Chicago strikes me as the quintessential American city, for good and bad by the way. I love New York, but to me that’s not an American city, that’s much more of a world city.
-Doug Sohn, recorded by Sarah Collins, “What Hot Doug’s taught Doug Sohn about Chicagoans”, Chicago Sun Times
Today marks the closing of Hot Doug’s, a hot dog joint in Chicago of national acclaim. I have been following the ramp up to the closing day because each day the lines got longer. My parents live about two blocks away from the restaurant and the line would often pass their house. From my dad just an hour ago:
“And people camped out overnight in the rain to get a sausage today. It was a 12 hour wait last weekend! Crazy!”
Yes, that is crazy! However, I think it speaks to two things: just how good the sausages are and the overall popularity that Hot Doug’s has achieved while in business for the last eleven years. There is even a documentary being filmed about the store’s success!
More importantly, and the reason why I wanted to link to this article, Doug Sohn seems to get Chicago in a way that very few people who have not lived there and loved it can. Aside from the above-quoted item, I will leave you with my actual favorite quote, but the article is short, so just go read the whole thing.
But there is, there does seem to be this real bond, this common trait running through people who are from here or who have lived here for a stretch or have a desire to live here.
Note: I am linking to an Instapaper Text version of the article because the Chicago Sun Times website was giving my a seizure from scrolling stutter and yes, this is the 21st century.
(via retweet by Mr. Lee Russel)
UPDATE: Another great article about Hot Doug’s comes from Crain’s Chicago Business.
(via Daring Fireball)
Did the Internet community peak at bookmarks? Asked in a different and perhaps more complete way: just as technologies like RSS and email in their purest forms are hard to beat even as technology marches forward, what better technology exists to keep track of information on the ever-expanding Internet than bookmarks? Taken a step further, what better way to share the bookmarked information than a site of your own? As such, I‘ve been reading, which is why I write now.
Working in and having a passion for libraries, I am struck by the fact that the way bookmarks work in the physical world is not directly analogous to bookmarks in the digital world. Bookmarks in the digital world are instead like dog-eared pages or highlighted passages; if you think of the Internet as a single tome, that is. In any case, anything that moves you to deface a book should probably be shared or become immortalized in some other way than just a reference for a future version of yourself.