Essays. Personal narratives. Creative nonfiction. Call it what you want, I love the form. At its best it is the art of discovery, an exploration into the subjectivity of truth. Fact is to journalism what truth is to creative nonfiction. It is not a statement as much as a suggestion.
Essays and other nonfiction have been published in New York Times, Chicago Tribune, HLNtv, Huffington Post, Hypertext Magazine, Good Men Project, broadcast on WBEZ's 848, performed live at 2nd Story, RUI: Reading Under the Influence, and other reading series.
Radio & Podcasts
Blindspot (Reading Out Loud)
Reading Out Loud collective performs Robert Duffer's short story "Blindspot" season 3, episode 10.
Passing the Cubs Torch...Or Not (Eight Forty-Eight)
Writer Robert Duffer hopes he can keep his son from falling into the trap of Cubs fandom.
Reflections on the Credit Crunch (Eight Forty-Eight)
The credit crunch bringing down investment banks and mortgage companies can be traced to a lot of bad loans. But not everyone got in on the largesse.
Anniversary of the Smoking Ban (Eight Forty-Eight)
Bartender Robert Duffer comments on what work life is like one year after the smoking ban.
On Gentrification (Eight Forty-Eight)
Essay on the pros of gentrification in Uptown and Albany Park neighborhoods. This has not been archived on WBEZ's site.
Interview (This Podcast Will Change Your Life)
Ben Tanzer interviews Robert Duffer over falafel on Jeweler's Row at The Oasis Cafe.
Interview (You, Me, Them, Everybody!)
Brandon Weatherbee interviews Robert Duffer at the Printers Ball afterparty.