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  • Panetta bites hand that fed him

    Four of the best years of my life were spent working for California's Jerry Brown, during his first turn as governor. Among my most vivid memories of those days were private sessions, usually late at night, where a few of us staffers would engage with the...
  • Consolidating from many investment properties to one

    Consolidating from many investment properties to one
    Q: I'm enjoying your "Intentional Investor: How to Be Wildly Successful in Real Estate" series. In the series, you talk about developing an exit strategy for real estate. Regarding the concept of an "exit strategy," I realize that the standard plan is...
  • Lena Dunham "Not That Kind of Girl" tour visits Chicago

    Lena Dunham "Not That Kind of Girl" tour visits Chicago
    “Questions for Lena? Do you have a question for Lena? Would you like to ask Lena Dunham a question?” Early Monday night the Lena Dunham book tour and circus of earnestness and irony rolled into Chicago, promising cultural spectacle and...
  • Oscar voters greet 'Gone Girl' with a shrug

    David Fincher’s “Gone Girl,” the murder-mystery about a missing wife that doubles (for some) as a bleakly funny portrait of modern marriage at its worst, packed the 1,012-seat Samuel Goldwyn Theater on Saturday night as motion picture...
  • Do you trust your government on Ebola?

    As I write this column, two health care workers in Dallas have come down with Ebola after treating Thomas Eric Duncan, who traveled from West Africa and died from the disease. By the time you read it, there will most likely be more cases. Still, there'...
  • The making of 'Amazing Grace: The Musical,' and of the hymn

     The making of 'Amazing Grace: The Musical,' and of the hymn
    Despite its bucolic name, the quiet hamlet of Sandy Point Town, St. Kitts, on a friendly island in the West Indies, has a history written in blood. In the 18th century, Sandy Point offered Caribbean Sea shelter to the oft-battered slave ships that plied...
  • 'Weekend' a home movie of sorts for Thomas Dolby

    'Weekend' a home movie of sorts for Thomas Dolby
    The world of moneyed Northern California liberals — a specific genus of the 1 percent all its own — is satirized from within in the seriocomic indie "Last Weekend" (at the Siskel Film Center through Oct. 9). It is Labor Day weekend and as...
  • William H. Macy directs the music of 'Rudderless'

    William H. Macy directs the music of 'Rudderless'
    To my surprise, before a May interview with William H. Macy about his big-screen directorial debut “Rudderless,” I was told the veteran actor and newbie filmmaker wouldn’t be able to talk much about the film’s plot. The movie,...
  • Eric Holder: Mixed legacy at best

    He's not exactly stepping aside quietly. Reaction to Eric Holder's resignation ranged from hagiographic to diabolical. Civil rights leaders praised him as the strongest attorney general since Bobby Kennedy. Fox News derided him as the nation's all-time...
  • Worst Writers Sought

      I announced this last week in my column, but I figured I also should put the word out here about this year’s local version of the Bulwer-Lytton bad writing contest.   Here’s a quick review of what this is about. The international contest,...
  • Review: 'Gone Girl' ★★★ 1/2

    David Fincher's film version of the Gillian Flynn bestseller "Gone Girl" is a stealthy, snake-like achievement. It's everything the book was and more — more, certainly, in its sinister, brackish atmosphere dominated by mustard-yellow fluorescence,...