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  • Seth Greenland navigates writing maze of novels, radio, stage and TV

     Seth Greenland navigates writing maze of novels, radio, stage and TV
    If you graphed Seth Greenland's writing career, it would look like an Escher drawing: Apparent dead-ends emerge as new beginnings. A novelist who is also a television writer, Greenland has tried his hand at just about every kind of writing except poetry...
  • Hard-won wisdom in Abigail Thomas' 'What Comes Next and How to Like It'

    There's a sneaky sharpness to Abigail Thomas' "What Comes Next and How to Like It" that makes itself apparent only deep into the book. Framed as a follow-up to her 2006 memoir, "A Three Dog Life," it is more a series of short reflections — some as...
  • American music historian Samuel Charters dies at 85

    Samuel Charters, a vital historian of American blues, folk and jazz who helped introduce a generation of music lovers to Robert Johnson, Blind Willie McTell and other performers, has died. He was 85. His widow, the author Ann Charters, said Thursday...
  • Veronica Roth on 'Insurgent' film adaptation

    Veronica Roth on 'Insurgent' film adaptation
    Young-adult author Veronica Roth admits she was a bit starstruck the first time she met Kate Winslet, who plays sinister Erudite leader Jeanine Matthews in the film adaptations of Roth's wildly popular "Divergent" trilogy. "I didn't want to be starstruck,...
  • Review: 'Hausfrau' by Jill Alexander Essbaum

    Review: 'Hausfrau' by Jill Alexander Essbaum
    A cross between Anna Karenina and the eponymous mad housewife, the expatriate American "hausfrau" Anna Benz seems to be careening out of control. By the time we meet her, the protagonist of Jill Alexander Essbaum's elegant, erotic and ultimately tragic...
  • Review: 'Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be' by Frank Bruni

    Review: 'Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be' by Frank Bruni
    A parent comes in to talk with a counselor in the College and Career Center of a suburban high school. She has some questions about college admission. A few minutes into the conversation, the parent says, "Let me go get my son, I want him to hear this."...
  • Review: 'Barefoot Dogs' by Antonio Ruiz-Camacho

    Review: 'Barefoot Dogs' by Antonio Ruiz-Camacho
    Writing about the missing is an exercise in filling silences. The kidnapped Mexican patriarch at the center of Antonio Ruiz-Camacho's debut collection "Barefoot Dogs" doesn't make his appearance until the last story; by then, he's already in pieces. It'...
  • Finding empathy in the essay

    Finding empathy in the essay
    In 1988, Robert Atwan, series editor of "Best American Essays," made this provocative pronouncement: "Never before — except perhaps in the days of Emerson and Thoreau — have so many fine writers begun to explore (the essay's) literary...
  • Review: 'Crow Fair' by Thomas McGuane

    Review: 'Crow Fair' by Thomas McGuane
    There is a moment in the title story of Thomas McGuane's new collection, "Crow Fair," in which Earl, the protagonist, sits down with his brother Kurt to confront Roland White Clay, the Crow chief who, the brothers have recently learned, once had an affair...
  • Reader of the Week: Karen Lewis

    Reader of the Week: Karen Lewis
    Who I am Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis from the South Side of Chicago. One unique thing about me My mother read to me every single night. I equated reading with love, imagination and a way to experience a completely different life....
  • Paul Pryma on 'Coaches of Chicago'

    Paul Pryma on 'Coaches of Chicago'
    Choosing a topic to write about for the dissertation that would become his first book was a slam-dunk for veteran educator and rookie author Paul Pryma. Working toward his doctorate from National Louis University in Chicago, Pryma was encouraged to...