Jessica Hopper

Jessica Hopper is a Chicago-based critic whose work regularly appears in the Chicago Reader, the Chicago Tribune and the LA Weekly. She is also picks the music for public radio's "This American Life." Her book, The Girls' Guide To Rocking, is due out in June.

Bruce Springsteen's lost album reveals the young musician rejecting easy pop in favor of asking impossibly big questions about life and liberty in America. Read more


Critics of the first volume of Susan Sontag's journals have found her ambition outsized and formidable. Is that really because she mixed intellectual ambition with motherhood? Read more