This past Wednesday the Harrison Pulse Staff took their annual field trip to the Chicago Sun Times in downtown Chicago. Whilst there they met up with renowned columnist and author Neil Steinberg. Steinberg talked on his past, the current state of the journalism industry, and where he might be going in the future.
Steinberg, author of lavishly talked of book, You Were Never in Chicago, a book about an outsider's view of Chicago, discussed his life and how he made his way into Chicago culture and politics. He discussed how not living directly in the city gave a unique vantage point on the goings-on of Chicago without being a native. The book has been ranked #12 on Amazons best Midwest Biography & Memoirs List.
"Steinberg revels in the unusual, the underground, the unique, sharing stories about a Chicago that most readers—even many locals—would usually overlook." "In this wonderful book, Sternberg weaves a poetic mosaic of his life and the life of Chicago-past, present, real, imagined. Like many of its citizens, he came here from elsewhere, drawn by its brawny allure. He lives in Chicago and Chicago lives in hime."
- (Chicago Book Review)
"In this wonderful book, Sternberg weaves a poetic mosaic of his life and the life of Chicago-past, present, real, imagined. Like many of its citizens, he came here from elsewhere, drawn by its brawny allure. He lives in Chicago and Chicago lives in hime."
- (Roger Ebert)
Whilst in Chicago we were fortunate enough to sit in on a political discussion regarding Chicago's Judy Topinka's passing. Neil was asked to discuss her death given the fact that he arose early that Wednesday of her passing to write her obituary. The show was broadcasted over the internet.
To close up the tour Sternberg brought us to his office (which has been downsized along with the entire company) to further discuss how the journalism and reporting industry mediums have changed and how it has affected him and his job. If you'd like, you can follow Steinberg on his blog Every Goddamn Day by clicking the link. You can also follow him on Twitter which he is active here.