Performers!

  • Dame Grant @ Steppenwolf!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to kick of 2019 with a return to Steppenwolf as part of their LookOut Series -- a performance series that presents the work of artists and companies across genre and form. We're delighted to welcome Dame Grant to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Dame here and get your tickets!

    Dame Grant is a Chicago based comedian with small town roots. He started comedy at a young age and still does it at a middle age. At one point he moved to Wisconsin and became a man. He relocated to Chicago in 2015 and is in love with the city.  

    What are your wishes for 2019??
        a) End homelessness,
        b) Import a Kangaroos to Nevada,
        c) Say "Test drive a Tesla" 3 times fast

    Dame is sharing a story with us at Steppenwolf Sunday, February 3.

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  • JH Palmer @ Steppenwolf!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to kick of 2019 with a return to Steppenwolf as part of their LookOut Series -- a performance series that presents the work of artists and companies across genre and form. We're delighted to welcome JH Palmer to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about JH here and get your tickets!

    JH Palmer is a writer, performer, and everybody's favorite aunt. Her superpowers include the ability to complain about plantar fasciitis, detail the joys and pitfalls of home ownership, and get into a situation where she needs your help jumping a graveyard fence all in the same twelve hour period. Her work has appeared in The Toast, Story Club Magazine, and is forthcoming in The Thread. According to that twinning thing, she's a 41.5% match for Dr. Ruth Westheimer.

    What are your wishes for 2019?

    1. My first wish for 2019 is for Chicago to elect a decent mayor;

    2. My second wish for 2019 is to see some amazing natural wonders - maybe Yellowstone or Joshua Tree, or I could just watch "Springsteen on Broadway" on Netflix as many times as possible.

    3. My third wish for 2019 is to witness fewer disgusting things on public transportation. In the past year I've seen a woman on the #82 Kimball-Homan bus sneeze a huge glob of snot onto her hand and then look around helplessly for someone to hand her a tissue; watched a man cover one nostril and shoot snot onto the sidewalk out of the other before boarding the #78 Montrose bus; and saw a man pull up his pants after taking a crap on the brown line tracks at Paulina... and then made eye contact with me.

  • Carly Oishi @ Steppenwolf!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to kick of 2019 with a return to Steppenwolf as part of their LookOut Series -- a performance series that presents the work of artists and companies across genre and form. We're delighted to welcome Carly Oishi to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Carly here and get your tickets!

    Carly Oishi is the co-founder of Miss Spoken and Solo in the 2nd City (RIP). During the day she's the director of financial capability services at nonprofit Ladder Up, an online grad student, and a C+ mom. You can read her musings at Oh Is She dot com.  

    What are your wishes for 2019??

    1) Financial Health
    As someone who literally gives free financial advice, I'm terrible with budgeting and savings.  This year I hope to put some money away and start thinking about making big purchases like a house (!) I know, Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    2) Finding peace with my body
    I've spent far too long hating how I look and this year I want to come to peace with that. So my goal is no longer necessarily around a number on the scale or size of pants, but being comfortable and confident in my clothing. And yeah, that'll probably mean dropping losing weight, but I want to do it in baby steps, making small changes and not "dieting." Seriously, this list is THRILLING.

    3) Getting paid to write
    I've been putting content out there for free for far too long. I know my ability is not up to snuff for compensation yet, but I'm going to work at it this year. I plan to hone better pitches and put myself out there more. Tied in with the first wish, having some extra income is never a bad thing.

    Carly is sharing a story with us at Steppenwolf Sunday, February 3.

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  • Adithi Chandrashekar @ Steppenwolf!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to kick of 2019 with a return to Steppenwolf as part of their LookOut Series -- a performance series that presents the work of artists and companies across genre and form. We're delighted to welcome Adithi Chandrashekar to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Adithi here and get your tickets!

