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Taking It With You: Chicago’s Graceland Cemetery

The first grave visible from the entrance, straight up the main pathway, was an obelisk of at least fifteen feet. Standing atop it, in a patch of sky between two trees, was a statue of a woman with a cross clutched close to the chest.

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“Does that say ‘Villains?'” Eleanor asked. She squinted, attempting to read the name at the base.

“It’s ‘Williams,'” Gwen corrected. “You should start wearing your glasses regularly.”

“I know, I know,” Eleanor said. “I just don’t want to keep carrying them around.”

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Leaving The Unknown: Patrick McHale’s “Over The Garden Wall”

Meet the Hanslick Girls: Gwen, Eleanor and Dania. Created by writer Zach Barr, they are a trio of friends who are always out experiencing the best of entertainment. Be it plays, films, concerts, exhibits, or games, they’ve learned that the arts are best when experienced together. They may not have the same opinions, but their conversations tend to make for an entertaining read. Today, the Girls discuss Cartoon Network’s harvest-season miniseries of ghosts, curses, and thieving horses. Let’s listen in on their conversation…

 

Dania whistled softly as they walked down the street under the moonlight. A lilting melody, just enough to echo off the sides of the buildings as they walked, rising above the crisp crackle of yellowed leaves. Dania aimed her boot towards the largest patches, hoping for the satisfying snap of twigs – as did Gwen, though she’d never mention it.

“What’s that melody?” Gwen asked, after a gap in the leaves let her listen to the song.

“The frog song from Over The Garden Wall,” Dania replied. “I think it’s actually called ‘Over The Garden Wall,’ but you know, the one the frog sings.”

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Bite Size Treats: Andrew Gold’s “Halloween Howls”

Meet the Hanslick Girls: Gwen, Eleanor and Dania. Created by writer Zach Barr, they are a trio of friends who are always out experiencing the best of entertainment. Be it plays, films, concerts, exhibits, or games, they’ve learned that the arts are best when experienced together. They may not have the same opinions, but their conversations tend to make for an entertaining read. Just before Spook-tober ends, the Girls investigate the origin of the Internet’s favorite Halloween anthem. Let’s listen in on their conversation…

 

Spooky, scary, skeletons / speak with such a shriek…

Eleanor hummed as she adjusted the edges of her dress. They had to hang just so, off the shoulder but not too far down the arm. They should float, was the thought. She glanced over herself again in the mirror, adjusted the thin hairband, and grabbed the worn book sitting on her desk.

In the center of the apartment, the scent of pumpkin floated through the air, and she could hear Gwen rummaging in the kitchen. Bats hung from the walls, mini pumpkins crowded the coffee table, and an orange die-cut tabby cat stared down from above the front door.

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