| Oct 4, 2009
Last year, the Swedish Academy awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature to the French author Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio. The prize has been handed out annually, with the exception of the World War II years, since 1901, when French poet René F.A. Sully-...
| Oct 18, 2009
Dawn is coming soon. The lights are off, the sound system silent and the beasts of the Monterey Bay Aquarium have the place mostly to themselves: the otters, the anemones, the octopuses, the great white shark in the big tank, the lame young albatross in...
| Oct 30, 2009
Surrounded by sports fields and suburban lawns, Hadley Junior High School could be the envy of the state.
Nine of every 10 students at the Glen Ellyn school passed state exams in reading and math, according to the 2009 Illinois School Report Card made...
| Sep 13, 2009
Morris Dickstein's "Dancing in the Dark" is not exactly the syncretic "Cultural History of the Great Depression" that its subtitle promises -- at best, the book treats inferentially the broad political and social trends of that desperate, crucial era. Let...
| Feb 6, 2010
The bright red library cart in the pediatric unit has wheels to move from place to place and books that will give wings to children in wheelchairs.
The idea behind the gift presented by Cathy and Scott Leiber of Williams Township Friday to the Good...
| Nov 21, 2009
Chicago's Feltre School offers discussion of the great works, in a no-commitment setting.
One thing to know about our book club: The discussions are intelligent without being fussy, and fun without being frivolous. Author we'd most like to meet: Yann...
| Jul 31, 2005
You hear it while dining at the Seven Oaks Country Club, then from the mouths of the well-heeled as they ogle showcase homes, and again at nighttime patio parties when the summer heat finally loosens its grip.
"It's like you're not in Bakersfield," they'...
| Jul 29, 2003
Bob Hope, the elder statesman of comedy whose extraordinary career spanned vaudeville, Broadway, radio, television, movies, books and makeshift concert platforms in war zones, has died. He was 100. Hope died at 9:28 p.m. Sunday at his home in Toluca...
| Jan 10, 2006
In the winter of 1977, at the height of his union's power, Cesar Chavez summoned the leaders of the United Farm Workers to a mountain retreat in the Sierra foothills. They found themselves in an ultra-clean compound where recovering drug addicts with...