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  • Jory's stage version of novel has wit but lacks clarity

    "A good countenance is a letter of recommendation," wrote Henry Fielding, the author of "The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling," in 1749. It's a timeless truth understood best by those of us whose countenance is, to put it generously, mediocre. To be in...
  • To do successful FSBO, do your homework first

    By Ilyce Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin Q: I own my house free and clear of any debt. How can I sell it without using a real estate agent? If I sell it on my own and the buyer has a real estate agent, will they still get the same commission of 6 percent? A:...
  • 'Regarding Susan Sontag' looks at a rock star of intellectuals

     'Regarding Susan Sontag' looks at a rock star of intellectuals
    "I love being alive" — these are the first words Susan Sontag speaks in "Regarding Susan Sontag," Nancy Kates' documentary on the late American novelist, critic and ponderer of culture high, low and whatever. For all that she was as a professional...
  • Review: 'Possibilities' by Herbie Hancock

    Review: 'Possibilities' by Herbie Hancock
    You don't have to be a jazz aficionado to be acquainted with Herbie Hancock, a protean musician who has ventured far afield from his jazz and classical roots to become something of an icon of American culture. Ranging freely from jazz to funk,...
  • Buying home with 5 percent down is hard, but options exist

    Q: I am purchasing a home and want the cheapest payment. I have only 5 percent to put down on the property and can comfortably afford a monthly payment of $1,400 to $1,500, tops. Actually, I'm hoping it will be closer to $1,400. Should I go for a...
  • Chicago Public Library dinner celebrates 69 authors

    Chicago Public Library dinner celebrates 69 authors
    The Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner presented by the Chicago Public Library Foundation in partnership with the Chicago Public Library attracted more than 700 book-loving guests, including 69 authors, to its 15th annual event held at the Forum of...
  • American values under Obama

    American values under Obama
    Two columns ago, I passed on a series of political observations from the heartland. Today, a snapshot of American values and viewpoints a decade and a half into the "new" millennium. For my left-leaning readers, you have much to be pleased about as...
  • What makes an author talk exciting. Really.

    What makes an author talk exciting. Really.
    Martin Amis walked slowly onto the auditorium stage of the Francis W. Parker School in Lincoln Park and stared grimly into the audience. He looked the part of the austere British novelist: gray suit, blue dress shirt, no tie, white hair swept back in thin...
  • Home swapping a short-term alternative to renting out vacant home

    Q: I read your reply to the homeowner who wanted to rent out his townhouse for two to four months near Washington, D.C., while spending time in warmer climes. It seems he is either retired or can work from home. If that is the case another option may be...
  • Looking for a good book? Sherry Boas recommends four

    Looking for a good book? Sherry Boas recommends four
    Two things high on my list of life's pleasures are reading books and browsing library shelves in search of new authors to discover. Over the past year, my meanders through the stacks resulted in 60 enjoyable reads, including many by previously...
  • Smile! Things are not as bad as they seem

    It's the strangest out-of-body experience I ever had. About 10 years ago, while browsing in a San Francisco bookstore, I picked up a book of quotations. Routinely turning to the index, I was startled to find a quote -- from me! "Things aren't as bad as...