John Wilmes

Writer and Professor

I write and teach in Chicago. E-mail me about writing opportunities at [email protected] or follow me on Twitter at @johnwilmeswords. My book JAD'S DAD MILO is now available from Mouse House Books.

Mouse House Books
Jad's Dad Milo - Mouse House Books

Narrator Bert Britwell, his boss Milo, and Milo's son Jad star in a dark and funny tale of corporate plotting and daddy issues that hinges on an office sub-kitchen scheme and the re-creation of a deceased father's magical, weightless tap dancing.

The Ringer
Captain America's Strange, Time-Hopping Quest for Sexual Enlightenment

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier hardly know each other yet. They are acquaintances who will be suddenly made into partners. Fate, as it's surely done to all of us before, brings these two guys together because they were both best friends with a different, third guy, at very different times.

Escape from Mayor McCheese Prison - Mutable

John Wilmes In my thirty-first year, what I looked forward to more than anything were my walks. My wife did not know about them. On these walks, I would get McDonald's-often a shameful amount, double-digit McNuggets and multiple sandwiches. I would take laps around the neighborhood and, while walki

The Outline
How Hollywood stole 'The Grinch'

Right before 2018's The Grinch starts, its viewers must reckon with a Minion. Before you can get to Dr. Seuss's famous character, several byzantine degrees removed from his source material, the little pill-shaped yellow creature turns on the Illumination Studios lights as part of a studio intro, and laughs maniacally.

A Hunger Strike on Chicago's Southeast Side

In 2019, the City of Chicago gifted the real estate development firm Sterling Bay $1.3 billion to build infrastructure for future residents in a postindustrial region about two miles north of its business hub downtown. The giveaway was standard fare for the city, offering up huge amounts of money to an already wealthy and powerful developer.

The Outline
Charlie Sheen invented never logging off

"To this day I'm not sure how I created such chaos and wound up in that headspace," Charlie Sheen said in an interview this past April, reflecting on his infamous 2011 meltdown. "It's as though there were some alien or demonic possession going on," he continued, evoking a kind of eldritch, body-invading nemesis in remembrance of his old months-long televised bender.

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