| Jul 10, 2013
| 3:01 PM
Edward Albee is known as a vaunted playwright. But really he's a relationship expert.
For more than 50 years, Albee's work has examined the tenuous bonds that bring couples, friends and families together and the all-too-human mistakes that force them...
| Jul 31, 2012
| 3:47 PM
For more than 50 years, Elie Wiesel has provided a moral compass for the world, writing and advocating on human rights issues in the wake of his tragic experiences as a survivor of the Holocaust.
His book "Night," recalling the terrors of the Auschwitz...
| Jun 2, 2013
In the beginning, Jason Methner was the impatient one.
After meeting Molly Lipsitz at a mutual friend's birthday party in Wicker Park, Methner, 27 at the time and in a master's program at Northwestern University, was eager to accelerate the...
| Jun 2, 2013
| 8:09 PM
"Someone came to us and said, 'Hey kids, do you want to make a movie?'" Judy Blume said with a laugh when I spoke to her by phone last month about the upcoming release of the film adaptation of "Tiger Eyes," based on her 1981 novel. "No, that's not what...
| May 23, 2013
| 9:23 AM
Chance the Rapper is going to make sure he gets this right: rap music, a pop-star ascent from Chicago, a record deal, that whole fame thing — and on his own terms.
Chance, whose full name is Chancelor Bennett, has been drawing increasingly large...
| Mar 1, 2013
| 6:53 PM
Where to begin in addressing the most pressing needs of the children of homeless families, whose members lack necessities most people take for granted?
Do not underestimate the ability of a mystery story to lift and empower even these children, whose...
| Mar 4, 2013
Last week, I enjoyed joining a lunch discussion with a few dozen community leaders who were interested in education, volunteerism, and the community. The goal of the lunch was to brainstorm ways together to inspire students, parents and policy-makers to...
| Mar 8, 2013
Neil Shubin has the wide, happy eyes of a Muppet and the casual, ingratiating prattle of a car salesman. His thick, graying hair lends gravitas. He has written a new book, and on a bitter afternoon in Hyde Park he is explaining to me how he writes....
| Feb 12, 2013
| 3:14 PM
Say you had a family secret.
A juicy one. The kind that speaks volumes about families. And you wrote a book about it. But your family hates the book. Or, at the very least, potentially feels embarrassment from it. Would you still release that book?...
| Feb 16, 2013
| 5:17 PM
A couple of years ago I got a call from the deputy editor at Gentleman’s Quarterly, the Manhattan-based monthly magazine focusing on style, culture and other manly matters.
His name is Michael Hainey, and he wanted to know what I knew about...
| Jan 7, 2013
| 9:02 AM
Before he started working on "Skulls: An Exploration of Alan Dudley's Curious Collection," author Simon Winchester had limited experience with body parts. That's not to say he had no experience.
"Looking back in my history, there was this six-month...