So the Chicago Reader is letting me do infrequent pieces for their online feature "The Contrarian."
My first one was about the death of Justice Scalia. Nobody gave a rat's ass.
My most recent one was about an overrated hot dog place.
Response has prompted my playwright pal Mark Chrisler to observe: "This is the piece that will make you the Salman Rushdie of Cook County."
Another playwright pal, Bilal Dardai had this to say: "Ian Belknap: The Captive-Bolt Gun for All of Your Sacred Cows." Which may be the highest goddamn praise I've ever received. Whatever his intentions may have been.
Dummies take it as an attack on Doug Sohn, or on hot dogs generally. Which it is not. It's about hype, dummies, and your susceptibility to it.