    Adithi Chandrashekar is an actor and writer based in Chicago. She last performed with YBR at our November 2018 show, themed "Huh." Adithi's solo performance piece Open Season, was written and produced as part of The Gift Theatre's inaugural 4802 residency, a lab which focuses on new work research and development. Her most recent appearances include Bull in a Shop at About Face Theatre, We're Gonna Be Okay at American Theater Company, Wit at The Hypocrites and NBC's Chicago Med. Adithi is a proud 2015 graduate of the School at Steppenwolf, and has trained at the Second City Training Center's writing program, iO Theater, Green Shirt Studios and the Acting Studio Chicago. She is represented by Stewart Talent Agency.

    What are your wishes for 2019??
    1. For my family and loved ones to find good health, much happiness and new and rewarding avenues for prosperity.
    2. To finish writing the three projects I've been working on for far too long as it is.
    3. To make a practice of prioritizing my own health, peace of mind and well-being.
    (4. To host a killer dance party.)

    Adithi is sharing a story with us at Steppenwolf Sunday, February 3.

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  • Kevin Gladish @ Steppenwolf!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to kick of 2019 with a return to Steppenwolf as part of their LookOut Series -- a performance series that presents the work of artists and companies across genre and form. We're delighted to welcome Kevin Gladish to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Kevin here and get your tickets!

    Kevin has been telling stories in the Chicago area for a while now, and still swears it all really happened. Really. He is thrilled to make his debut with You're Being Ridiculous. He has also performed at such venues as This Much is True, Story Club, Story Sessions, Do Not Submit, That's All She Wrote, and The Moth Grand Slam. He's acted in a bunch of plays too and writes a blog called A Story With No Beginning about his experience as a late discovery adoptee searching for and finding birth family. When he's not proofing medical journal articles by day, he's drinking too much coffee, eating burgers with friends at diners, and trying to write the very strange story of his life despite more than occasional writer's block. Helpful suggestions are welcome. Thanks to Jeremy & company for this opportunity and to the vibrant storytelling community in Chicago, which never ceases to amaze and inspire.

    What are your wishes for 2019??

    The serious one first: I wish that every state would start to change their laws to allow adult adoptees access to their own birth and medical records. We still have a ways to go.

    Second, I wish we can all spread a lot more love and a lot less hate. You know what I'm talking about. I won't say his name.

    Finally, I wish people would stop using so many acronyms and just spell out their favorite TV shows. I'm old and unhip and have no idea what you're talking about. P.S. Get off my lawn. 

    Kevin is sharing a story with us at Steppenwolf Sunday, February 3.

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  • Laurel Ross @ Steppenwolf!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to kick of 2019 with a return to Steppenwolf as part of their LookOut Series -- a performance series that presents the work of artists and companies across genre and form. We're delighted to welcome Laurel Ross to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Laurel here and get your tickets!

    Laurel Ross graduated from high school in 1965 which means she is quite a bit older than she looks. She credits almost 50 years of a vegetarian diet for her clear mind and clear skin.  As an ordained Zen Buddhist priest she is available to perform weddings and funerals, but not bar mitzvahs.

     What are your wishes for 2019?

    1- I hope that neither of my two cats will need teeth cleaning.  It is very expensive and they punish me for months afterwards.  Like people, cats do not consider doctors as allies, but as enemies.

    2- I hope that someone is elected to be Chicago’s next mayor who actually cares about the people, the parks and the culture of our great city. It has been a long, long time since Harold Washington stood up for righteous city government.

    3- I hope that everyone follows through on their New Year’s resolutions because the world will be a better (and slenderer) place. 

  • Lupe Nuñez @ Steppenwolf!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to kick of 2019 with a return to Steppenwolf as part of their LookOut Series -- a performance series that presents the work of artists and companies across genre and form. We're delighted to welcome Lupe Nuñez to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Lupe here and get your tickets!

    Lupe is a proud husband and father, first generation Mexican-Chicagoan who makes video games by day and tells stories by night. Born and raised in Chicago, he's spent the last few years bringing his style of storytelling to many shows and venues all across the city and suburbs. Lupe is a lifelong hip hop head, former emcee, and avid record collector which influences and inspires a lot of his writing and storytelling. Lupe is also inspired by his role as a #22q (Google it) and Homeschool Dad. As life's responsibilities and obligations grew over the years, Lupe felt a lot of the creative outlets were slipping away. He's turned to storytelling to fill the void, fell in love w/ making a connection and sharing special moments w/ an audience, and never looked back. He looks forwards to growing and cultivating his storytelling as a craft and taking it to other levels and mediums.  

