The inimitable, hilarious, gloriously profane Chicago Gluttons are the subject of this weeks’ NewCity cover story, penned by none other than Michael Nagrant. Described variously as “the bastard Internet writing stepchildren of Richard Pryor, Chris Rock and Sarah Silverman” and “the progeny of an orgiastic gang-bang between the shock jock Howard Stern, Vogue’s curmudgeon critic Jeffrey Steingarten, sensualist storytellers like Ruth Reichl and MFK Fisher, and a smart beefin’ rapper like Jay-Z,” the Gluttons get the full treatment. Nagrant talks to virtually all of the Gluttons (who have real names! And jobs and lives outside of the blog!), getting the story of what inspires them to write like this, and what inspires them to write at all.
To balance out the story, Nagrant also gets the opinions of the sorts of writers and critics whose styles the Gluttons skewer (some intentionally, some indirectly): LTHForum founder Gary Wiviott thinks they’re trying too hard, Chicagoist food editor Chuck Sudo thinks we could learn a lot from them, and their declared mortal enemy Steve Dolinsky wants nothing to do with it. (Yes, there’s a quote in there from us, too, but we’re not feeling all self-promotion-y right now). It’s worth a full read. [NewCity Resto]