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  • Critic's Notebook: Under the influence of Hemingway

    Critic's Notebook: Under the influence of Hemingway
    For much of the 1980s, beginning when I was in college, I used to read a Hemingway book a year. The point was not self-improvement but rather a kind of exploration: What was it, exactly, about his writing that I'd missed? I had read "The Sun Also Rises" in high school and had admired its spare portrayal of 1920s expatriate life. But I'd also thought of it as more than a little stilted, even melodramatic in its way.
  • Theatre Y offers imaginative look into outcasts

    Theatre Y offers imaginative look into outcasts
    "Exiles" *** Until this spring, Chicago's Theatre Y focused exclusively on Romanian playwright Andras Visky, with productions of "Juliet: A Dialogue About Love" and "I Killed My Mother," both of which have toured internationally. But the company...

    Henry Carlisle dies at 84; author, translator helped bring Solzhenitsyn's work to Western audiences

    Henry Carlisle dies at 84; author, translator helped bring Solzhenitsyn's work to Western audiences
    Henry Carlisle, a San Francisco author, translator and former editor who with his wife helped bring two works by Alexander Solzhenitsyn to Western audiences, has died. He was 84. Carlisle died of complications from pneumonia July 11 in San Francisco,...

    The stitching hour

    The stitching hour
    Fashion students get used to pulling all-nighters in the studio as deadlines approach. But heading into the 11th annual Driehaus Awards for Fashion Excellence recently, Maribel Dinwiddie thought she could rest easy, knowing her last loose thread had been...

    Review: Jim Holt's compelling 'Why Does the World Exist?'

     Review: Jim Holt's compelling 'Why Does the World Exist?'
    -------------------- Why Does the World Exist? An Existential Detective Story Jim Holt Liveright: 310 pp., $27.95 -------------------- "How old is the Universe?" Kurt Vonnegut asked in his 1973 novel "Breakfast of Champions." "It is one half-second...