Please join us for an offsite event at Haymarket House (800 W. Buena Ave) celebrating the release of Raw Dog: The Naked Truth About Hot Dogs by Jamie Loftus! For this event, Jamie will be in conversation with Jill Hopkins.
Please note: Due to increased demand, this is a ticketed event has been moved to Haymarket House (800 W Buena Ave)! Tickets are required for entry. By purchasing a ticket, you verify that you are vaccinated and will required a mask during the reading portion of the event.
Part travelogue, part culinary history, all capitalist critique—comedian Jamie Loftus's debut, Raw Dog, will take you on a cross-country road trip in the summer of 2021, and reveal what the creation, culture, and class influence of hot dogs says about America now.
Hot dogs. Poor people created them. Rich people found a way to charge fifteen dollars for them. They’re high culture, they’re low culture, they’re sports food, they’re kids' food, they’re hangover food, and they’re deeply American, despite having no basis whatsoever in America's Indigenous traditions. You can love them, you can hate them, but you can’t avoid the great American hot dog.
Raw Dog: The Naked Truth About Hot Dogs is part investigation into the cultural and culinary significance of hot dogs and part travelog documenting a cross-country road trip researching them as they’re served today. From avocado and spice in the West to ass-shattering chili in the East to an entire salad on a slice of meat in Chicago, Loftus, her pets, and her ex eat their way across the country during the strange summer of 2021. It’s a brief window into the year between waves of a plague that the American government has the resources to temper, but not the interest.
So grab a dog, lay out your picnic blanket, and dig into the delicious and inevitable product of centuries of violence, poverty, and ambition, now rolling around at your local 7-Eleven.
JAMIE LOFTUS is a comedian, Emmy-nominated TV writer, and podcaster. She’s worked as a staff writer on Teenage Euthanasia, Robot Chicken, and Star Trek: Lower Decks, and wrote and starred in her own web series for Comedy Central. She writes and hosts popular limited-run podcasts—“My Year In Mensa” (2019), “Lolita Podcast” (2020), “Aack Cast” (2021), and “Ghost Church” (2022)—and cohosts, with screenwriter Caitlin Durante, a podcast on the How Stuff Works Network called “the Bechdel Cast.” She has her baby teeth bronzed and loaded into a slingshot.
Jill Hopkins is the New Media and Civic Events Producer for the Metro venues in Chicago, and the host of the Making Beyoncé, The Opus, and the Have You Met podcasts.J ill is also a comedic essayist, occasional stand up comedian, and pop culture critic. A lifelong bookworm, word nerd, and music lover, she lives to help bring art, culture, and fun to the people of Chicago and beyond. @jillhopkins
Accessibility: This event is currently scheduled to be hosted at the bookstore, which is an accessible space. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Please note, purchasing a copy of RAW DOG from our webstore does not qualify as a ticket for this event. To attend this event, please purchase a ticket at the event above.