| Nov 16, 2012
| 3:19 PM
Until recently I owned just two books that were composed of little else but pictures of people's bookshelves. Not nearly enough. One book I received last year for Christmas, a compendium of pictures of author's bookshelves, a sort of literary...
| Mar 25, 2008
When Arnold D'Angelo was born almost 78 years ago, his book-loving dad named his new son after the British historian Arnold Toynbee.
"My father was a voracious reader and a great admirer of Toynbee," D'Angelo said. "And I became addicted to books, as...
| Aug 30, 2013
Once again this year, the fall museum and zoo schedules are full, and not just because of the now-requisite Halloween and Christmas programming. Highlights include a World's Fair revisitation at the Field, commemoration of the Gettysburg Address' 150th...
| Aug 23, 2013
| 9:56 AM
Emily Graslie, the first chief curiosity correspondent at the Field Museum, has been furiously filing YouTube videos about precisely what goes on behind those grand doors. As Steve Johnson reported in the Tribune this week, the 24-year-old known for her...
| Apr 5, 2013
Stephen Wade's affection for the Chicago in which he grew up and that he left long ago is passionate and palpable in the introduction to his astonishing book, “The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience.”...
| Oct 13, 2013
My memory of this isn't perfect, but sometime during third grade, my mother told me I wasn't allowed to read a book.
It was "Julie of the Wolves" by Jean Craighead George. At the time I was on a mission to read every Newbery Medal-winning book I could...
| Jul 17, 2014
| 5:30 AM
The ways in which parking spaces devour a city, LACMA director Michael Govan's defense of his museum's architectural plans and one of the awesome-est documentaries about L.A. — finally released on DVD! Also: pit bulls, lots of pit bulls (but not the...
| Jul 21, 2014
| 8:52 PM
This has been the summer of staying home, with nothing much to do.
I used to look forward to family vacations with my daughters, whether we were schlepping to Ohio to visit relatives or lounging on a beach in Jamaica.
But the daughters are grown, with...
| Jul 4, 2014
| 8:36 PM
Among the things I've learned as a columnist is that two people can read the exact same piece and glean entirely different meanings.
That's what happened with last Saturday's column, which scoffed at a plan by the nation's pediatricians to prescribe...
| Jul 9, 2014
| 3:08 PM
Every so often, we get a poignant reminder of what has been lost now that letter writing has been replaced by texting, emoticons or nothing at all, if you're a politician afraid to commit anything to paper for fear it will show up on page one or be read...
| Apr 17, 2014
| 6:31 AM
Celebrating Shakespeare's birth makes more sense than marking his death.
The birth, 450 years ago next week, started something unceasing, an industry of Shakespeare performances, publications and scholarship, in addition to the inspiration and wisdom...