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  • Why I'll never write a book

    Why I'll never write a book
    ‘You should write a book.” Or, “Why don't you write a book?” Or, “Have you ever thought about writing a book?” Are you detecting a theme here? Anyone who writes for a living — anyone that is, with a mother...
  • The Biblioracle: Literature's new state of nirvana

    The Biblioracle: Literature's new state of nirvana
    Freshman year at the University of Illinois, I lived in the dorm complex known as the "Six-Pack." This was 1988-89, the boombox era, and everyone seemed to have one propped on their window ledge facing the interior courtyard, and the soundtrack echoing...
  • The Biblioracle: Getting weaselly about Hermione

     The Biblioracle: Getting weaselly about Hermione
    J.K. Rowling made some news when she admitted to Emma Watson in an interview that she now believes that Hermione Granger should have been romantically paired with Harry Potter, rather than Ron Weasley. Speaking to the actress who brought Hermione to...
  • The Biblioracle: The Mount Rushmore of American lit

    The Biblioracle: The Mount Rushmore of American lit
    Do you know the Mount Rushmore game? Essentially, you pick a category like, say, candy bars and decide which of them belongs on the candy bar Mount Rushmore. (For the record, the answer is: Snickers, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Twix and Kit Kat.)...
  • Worth their weight in words

    Worth their weight in words
    “Significant Objects: 100 Extraordinary Stories About Ordinary Things” only slightly exaggerates. It is 100 stories about 100 things, though only a handful of the stories are extraordinary. In fact, fewer are memorable. Not that it matters;...
  • Annoyingly talented

    Annoyingly talented
    You know what's annoying? Experimental short stories. You know what else is annoying? Adam Levin. He is 35 and grew up on the North Shore. He is talented and can't do anything half- way, which makes him frustratingly, endearingly bold, the twin...
  • The Biblioracle: Swinging for the fences in literature

    The Biblioracle: Swinging for the fences in literature
    My favorite player on the 1978-80 Chicago Cubs was Dave Kingman. Nicknamed "Kong" and listed at 6 feet 6 inches and 210 pounds, Kingman had a swing that one might call "long," which meant contact was unlikely, but when contact was made, the resulting...
  • The Biblioracle: Does Oyster open a world of books?

    The Biblioracle: Does Oyster open a world of books?
    My Printers Row overlords scored me a free, one-month trial to Oyster, a brand new iPhone reading app which is being billed as the "Netflix for books." At $9.95 per month, Oyster boasts more than 100,000 titles, or approximately 90,000 more than even...
  • The Biblioracle: Lessons behind the laughter

    The Biblioracle: Lessons behind the laughter
    These are my Top 5 Most Difficult Jobs: 5. Middle-school teacher; 4. Rahm Emanuel's relaxation consultant; 3. President of the United States; 2. Donald Trump's barber; 1. Comedian. -------------------- This piece first ran in Printers Row Journal,...
  • The Biblioracle on the elite's unending allure

    The Biblioracle on the elite's unending allure
    If Wikipedia is correct — and why wouldn't a website that anyone in the world can log onto and change its content be correct? — only .5 percent of school-age children attend boarding schools. If that's the case, how can there be so many...
  • The Biblioracle: As fall arrives, book piles rise

    The Biblioracle: As fall arrives, book piles rise
    Confession time, fellow readers, fellow bibliophiles, fellow bookaholics. Over the last month or so I've been reading my favorite book-centric publication (you're reading it) and holding back a rising tide of panic. -------------------- This piece...