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  • From the archives: James Thurber on the perplexities of educating a daughter

    From the archives: James Thurber on the perplexities of educating a daughter
    Editor's note: Two years after James Thurber died, the Chicago Tribune published a series of letters written by Thurber to Sarah B. Whitaker, the headmistress of Northampton School for Girls. Thurber's daughter, Rosemary, attended the school, and in the excerpt that follows below, Thurber reflects on a list of books he gave to Rosemary as a graduation gift. With graduation season fast approaching, which books would you recommend for a high school student embarking on a college education? Write to us at; we'll print recommendations in a forthcoming issue.
  • Bookmark: Oh, the literary injustices

    You know the feeling. You're looking at the best-seller list and a title catches your eye. "What?!" you sputter. "That piece of (expletive deleted) is a hit, while (insert title of favorite obscure novel) is a flop? Ah, the injustice!" Life is not fair....

    A more melancholy ‘Walter Mitty’ for Ben Stiller?

    The news that Ben Stiller will not just star in the remake (or new version) of James Thurber's classic short story “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” is accompanied by this update. The script is by the fellow who wrote “The Weatherman&#...

    John Lennon's books on the anniversary of his death

    A look back at John Lennon's writing, on the anniversary of his death.

    Evan Bayh's wife: Corporate board pay

    by Mark Silva Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh is viewed as a possible do-no-harm running mate for Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois. But the corporate work that Bayh's wife has done could be cause for doubts in the running-mate vetting department....