Early Royko: Up Against It in Chicago

Overview

Early Royko restores to print the earliest writings of the legendary columnist Jimmy Breslin called “the best journalist of his time.” Here, Royko chronicles 1960s Chicago with the moral vision, irony, and razor-sharp voice that would remain his trademark.

The columns in this collection range from witty social commentary to politically astute satire, from falling-down funny to tenderly nostalgic, but all display Royko's unrivaled skill at using humor to tell truth to power. As ...

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Overview

Early Royko restores to print the earliest writings of the legendary columnist Jimmy Breslin called “the best journalist of his time.” Here, Royko chronicles 1960s Chicago with the moral vision, irony, and razor-sharp voice that would remain his trademark.

The columns in this collection range from witty social commentary to politically astute satire, from falling-down funny to tenderly nostalgic, but all display Royko's unrivaled skill at using humor to tell truth to power. As Rick Kogan writes in his new foreword, Early Royko “will remind us how a remarkable relationship began—Chicago and Royko, Royko and Chicago—and how it endures.”

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Illinois History
[These] columns show that Royko, undeniably a talented writer eve
— Richard Junger
Journal of Illinois History - Richard Junger
“[These] columns show that Royko, undeniably a talented writer even if he never graduated from high school, was first and foremost a born narrative storyteller. . . . Like missing teeth, ears, fingers, and legs, Chicago and Chicago journalism remain the less for the passing of Mike Royko.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226730776
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2010
  • Pages: 214
  • Sales rank: 992,958
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Royko (1932–97) worked as a daily columnist for the Chicago Daily News, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the Chicago Tribune. His Pulitzer Prize–winning columns were syndicated in more than six hundred newspapers across the country. He is the author of Boss: Richard J. Daley of Chicago, One More Time: The Best of Mike Royko, and For the Love of Mike: More of the Best of Mike Royko, the latter two published by the University of Chicago Press.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Rick Kogan ix

I May Be Wrong, But I Doubt It

The Holiday Spirits of Mrs. Tooze 3

Good Teen-Ager a Pain 6

A Sacrifice to Antipoverty Gods 9

Bugs in the Bug 13

Supreme Injustice 16

No Offense, But … 19

The Fine Art of Elevator-Riding 22

A Nonconformist Nonconfrontation 25

Down the Alley of Life 28

The Good Life

Wow! What an Ear for Music 33

With Self-Confidence and Dinner 36

The Chocolate-covered Ants Did It 39

The Overtrained Computer 42

The Pursuit of Leisure 45

People I Have Known, or Heard of, or Imagined

Dutch Louie 51

Surefooted Mrs. Peak 54

Split-Level King of the Playboys 57

A Flaw in the Gray Flannel 60

Patriotic Pat Swings Again 63

Big Whitey's Way 66

Unbucklable Joey 69

“It Takes Brains” 72

The New Rumble in Teen Sociology 75

Folk Hero of the Future 78

Politics, Chicago Style

The Sidewalk Fraternity 83

The Despres Stomp 86

The Ups and Downs of Frankie 89

Tree-Breaking Ceremony 92

A New Era in the Study of Literature 95

Rogues' Gallery

The “Hit” Parade 101

Murray the Talent Scout 104

Most Likely to Succeed 107

Pillars of the Community 110

Not With a “Bang” But a “Click” 113

Hoods on Beam 116

Mob Stacks the Deck on Vice Squad 118

Almost as Good as a Solution 121

Some Token of Appreciation 124

The Saga of Peanuts Panczko 127

Bomb Investigators Keep Their Cool 130

Minority Report

Outside Influences 135

A Bizarre Experiment 138

Brotherhood Week 142

Of the People, By the People 145

Your Move, Dr. King 148

A Gas of a Demonstration 151

Mink Now! 154

It Seems Like Only Yesterday 157

This Sporting Life

Priceless Baseball Interviews 163

Crime of the Century Mere Child's Play 166

One Man's Solution to Those Miserable Mashieless Months 169

Another Smashing Victory for Gordie 172

Mutt of the Year 175

Paragons of Perseverance 178

All for Love

Constructive Chaos 183

The Love Song of Old Giovanni 185

Shocking Research Old News 188

Shot Down by Love 190

The Kiss 193

Sidestreets

But Not Forgotten 199

The Young Man and the Sea 202

Social Coup of the Year 205

Old-Time Butcher Shop Gets the Ax 208

The Great (Skid Row) Society 211

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