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.

The Ringer
Into the Tubi-Verse

The growing popularity of a free streaming service with a wonky algorithm and a library that's both massive and confounding may shed some light on what exactly viewers want from their TV experience

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 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.

'Euphoria' is 'Yellowstone' for Zoomers

Between the seams of Euphoria's ragged deconstruction of tragically misunderstood young people are Levinson's efforts to make his own adult showrunner self one of these touchstones of empathy. "Some people need to get their feelings hurt sometimes," soft-hearted drug dealer Fez tells good-girl Lexi, defending her savage dramatic representations of friends in the play.

Chicago Reader
Movie Reviews at Chicago Reader

Everyone is delightfully lost in a softly Lovecraftian Osmosis Jones labyrinth with climate change overtones and lovely faceless critters everywhere, trying to pantomime meaning to these stumbling humans.

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.