| Feb 11, 2011
| 1:50 PM
One thing to know about our book club: Our book club includes nine women and four men. We like the fact that our group has members of both sexes because it brings different perspectives to our discussions.
We call ourselves the Gammy Birds, which is...
| Mar 14, 2012
Thank you, "Mass Effect 3."
The year's first blockbuster has whet our appetites for an incredible slate of high-end releases and potential sleeper hits due in the coming months.
And "Game Cache," b's new gaming blog, will be all over them. We'll be...
| Nov 4, 2011
| 3:43 AM
If 7 billion blood-thirsty fleas and ticks sucking on the body of an old dog have yet to kill it, then another billion isn’t exactly going to get the job done.
That old dog, however, is eventually going to go down, drained and ready for a trip...
| Sep 6, 2011
| 11:55 AM
With unemployment high, consumer confidence battered and the general outlook as grim as a Cormac McCarthy novel, Barack Obama may have virtually no chance of victory in 2012. Or so I thought until his Homeland Security chief, Janet Napolitano, offered a...
| Dec 7, 2011
| 7:50 AM
It Chooses You, by Miranda July (McSweeney's, 2011)
The filmmaker/artist/poet/fiction writer Miranda July is well-known for her movies, whose moods share a kind of charming sincerity with that of her other work. Last month, July's first attempt at...
| Oct 6, 2011
| 8:28 AM
The second-greatest mystery ever to come out of Sweden – the first being "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" and its novelistic siblings by the late Stieg Larsson – is the annual speculation about who will receive the Nobel Prize in literature....
| Jan 6, 2012
| 9:28 AM
As director, Oscar winner Tommy Lee Jones casts another excellent actor - Samuel L. Jackson - opposite him in this intense two-person drama, an adaptation of a novel by Cormac McCarthy ("No Country for Old Men") first shown on HBO.
Jones plays a...
| Feb 6, 2012
| 12:20 PM
In the Spring of 2000, I was winding down my senior year at the University of Montana. And though I couldn't put the feeling into words, each day, I wandered around my hometown of Missoula feeling directionless. I had no plans after graduation. I had been...
| Feb 20, 2012
| 3:20 PM
Our club is made up of all men ranging in age from 27 to 43. Most of us are business professionals, although we do have a couple of starving artists in the group.
We have been meeting monthly in coffee shops on the city's North and South Sides for...
| Jun 13, 2008
| 1:22 PM
1. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen ($13.95)
2. The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon ($15.95)
3. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho ($13.95)
4. Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje ($13.95)
5. Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones ($12)
6. No One...
| Dec 2, 2007
By Ed Park
To take a page from last month's column: We learn from John Crowley's "Endless Things," the final book of his "Aegypt" cycle, that "Coleridge had written . . . that 'the common end of all narrative, nay of all poems, is to convert a...