“Goddess of the train” arrested after yelling at and slapping passengers. This cruel goddess, and a host of other characters seen on Chicago’s public transit are featured in the posted People of the CTA blog.
NOTE to out-of-towners, the Ventra references relate to Chicago’s glitch-filled roll out of a new transit debit card system that is supposed to replace the old fare cards.
The defunct BASEMENT WRITERS COOPERATIVE is reforming to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the BASEMENT newspaper. Since members of the cooperative maintained anonymity, there is no way to know which of the notorious writer-editors are participating.
After a yearlong guerrilla broadsheet and punk rock benefit keg party campaign, BASEMENT first appeared in Carbondale, IL on April 1, 1989 as an 8 page newspaper tabloid. A second issue on May 1, 1989 announced the death of BASEMENT, though it appeared a year later as an insert section in the alternative SATYAGRAHA newspaper.
Up until 1994, BASEMENT randomly reappeared as an independent tabloid newspaper, but then suddenly disappeared on the eve of the expected arrival of issue #10. Former commissioner of the BWC, Adnon Kitkuda, has repeatedly claimed during the ensuing decade that there was a contractual obligation and a deathbed request for another issue and that publication is imminent, however, no evidence of a 10th issue in production has surfaced until a cryptic announcement on the Chicago Daily Fuse.