    What are your wishes for 2019?

    * A healthy, financially improved, loving, happy 2019 for my family and I. We're making some strides in positive directions, I hope we can stay on track and make the most of our goals and plans.

    * I wish and hope that real music that takes on the world and society head-on will emerge again. We need it, the kids need it.

    * A taco wish: that all of the carne asada is flame-grilled and all of the al pastor is spit-roasted.

  • Eva Friedman @ Steppenwolf!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to kick of 2019 with a return to Steppenwolf as part of their LookOut Series -- a performance series that presents the work of artists and companies across genre and form. We're delighted to welcome Eva Friedman to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Eva here and get your tickets!

    Eva Friedman is a Chicago-based playwright, director, actor, educator, occasional poet, bibliophile, and waffle enthusiast. She has directed four of her own plays with Silver Masque Theatre Company in Boston, MA, as well as assistant directing productions with Lyric Stage Company of Boston. She will be making her professional debut as a playwright and director at the 2019 Rhinoceros Theatre Festival with her latest play, Perennials. This world premiere is also the debut production for The Tiniest Theatre Collective, of which she is one of the two founding ensemble members (hence the title). Favorite acting credits include Ripe Frenzy (Hadley/Bethany), Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Jean), Clybourne Park (Bev/Kathy), and The Importance of Being Earnest (Cecily). Eva is also a teaching artist with Lifeline Theatre, a proud Northeastern University alumna, and a member of the National New Play Network. Much love to Mom & Dad. evafriedman.com.

    What are your wishes for 2019??

    Wish #1. To wake up one morning with Pocahontas's hair, Cinderella's household help, and Belle's library (minus the colonialism, child abuse, and Stockholm syndrome. Ideally).

    Wish #2. To rid the world of people who leave shows during the curtain call. Really? You really have to step on the toes of all the good, decent people in your row to get to your car before everyone else? Does beating the minimal parking garage traffic really matter more to you than taking two minutes to show your appreciation for the artists who have been baring their soul to you for the last hour and a half? Are you really more important than everyone else here, you selfish sack of human excrement?

    Wish #3. No more crushes on fictional characters. My poor little heart can't take another Robby from Atonement situation. From now on, only real men and women who were wrongly imprisoned and died tragically on the beaches of Normandy for me (if you're mad about spoilers, sorry not sorry, the book came out eighteen years ago, you had your chance)!

  • Derek Van Barham @ Steppenwolf!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to kick of 2019 with a return to Steppenwolf as part of their LookOut Series -- a performance series that presents the work of artists and companies across genre and form. We're delighted to welcome Derek Van Barham to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Derek here and get your tickets!

    DEREK VAN BARHAM is the Producing Artistic Director of Kokandy Productions, and a member of the Red Tape Theatre ensemble. He previously served as Associate Artistic Director of Pride Films & Plays. For PFP, he directed Perfect ArrangementAngry Fags (Steppenwolf Garage), Songs from an Unmade Bed (Jeff nomination), and (co-directing) PRISCILLA, Queen of the DesertOther directing credits include The View Upstairs (Circle Theatre), Three Days of Rain (Boho), Miracle! by Dan Savage, Skooby Don't (Hell in a Handbag), and HOT PINK (New American Folk Theatre)Choreography credits include The CiviliTy of Albert Cashier and BITE (PFP), all Black Button Eyes productions, and Salonathon. He was named one of Windy City Times 30 Under 30, recognizing Chicago's LGBTQ+ community.   

    What are your wishes for 2019??

    1. For Glenn Close, Olivia Colman, and Lady Gaga to tie for the Best Actress Oscar.

    2. World Peace.

    3. For years, I've tried to communicate with birds. Like a Disney princess. My hope for 2019 is to have more than just a passing word, but an in-depth conversation.

