| Feb 2, 2011
Stylishly dressed couples stare back from a sepia-toned photograph on the cover of "High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey From Africa to America" (Bloomsbury, $26), by Jessica Harris. In this picture, from the 1920s, facial expressions foreshadow the same...
| Mar 16, 2012
| 5:34 PM
We meet once a month for dinner at the Stonebridge Country Club in Aurora, and we have a dozen members.
We've been meeting for nine years and only have one rule: You don't have to read the book to come to the meeting. Come for the camaraderie and hear...
| Mar 26, 2012
| 2:50 PM
We are all members of the Red Hat Society, and we don't have specific rules.
We meet at a restaurant in Schiller Park.
During February, as tribute to Black History Month, we read (and are still reading) a wonderful story called "The...
| Oct 18, 2010
| 12:24 PM
''The November Criminals:
By Sam Munson
Doubleday, 240 pages, $23.95
Those who staff the admissions offices of America’s more selective colleges and universities have the formidable obligation to appear stoically optimistic before...
| Oct 14, 2011
| 1:20 PM
Every so often a book comes along that changes the world in some way. Maybe it heralds the start of a social movement, or enlightens the world about events long hidden. Only in hindsight can we see what a difference such a book made. Here is one such...
| Feb 25, 2011
| 1:29 PM
During this Black History Month, consider the following thoughts on politics, life and race from 10 famous African-Americans.
See if you can match the quote with the person who said it.
The famous quote:
1. "Surely the day will come when color means...
| Feb 17, 2012
| 11:55 AM
Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin is everywhere. Turn on the TV, you see Jeremy Lin. Go out to dinner, you hear people talking about Jeremy Lin. Go to sleep, dream about Jeremy Lin (whoops, I may have shared too much).
Now "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart"...
| Jan 5, 2012
| 9:36 PM
There are BIG projects from Ken Burns ("Baseball," "Jazz," and "The Civil War"), and there are the less ambitious stories ("Thomas Jefferson" and "Mark Twain") from the New Hampshire-based documentarian who has become in many ways a de facto national........
| Apr 1, 2012
| 4:35 PM
This week's list of author activities in L.A. includes a poetry reading of Walt Whitman's "Leaves of Grass" to kick off the start of National Poetry Month....
| Jan 12, 2012
| 4:33 PM
“Great Performances” 9 p.m., Friday KOCE: "Let Me Down Easy": Anna Deavere Smith portrays several different characters, sharing their life experiences....
| Jan 13, 2012
| 4:36 PM
Anna Deavere Smith, whose play "Let Me Down Easy" premieres on PBS, talks about the writing process and documentary theater....