About Paige Wiser
I'm a free-lance writer, editor, critic, commentator, muse -- so many talents, so little time. I also have an encyclopedic knowledge of celebrities' baby names. Does that sound braggy?
You can find my writing in Michigan Avenue magazine and its sister publications, Capitol File and L.A. Confidential. I've written cover stories on celebrities ranging from Rosie O'Donnell to Jenny McCarthy, as well as pop-culture essays that defy categorization.
I've also worked as the movie critic on ABC-7's "Windy City Live" with partner David Plummer, as a regular contributor on WGN radio, as a director of communications, as a desktop publisher, as an office temp, and in my teens I sold shoes at the Shop for Pappagallo in Woodfield Mall. Happiest I've ever been.
I have two kids, ages 13 and 11, and have served as the deputy room mom in charge of caramel fondue at a class Halloween party. Volunteering at school is not for the faint-hearted.
Over 17 years starting in the '90s, I served as intern, editor, reporter, critic, and columnist at the Chicago Sun-Times. Regular columns included "Planet Paige," in which I wrote about the quirkier side of the news; "Camera Obscura," which celebrated B movies; and "BioFeedback," which distilled celebrity biographies.
I earned my bachelor's degree at Notre Dame and my master's at Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism. I'm thinking of putting "philosopher/adventuress" on my business cards.
Category Archives: Books
Who us, wholesome? As the new book Gold Coast Madam attests, Chicagoans are not that innocent
From the 2012-13 Winter issue of Michigan Avenue magazine
By Paige Wiser
To the rest of the country, Chicago – sexually speaking — is about as wholesome as it gets.
We’re better known for our colorful corruption. For fixing World Series games, say, and raffling off Senate seats. When Republican Jack Ryan finally came through with a real sex scandal, it turned out to be with his own wife, for God’s sake.
I read Allison Pearson’s book recently, when I was in the thick of my own work-life balance crisis. I was exhausted from erratic hours, feeling guilty that I wasn’t with my kids when I was working, feeling guilty that I wasn’t working when I was with my kids, and dehydrated in an effort to cut back on bathroom breaks. I consumed the book in a frenzy, eager to get to the end to find out what the answer was. Heroine Kate Reddy had it all: kids, career, romance. So how did she do it?