    4. Less talking, more listening.

  • Karen Clanton @ Steppenwolf!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to kick of 2019 with a return to Steppenwolf as part of their LookOut Series -- a performance series that presents the work of artists and companies across genre and form. We're delighted to welcome Karen Clanton to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Karen here and get your tickets!

    Karen Clanton is an attorney whose law degree did not stifle the English major lurking within.  She has forged a career as a writer in the legal profession, where she develops internal communications strategy for a major law firm.  She has also led editorial projects focused on Diversity & Inclusion for both the American Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association. She is a single mom living on the South Side of Chicago chronicling her adventures through stories that can be heard at open mics on the city’s live lit scene.  

    What are your wishes for 2019??

    (1)    I wish … to complete an oral history of my mother.  She is in her mid-80s and a treasure trove of great stories and perspective that would benefit our family.  I’ve begun interviewing her about her life and recording it.  In 2019, I would like to make this project an ongoing conversation because her initial answers opened doors to many more questions.

    (2)    I wish … my 8 year old wouldn’t be naughty at school.  I wish to never receive a phone call from an exasperated teacher again.

    (3)    I wish … to pamper myself more in 2019.

    Karen is sharing a story with us at Steppenwolf Saturday, February 2.

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  • Archy Jamjun @ Steppenwolf!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to kick of 2019 with a return to Steppenwolf as part of their LookOut Series -- a performance series that presents the work of artists and companies across genre and form. We're delighted to welcome Archy Jamjun to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Archy here and get your tickets!

    Archy Jamjun is a suburban boy living out his dreams in the big city. He is a two-time Moth GrandSLAM champ whose writing can be found in The Rumpus and Barrel House and a server whose cat treats him like a feeding machine who loves to sift litter and clean vomit from area rugs. He recently debuted his solo show, "A Boy & A Diva" and is looking for other places to stage it. Help him.

    What are your wishes for 2019??

    1. To perform in a drag competition: I am writing this down and letting you say this out loud because I hate myself but also I only have so many years left until this is weird and impractical.

    2. For RuPaul to host the Oscars: In light of Kevin Hart, this is self explanatory 

    3. To watch R. Kelly go to jail: I just watched Surviving R. Kelly and I'm pretty sure this kind of justice will reverse climate change.

    Archy is sharing a story with us at Steppenwolf Friday, February 1.

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  • Rebecca Makkai @ Steppenwolf!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to kick of 2019 with a return to Steppenwolf as part of their LookOut Series -- a performance series that presents the work of artists and companies across genre and form. We're delighted to welcome Rebecca Makkai to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Rebecca here and get your tickets!

    Rebecca Makkai is a fiction writer who does occasional live lit so her inner high school theater geek never dies. She has three novels, National Book Award Finalist The Great Believers, plus The Borrower and The Hundred-Year House, and a story collection, Music for Wartime. The story collection was printed on special paper made from that one tree that fell in the woods when no one was there to hear it. She teaches at Northwestern University and StoryStudio Chicago, and she lives on the North Shore, where she enjoys alarming all the Republicans.

    What are your wishes for 2019??
    Massages declared a medical expense
    Twitter lets you block all sports tweets
    Post-impeachment cocktails for all

  • Rosamund Lannin @ Steppenwolf!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to kick of 2019 with a return to Steppenwolf as part of their LookOut Series -- a performance series that presents the work of artists and companies across genre and form. We're delighted to welcome Rosamund Lanin to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Rosamund here and get your tickets!

    The product of nine years in San Francisco and eight years in St. Paul, Rosamund Lannin is pleasantly surprised to have lived in Chicago for over a decade. During that time, she has published essays about feelings, food, and pop culture, performed stories around the city, and consumed many carne asada burritos. You can find her most places on the Internet @rosamund, or riding her bike around the northwest side.

    What are your wishes for 2019??

    1. That the country moves in an increasingly progressive direction, ousting Trump from office and fighting back against forces of xenophobia, misogyny, and anti-enviromentalism. In the words of my punk rock uncle Henry Rollins, "This is not a time to be dismayed. This is punk rock time. You can be thunderous in your own life." 

