Copyright 2018. Aimee Levitt. All rights reserved.

Selected Works

Investigative Reporting

At Profiles Theatre the drama—and abuse—is real (Chicago Reader, June 8, 2016) *
The University of Chicago's message to the class of 2019: Don't be a rapist (Chicago Reader, September 25, 2015)


Gender Issues and Women's Rage

Protest fashion is all the rage (Chicago Reader​, December 6, 2017)

Was The Chicago Dyke March Controversy A Misunderstanding, Or Something Worse? (The Forward​, June 29, 2017)

The future is female. So how do we get there? (Chicago Reader​, March 23, 2017)

Pussy Grabs Back (Chicago Reader, October 20, 2016)


Books

We need the Read/Write Library now more than ever (Chicago Reader, January 11, 2017)

Sonali Dev's Bollywood happily ever afters (Chicago Reader, September 22, 2016)

Kate Bolick's new book surveys the past, present, and future of the unmarried woman 
​(Chicago Reader, May 14, 2015) 
Is Single, Carefree, Mellow Literature or chick lit? (Chicago Reader, February 19, 2015)

The Greatest Ever Chicago Book Tournament (Chicago Reader, started November 19, 2014; concluded April 16, 2015)

Howard Goldblatt's life in translation (Chicago Reader, April 11, 2013)

Band of Bookstores: Facing extinction, indies unite to show us everything they bring to St. Louis that Amazon can't (Riverfront Times, March 17, 2011)

Moonflower Resurrection: Jetta Carlton's long-forgotten bestseller about the secret desires of a Missouri family blooms again (Riverfront Time, May 13, 2009)


Food

How culinary propaganda from a women's magazine made Thanksgiving a thing (The Takeout​, November 20, 2017)

The Paul Kahan Way (Taste​, October 10, 2017)

Enemy Kitchen, a food truck and public art project, serves up hospitality in place of hostility (Chicago Reader, ​October 5, 2017)

Dr. Peanut: A St. Louis pediatrician battles malnutrition in Haiti with peanut butter  (Riverfront Times, June 30, 2010) **

The End of Cooking for My Cat (Riverfront Times, June 22, 2010)


Art

The Electric Pencil: A long-lost cache of sketches by a state mental hospital inmate finally yields up some of its secrets (Riverfront Times, September 14, 2012)


History

The folk-song army's attack on Inside Llewyn Davis (Chicago Reader, January 17, 2014)
Cubs mascots: A dark and tragic history (Chicago Reader, January 15, 2014)
A tale of two minstrel shows (Chicago Reader, December 17, 2013)

The migration of the hipster: A Chicago history, 1898-present (Chicago Reader, October 2, 2013)

Little House in the Present: America's economic downturns run through Laura Ingalls Wilder's books like a big three-hearted river (Riverfront Times, November 24, 2011) ***


People and Dogs

Stanley and Josephine Lyskanowski, the survivors (Chicago Reader, December 11, 2014)

Patti Smith discusses art, remembrance, and detective shows  (Chicago Reader, October 27, 2014)

The twilight of Freddy the Beard (Chicago Reader, April 30, 2014)

Paradiso Blekitna Przystan is the sexiest dog in Chicago (Chicago Reader, March 26, 2014)

What happened when my dog watched DogTV (Chicago Reader, October 9, 2013)

She Flies Through the Air With the Greatest of Ease: Meet St. Louis's Own Elliana Grace, Human Cannonball (Riverfront Times, March 21, 2013)

Moon Lady: The long, wondrous life of Lucia Pamela (Riverfront Times, March 10, 2010)

His Kingdom for a Mini Horse: The equine quest of Sir Kwain of Webster Groves (Riverfront Times, July 23, 2008)


Obsessions and Mysteries

Going beyond bronies at the My Little Pony Fair (Chicago Reader, July 1, 2015)

Heaven Can't Wait: A skeptic's guide to afterlife awareness​ (Riverfront Times, July 11, 2013)

Where You Should've Gone to High School (Riverfront Times, February 16, 2012)

Mount My Squirrel! Local taxidermist Rick Nadeau has a lot of fun with his "little buddies" (Riverfront Times, August 12, 2009)

Death Watch: Final Exit's clandestine ways have put the assisted-suicide network on life support (Riverfront Times, April 8, 2009) ****

The Death of Father Kaiser (Riverfront Times, October 24, 2007)


* Winner, Chicago Headline Club Lisagor Award and AAN Alt-Weekly Award for Arts Feature; third place Poynter Rally Awards, 2016 

​** Winner, National Association of Black Journalists Salute to Excellence, News-International, 2011

​*** Notable, Best American Essays 2012

​**** Notable, ​Best American Nonrequired Reading 2010

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