I had to take a taxi tonight and had the unexpected good fortune to hail Jack Clark, a Chicago writer and cabdriver, who made me a gift of one of his books. Mr. Clark used to write for the Chicago Reader, one of my favorite publications since the 1970s, and has published a number of books, some of which have garnered high praise and even at least one award. I was unfamiliar with Mr. Clark or his work, though it seems likely I read some of his Reader articles back in the day, but we had a great conversation about the business of writing on the short trip to the train station. He writes crime fiction set in Chicago and covered trials for the Reader. The book he gave me is “On The Home Front,” his mother’s stories of growing up in Chicago in the last century. I’m looking forward to reading it! It was a great pleasure to meet Mr. Clark.