Graham Meyer is a writer, editor, composer, and crossword puzzle constructor based in Chicago. He reviews restaurants for Crain’s Chicago Business and covers classical and new music for Chicago magazine. His music has been performed by Musae and the Princeton Katzenjammers. His puzzles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times and The New York Sun.


The Chicago Sun-Times reported in March that a DePaul graduate student had auctioned off his soul on eBay for $504. In the market for a new soul himself after losing an ill-advised wager made with a “new friend” while watching football at his buddy Faust’s place, The Closer scoured eBay looking for a locally available replacement. No luck, but he did find a small trove of Chicago curiosities that just might tide him over for eternity.

April 15, 2006

The only time The Closer was written by anyone other than Jeff Ruby, which the feeble humor will reveal was probably one time too many.