It's a periodic tradition for the New York Times to print something completely out of touch about Chicago, Detroit or the Midwest in general. Last year it was a travel piece written by a dim-witted bimbo. This year it was Rachel Shteir's turn. Shteir established her credibility on all maters related to Chicago by declaring in 2010 that Rahm Emanuel would never be mayor because the city wouldn't elect a Jew... yeah.
In the Sunday Book Review Stheir prefaced her limited comments on the three books she supposedly read by bashing Chicago with the great enthusiasm. As you can imagine, Chicago's local media has not taken kindly. Shteir claims to have lived here for 13 years but displays a level of insight about our City that I would expect from someone who's only seen Chicago through a layover at O'hare. Perhaps she spends her weekends in New York.
Not Quite Detroit - Chicago as Described by the New York Times Book Critic (The Reader)
Chicago- based New York Times Book Critic Doesn't Get Chicago (The Chicagoist)
Where Are Chicago's women writers? - Right Here (Claire Zulkey, WBEZ)
Keep Your Head up - you're a Chicagoan (Neil Steinberg, The Sun Times)
Why does Chicago care about New York Times' Dope Slap (Bill Savage, Crain's)
Rahm Dismisses, Disses Rachel Shteir's Caustic New York Times Review (DNA Info)
The Morning Shift (WBEZ)
Everything you need to know about why Chicago is Furious with Rachel Shteir and the New York Times (Atlantic Cities)