Neil Steinberg biography

Neil Steinberg began writing for the Chicago Sun-Times in 1984, and joined the staff in 1987 as a feature writer.

He became a columnist in …

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Steinberg: Birds, squirrels and the Israeli-Palestinian problem

Palestinians could have their state, but not the state they want, and Israelis could allow the Palestinians back into their country, but then it wouldn’t be a Jewish country. Plus there’s no reason to think Palestinians would give up the killing that has been their central mode of self-expression. The solution, therefore, clearly is ... umm.

Steinberg: Welcome to Chicago, Archbishop Cupich, but beware the soup

No sooner was the first Catholic church built in Chicago, however, than the minister of the first Protestant church, Jeremiah Porter, knelt outside and prayed for its downfall. A reminder that, as Catholic a town as this is, there has always been hostility.

Steinberg: Thoughts inspired by Kim Kardashian’s ample, um, assets

The book I pulled off my shelf Friday — easily, without searching, I happily noted — was “The Rear View: A Brief and Elegant History of Bottoms Through the Ages,” by Jean-Luc Hennig, a new chapter of which was written last week when a photo of the huge, oiled naked rump of Kim Kardashian roiled the Internet.

Steinberg: This Gandhi learned pacifism at the master’s feet

Twelve is a tough age, and many a struggling preteen has been shipped off to relatives to help him adjust to this whirling ball of woe we call a world. In Arun’s case, two things made his relocation unusual. First, the relative he was sent …

Steinberg: ‘Summertime’ is here, and ‘Porgy and Bess’ tickets await

I’m extra pleased to announce the 7th annual Sun-Times Goes to the Lyric Contest. Readers started asking about it last week, when I dropped in on a rehearsal of “Porgy and Bess,” which 100 readers will attend Dec. 8.

  • Steinberg: Love, life in war live on in a soldier’s letters

    Tuesday is Veterans Day, when we honor the soldiers, sailors, Marines and other military men and women who serve and have served our country. Recalling such an enormous group is impossible. It’s hard enough to remember just one person, such as Pvt. Gail O. Woodman, who grew up in Evergreen Park and volunteered for the Army in 1917. We hear his voice today only because he wrote letters to a certain special young woman.

  • Steinberg: Behold the ‘Lost Alp,’ aka the Lucas ‘Star Wars’ museum

    My immediate, visceral reaction to Chinese architect Ma Yansong’s design for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, planned for the lakefront, was to sigh, then shake my head in bewildered sorrow.

  • Steinberg: Hey GOP, have fun and give the keys back in ’16

    Honestly? The big Republican win Tuesday night didn’t bother me much. I’m not sure why. Cynicism triumphant, perhaps.

  • Steinberg: Divvy bike workers ready to roll with a union

    The great thing about Divvy bikes is they’re always there, scattered around downtown, ready to go. Pop in your key, pull out a bike, go for a spin, never thinking that someone has to move the bikes from jammed stations to empty ones, someone has to fix them when they break, someone has to shovel the stations in winter.

    Steinberg: Black or white, Lyric’s ‘Porgy and Bess’ is our history

    “Porgy and Bess” is all too current. It’s hard to watch the residents of Catfish Row being imbued with the fear that Jim Crow demanded and not think of Ferguson, Missouri, and the unresolved racial issues that still simmer under the skin of America.

    Steinberg: IRS’ blithe seizure of assets should terrify us

    The far right — and here they join hands, ironically, with the far left — owns fear of government. To them, the U.S. government is a terrifying enemy, an occupying force. But I felt the fear myself this week about the IRS.

    Steinberg: Rowing, ‘a beautiful sport,’ in Chicago

    Rowing was once what fishermen did to get to their nets. Then it became a competition, then a recreation, and now it’s an amalgam: part aerobic exercise, part leisure pastime, part blood sport.

    Steinberg: Dylan Thomas at 100 ‘still one of the boys’

    Dylan Thomas, whose 100th birthday is Monday, made some memorable appearances in Chicago on his way to becoming among the best-known poets of the 20th century.

    Divvy service center sets bikes back on right path: Steinberg

    Chicago’s temperature swings take a toll on Divvys, as do graffiti artists, malicious persons, potholes, and regular wear and tear of having Chicago’s collective hot dog-larded backside repeatedly plopped down upon the bikes.

    Steinberg: Vote for ... oh heck, whomever you please

    A number of readers apparently feel I run the newspaper, or at least am an important and valued member of the top editorial team, plugged into all decisions as they are being made, sitting in the Inner Sanctum, wherever that may be, peering out beneath …

    Vile foes of feminist game critic miss mark

    We can assume that the men threatening to rape and murder Anita Sarkeesian were not doing so because they wanted to disseminate her observations about sexism in the video gaming world to as wide an audience as possible. But that is what is happening.

    Steinberg: Ebola is here, and we’re all gonna die (but not from Ebola)

    Is it too early for the Ebola post-mortem? I don’t think so. While there are still a few weeks of frenzy left in the mania, you gathered here in this quiet corner of the media have my permission to exhale a collective sigh of relief.