHOSTS
by Tony Fitzpatrick

The danger of romanticizing the past -- but the importance of remembering.
Aug. 10, 2011
THE ICE MAN
by Tony Fitzpatrick

Tony Fitzpatrick on Chicago's long-standing history of crime.
July 29, 2011
THE RADIO SWAN
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Tony Fitzpatrick pays homage to his father, an Irish war hero who practiced tough love.
July 6, 2011
ASSHOPPER
by Tony Fitzpatrick

Discovering nature's romances, by watching grasshoppers mate.
June 22, 2011
BAZOOKA HULK
by Tony Fitzpatrick

American comic-books' history of conferring power on the outcast and giving voice to the silenced.
June 7, 2011
STAR FOR THE BLUE GIRL
by Tony Fitzpatrick

Praises for the Blue Jay, and the sanctuary of a golf course in the middle of the afternoon.
June 1, 2011
Steve Earle
THE MAP OF MERCY
by Tony Fitzpatrick

Tony Fitzpatrick pays homage to the unsung heroes upon whose back our country was built.
May 17, 2011
ALL THE FISH IN THE SEA
by Tony Fitzpatrick

Tony Fitzpatrick's homage to Tokyo's Tsukiji Fish Market, the largest in the world.
May 3, 2011
Black Sheep
MY MISSPENT YOUTH
by Tony Fitzpatrick

Caddying, foul-mouthed golfers and how much he learned from his misspent youth.
Apr. 8, 2011
RED STAR FOR THE DAUGHTERS OF JUAREZ
by Tony Fitzpatrick

Chilean novelist Roberto Bolaño, his unfinished masterpiece 2666, and the unsolved murders of the women of Juarez.
Mar. 28, 2011
BIRD FOR THE DAUGHTERS OF JUAREZ
by Tony Fitzpatrick

Chilean novelist Roberto Bolaño, his unfinished masterpiece 2666, and the unsolved murders of the women of Juarez.
Mar. 14, 2011
STAR FOR MY BLACK IRISH HEART
by Tony Fitzpatrick

For Saint Patrick’s Day, a word on the notion that the Irish are a happy-go-lucky bunch.
Mar. 4, 2011
The Verge Art Fair:
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by Tony Fitzpatrick

Artist and Chicago muse Tony Fitzpatrick -- now a gallery director -- participates in Verge Art Brooklyn.
Feb. 18, 2011
STAR FOR THE YELLOW CAB
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As Chicago voters go to the polls to elect their new mayor, a meditation on Mayors Daley, father and son.
Feb. 10, 2011
STAR FOR THE ETERNAL CITY
by Tony Fitzpatrick

Small kindnesses hold together a big city of many tribes.
Feb. 1, 2011
MOST THINGS CONSIDERED
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Exploding heads, anti-criticism, talk-show quacks and other musings about a decade in radio.
Jan. 14, 2011
STAR FOR TUCSON
by Tony Fitzpatrick

The Tea Party, the Tucson shooting and the discourse of fear and hate in Arizona.
Dec. 29, 2010
STAR FOR WESTERN AVENUE
by Tony Fitzpatrick

An ode to Chicago's working-class, transport center, the longest continuous avenue in town.
Dec. 16, 2010
STAR FOR A RED BIRD
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Making time for a few "stars," and for the new FireCat gallery.
Dec. 7, 2010
THE WINTER TIGER
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A special kind of public art for Chicago. Plus, a moth of ferocious poetry.
Nov. 30, 2010
The Messenger
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Politics and peace in Istabul and Chicago.
Nov. 5, 2010
THE NOVEMBER MOTH
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Moths, Prospect.1 New Orleans and what it is to be an artist.
Oct. 13, 2010
THE BROADWAY BEAST
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On Halloween you can let your animal self off the leash.
Sept. 30, 2010
PINK LADY
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An excerpt from the artist's upcoming book This Train.
Sept. 23, 2010
CANNERY ROW
by Tony Fitzpatrick

John Steinbeck and the promise of a great nation.
Sept. 15, 2010
BLUES FOR JUMBO CUMMINGS
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About a hard-luck boxer who came close to greatness.
Sept. 7, 2010
THE STAR FISH
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An aquatic superhero for the oil-drenched future.
Aug. 27, 2010
THE SOUL REBEL
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Number one in a new series, "Superheroes."