    2. Perfect a winged cateye.

    3. Something small and massive and health-related. It would spoil my story if I told you, so now you have to come see me perform. Psych!

  • Anne Purky @ Steppenwolf!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to kick of 2019 with a return to Steppenwolf as part of their LookOut Series -- a performance series that presents the work of artists and companies across genre and form. We're delighted to welcome Anne Purky to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Anne here and get your tickets!

    Anne Purky has burst on the storytelling scene talking about the dark side of a privileged upbringing, stirring up trouble on the North Shore and being a renegade mom of an astonishing differently abled daughter.She studied film & writing at Northwestern and the School of the Art Institute.She is active in politics, disability rights, and advocates for the homeless with PADS in Waukegan & Zion. Anne’s performed at Story Jam, Chicago Dramatists, Truth Be Told, Beast Women, Ragdale, Story Lab, Pour One Out and others.She resides in Lake Forest where she chronicles entitlement with raucous glee!

    What are your wishes for 2019???

    1. To go from a size 16 to a size zero while still eating mac & cheese and candy. I've been to Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers and an expensive intuitive nutritionist in flowing new age clothing all with no lasting results. 

    2. To not hit the side of the garage with my new car. With my last car I destroyed several side mirrors and scratched the side repeatedly which led to me begging a car wash guy to buff out the scratches so my husband wouldn't find out.

    3. Finding a four year college that will showcase my daughters talents as a writer and performer.   

    Anne is sharing a story with us at Steppenwolf Sunday, February 3.

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  • Ashlee Hardgrave @ Steppenwolf!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to kick of 2019 with a return to Steppenwolf as part of their LookOut Series -- a performance series that presents the work of artists and companies across genre and form. We're delighted to welcome Ashlee Hardgrave to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Ashlee here and get your tickets!

    Ashlee Hardgrave is a musician, writer, cat mom, recovering arts school administrator, and current law school administrator (same issues, less clarinet and dance majors). She has subjected her friends, family, and social media to her storytelling for years, so she's thrilled to be making her maiden voyage on the YBR stage, in a nice, structured environment where the audience will laugh at her for all the right reasons. 

    Ashlee trained as a classical musician, and has spent the last fifteen years making art on her own terms. You'll find her singing ditties with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chorus, performing in churches for various divinities, writing scripts for the Chicago Gay Men's Chorus, lobbying for equity and access in arts education, premiering new musicals and orchestral works, and managing her own vocal ensemble, Vox 3 Collective. When she's not working, she's telling stories about her life that begin with "I can't make this sh*t up," so again, it's good that she's here.

    What are your wishes for 2019??

    1) Wish for my loved ones: that they spend the year content, healthy, and in blissfully uneventful situations. After a somewhat chaotic few years, peaceful boredom would be a blessing. Also good beer.

    2) Wish for myself: to be mindful of my worth and limits simultaneously, and fight for them. Also good beer. 

    3) Wish for the world: that we discover the secret to eternal health, then kidnap Ruth Bader Ginsburg, feed it to her, and pray. While drinking good beer.

  • Jennifer Peepas @ Steppenwolf!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to kick of 2019 with a return to Steppenwolf as part of their LookOut Series -- a performance series that presents the work of artists and companies across genre and form. We're delighted to welcome Jennifer Peepas to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Jennnifer here and get your tickets!

    Jennifer Peepas writes an internet advice column at CaptainAwkward.com.

    What are your three wishes for 2019??
    I'm trying to stay lighthearted and not make everything about politics and depression but a swift and peaceful end to this national Fascism nightmare is literally my only wish.

  • Jennie Ellman @ Steppenwolf!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to kick of 2019 with a return to Steppenwolf as part of their LookOut Series -- a performance series that presents the work of artists and companies across genre and form. We're delighted to welcome Jennie Ellman to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Jennie here and get your tickets!

