| May 1, 2013
Somewhere between her Chilean family's life-or-death political realities and its intuitive, fantastical imagination is where Isabel Allende writes. Where she lives is the Bay Area, arriving in California about 25 years ago with a famous surname she's gone...
| Dec 11, 2014
| 10:46 AM
It's not Beyonce in front of blazing lights, but "Feminism Unfinished" (Liveright Publishing) should grab our attention.
The new book, subtitled "A Short, Surprising History of American Women's Movements," is co-authored by three academics —...
| Feb 27, 2015
| 9:10 PM
For years, Bob Weide referred to Kurt Vonnegut as "the old man."
The old man was 60 when they met, which was not long after Weide, who was barely out of college, typed him a letter that said, in essence:
"You don't know me, but my name's Bob Weide....
| Feb 26, 2015
| 6:49 AM
Is there anything worse in the world than Internet comments? Ebola? ISIS? The New York Knicks?
On just about any site you care to name, the comments are a cesspool of ignorance, hatred and appalling spelling. There is an old spiritual with the line,...
| Feb 25, 2015
| 8:54 PM
Everyone has their idea of a dream job. Even those people who already have dream jobs.
For the last 15 years, Mike Greenberg has teamed with Mike Golic for the popular "Mike & Mike" morning sports talk show that airs on ESPN Radio, ESPN2 and locally on...
| Sep 14, 2013
It was the beginning of our second date. We were in his car, stopped at a red light, when he turned to me and said: "So here's the deal. I want to have a real relationship. I'm in this to see if we can make a life together. I don't want to mess around...
| Feb 27, 2015
| 6:36 AM
The “Fifty Shades of Grey” film has racked up more than $130 million in domestic box office receipts in two-and-a-half weeks. And critics have had a fine time indulging in literary masochism by reading through the source material, the...
| Feb 21, 2015
| 10:51 AM
French novelist Emile Zola's naturalistic masterpiece of 1867, "Therese Raquin," teems with so many of the juicy elements on which opera feeds – try adulterous passion, murder, guilt and suicide, for starters – that you have to wonder why...
| Feb 3, 2015
| 9:48 PM
Peter Cook used to make lots of trips to the Palms Library to donate books, but then he got a better idea. He'd seen little homemade lending libraries in yards here and there and decided to make his own.
"I love working with wood and have a two-dollar...
| Feb 18, 2015
| 9:39 AM
I'm probably opposed to the PARCC test, but I'm too busy filling out my kids' home reading logs to give it a proper assessment.
I know it stands for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers and I know the Chicago Public Schools...
| Feb 18, 2015
| 3:15 PM
I've heard that patience is the art of learning what to do while you're waiting. So while we are waiting for the start of the NCAA basketball tournament, for the first daffodil buds, for the snow to melt and for above-freezing temperatures, here are...