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  • Holiday lights, carol singers and other things that I like

     Holiday lights, carol singers and other things that I like
    Every now and then I make a list of things I've liked lately. Here's one for the end of another fleeting year. 1. Holiday lights This is the season when gaudy passes for beautiful, and nothing's more delightfully gaudy than a spectacle of holiday...
  • Billion-dollar Sochi Games a sporting success

    The Sochi 2014 winter Olympics have gone down in history as the most expensive sports event ever organized with a staggering cost of more than $51 billion. The legacy left by Russia's first winter Games is one of gleaming purpose-built arenas with little...
  • The 10 Best Guilty Pleasure Movies of 2014

    When Pauline Kael wrote "movies are so rarely great art, that if we can't appreciate great trash, there is little reason for us to go," she may as well have been describing some of the films on this list. Combining elements of high and lowbrow art with...
  • Lindsay Hunter's 'Ugly Girls' plays it safe in the dark

    Lindsay Hunter's 'Ugly Girls' plays it safe in the dark
    If there was one book I looked forward to this year it was Lindsay Hunter's "Ugly Girls." For one thing, rarely has a title seemed more suited for a time period. Is American freakdom under threat or all the more in vogue when millennials come up with...
  • Robert Lloyd's best TV shows of 2014

    Robert Lloyd's best TV shows of 2014
    Here is Robert Lloyd’s look at the best of 2014 in television. "Broad City" (Comedy Central). Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer's glassy-eyed aspirational comedy of friendship and survival feels like the future. "Jane the Virgin" (CW). A delicate...
  • 'McGlue' casts a groggy sailor into a drunken murder tale

    'McGlue' casts a groggy sailor into a drunken murder tale
    When I was in the Navy, I knew a lot of drunken sailors: men who drank for the joy of being drunk, men who drank with the desperation of characters out of a Faulkner novel, and men who drank for a reprieve from the inflexible discipline that dogs those...
  • In Eliot Pattison's moving 'Soul of the Fire,' a mystery in Tibet

    In Eliot Pattison's moving 'Soul of the Fire,' a mystery in Tibet
    Whether set in Southern Californian ethnic communities, Louisiana bayous or a blue-collar neighborhood in Boston, the more interesting mysteries take readers places they would otherwise never go. Foreign mysteries double down on the armchair adventure,...
  • David L. Ulin's best books of 2014

    David L. Ulin's best books of 2014
    Lists are, by their nature, impressionistic: How could they be otherwise? Here then, alphabetically by title, are the most stirring of the books I wrote about this year, my 10 favorites of 2014. "Can't and Won't: Stories" by Lydia Davis (Farrar,...
  • 2014 in Review: David L. Ulin looks at the year in books

    2014 in Review: David L. Ulin looks at the year in books
    What was the upshot of my year in reading — the ideas, the through lines that most stirred or provoked me in 2014? The dominant thread was what we might call that of common experience, work that finds significance in incidental things. Karl Ove...
  • Mark Olsen's best indie films of 2014

    Throughout the year people you thought you knew showed they were still full of surprises. In 2014, when some would see cinema as a storytelling mode and cultural force as an endangered species, these are vital signs of life. Here is Mark Olsen's top ten...
  • Phil Klay on the gift of a good book in wartime

    Phil Klay on the gift of a good book in wartime
    Each day from now through Hanukkah and on to Christmas, we'll post an author's reflection on giving books as holiday gifts. Follow us on Twitter @ChiTribBooks to be alerted to new posts and tell us about your book-related holiday memories by using...