    Jennie Ellman actually hung some non-custom-framed art on her walls in her apartment so she's fleetingly feeling like she's on top of things.  She enjoys going to concerts and baking pies.  Jennie has told stories for You're Being Ridiculous, Matter Dance, Write Club, Story Club, and others. She does not have any published works and that is currently not one of her goals but that could always change.

    What are your three wishes for 2019??

    1. I wish to see an average of a musical artist or band per week.  That's 52 bands.  This is because I was sitting in a work meeting and couldn't think of New Year's Resolution so I had that as my answer while not realizing that we were going to have recurring meetings with check-ins on progress.  I've currently seen five - three at the Paper Machete and two different musical performance acts while waiting for the Red Line. Please help. 

    2. I wish for my streak of not being in a trending meme involuntarily continues. 

    3. I wish for more happy times with my family and friends. 

  • Adrienne Gunn @ Steppenwolf!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to kick of 2019 with a return to Steppenwolf as part of their LookOut Series -- a performance series that presents the work of artists and companies across genre and form. We're delighted to welcome Adrienne Gunn to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Adrienne here and get your tickets!

    Adrienne Gunn is a writer and humorist based in Chicago. She received an MFA in creative writing from the University of Oregon and her work has appeared in McSweeney's, TriQuarterly, PANK, and Chicago Magazine. Visit her at www.adriennegunn.com.

    What are your wishes for 2019??
    My wishes are: World peace, to stop reading social media, and to meet Stanley Tucci.

  • Jacoby Cochran @ Steppenwolf!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to kick of 2019 with a return to Steppenwolf as part of their LookOut Series -- a performance series that presents the work of artists and companies across genre and form. We're delighted to welcome Jacoby Cochran to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Jacoby here and get your tickets!

    What's good, my name is Jacoby Cochran. When asked to describe myself the first thing out of my mouth is that I'm born and raised on the Southside of Chicago. Between moving a dozen times as a kid and performing hundreds more as an adult I have walked the streets of almost every neighborhood in this city. Events like Grown Folks Stories, Redefining Black at the MCA, & host of The Moth Live have allowed me to humbly share myself with this city and for that I am grateful. 

    I am excited to be back at YBR because collaborating and working with amazingly talented individuals is my lifeblood and I love journeying with you all through often improvised stories blending humor, heartbreak, and the intersectional musings of a nihilist black dude from Chicago.

    Inspired by my mentors and coaches that helped me to become the only four time top speaker in America, publish a thesis dedicated to my home, and travel the world performing, I am grateful to split my time between the stage and the classroom. Currently I teach at the City Colleges, DePaul, and Cook County Jail.

    What are your wishes for 2019??

    1. Travel to another country: I hope to return to South America this year! 

    2. Skydive: I'd love to jump out of a plane at some point in 2019.

    3. For folks to stop stanning predators, abusers, faux heroes, dbags, and skallywags.

  • Vincent Francone @ Steppenwolf!

    You're Being Ridiculous is super excited to kick of 2019 with a return to Steppenwolf as part of their LookOut Series -- a performance series that presents the work of artists and companies across genre and form. We're delighted to welcome Vincent Francone to YBR to share a story with us ... learn a little about Vince here and get your tickets!

    Vincent Francone is the author of Like a Dog and the forthcoming essay collection, The Soft Lunacy (March 2019). His work has appeared in Rain Taxi, Rhino, New City, Three Percent, and other web and print journals. He teaches at Roosevelt University when not hosting the podcast, Drinking and Talking. Visit his website at  www.vincentfrancone.com 

    What are your three wishes for 2019??

    1) Temporary internet blackout. I love the internet. Except when I don’t. I love what it offers me. That is, when it’s not offering me empty distractions and shallow ego-validation. So I’m hoping there will be internet blackouts timed so as not to disrupt the positives—connection with friends and family, opportunities for self-promotion (hello!), and endless access to information—that will free me from the negatives (90% of the things one does online).

    2) Reason, sanity, and compassion. Because these appeared to be in short supply in 2018.

    3) Uninterrupted time. Preferably spent in my recliner with a book and glass of wine. And my dog.