Stop Smiling

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Stop Smiling was an arts and culture magazine founded by J.C. Gabel in the Chicago suburb of Darien, Illinois.[1] He started the magazine at age 19 in 1995.[2] The magazine was published on a bimonthly basis.[3] The headquarters was in both Chicago and New York.[3] Each issue followed a theme and consisted of feature-length interviews, essays and oral histories. With a focus on preservation, Stop Smiling published some of the last in-depth conversations with Kurt Vonnegut, Robert Altman, Lee Hazlewood and George Plimpton. The company ended the magazine in 2009 and became an independently owned imprint of Melville House Publishing.[4]

Stop Smiling runs a storefront event space in Wicker Park, Chicago. Readings and Q&As are regularly broadcast on Chicago Public Radio.


  1. ^ Kurt Vonnegut (27 December 2011). Kurt Vonnegut: The Last Interview: And Other Conversations. Melville House. p. 145. ISBN 978-1-61219-091-4. Retrieved 9 August 2016. 
  2. ^ David Lepeska (19 May 2012). "Jazz Age magazine The Chicagoan returns as media experiment". The National. Retrieved 24 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "The magazine for high-minded lowlifes: Stop Smiling Magazine". Colour Lovers. February 2008. Retrieved 9 August 2016. 
  4. ^ "Stop Smiling Books". Stop Smiling Books. Retrieved 9 August 2016. 

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