| Jan 14, 2011
Joe Gores, a former San Francisco private investigator who became a prize-winning author of hardboiled mysteries such as "Hammett," "Come Morning" and "Spade & Archer," has died. He was 79.
A resident of San Anselmo, Calif., Gores died of a stomach...
| Jan 14, 2011
I don't meet many magicians these days and that's a shame.
Magicians are among my favorite people and Chicago has a lengthy and colorful history with magic and those who practice it. It wasn't so long ago that I sat with a magician named Walter Anthony,...
| Jan 15, 2011
By what measures do we assign "greatness" to artworks? The word of experts? Public acclaim? Monetary value? By these standards, Jan and Hubert van Eyck's "The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb," also known as the Ghent Altarpiece, surely warrants a place in...
| Feb 3, 2011
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It's easy to get hung up on distinctions between mysteries and thrillers (not to mention the catch-all category of "crime fiction" that often acts as an acceptable substitute) when books, especially those published today, slide fluidly between the two...
| Feb 4, 2011
| 8:31 PM
I often receive questions about miracles but rarely answer them. This isn't because I don't believe in miracles — because I do — but rather because there are some things from God that don't lend themselves to easy, facile explanations. Some...
| Feb 5, 2011
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Now that you've read Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy, what's next? "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and the two books in the series that followed were worldwide blockbusters that left readers craving more books just like them. These three books,...
| Apr 12, 2012
| 8:44 PM
There is a hierarchy of personal catastrophe, an informal but definitive ranking of all the terrible things that can happen, moving through categories that might be labeled "Worst Thing" to "Next-Worst Thing" to "Next-to-Next Worst Thing" and on down...
| Dec 28, 2011
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Music critic and author Dwayne Robinson, a middle-aged black man, has been murdered with a box cutter, and his friend, D, wants to know whodunit.
When Dwayne shows up at the front door of D Security, D's office, wearing a bloody beige trench coat and a...
| Jan 5, 2012
| 12:16 PM
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| Jan 6, 2012
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I was always a big fan of the John le Carre novels, so I'm happy to see the strong reviews for the adaptation of "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy." The Cold War seems very distant these days, and his novels, which eschewed shoot-em-up theatrics for a more...
| Nov 28, 2011
| 12:59 PM
Is there life elsewhere in the universe? It's a question that has long intrigued astronomers and science fiction buffs alike, and now the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has launched its most ambitious attempt yet to find the answer....