| Jan 4, 2013
| 4:35 PM
‘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...
| Mar 7, 2014
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...
| Feb 21, 2014
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...
| May 16, 2014
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.)...
| Aug 17, 2012
| 2:17 PM
“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;...
| Aug 23, 2012
| 2:01 PM
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...
| Sep 22, 2013
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...
| Oct 20, 2013
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...
| Nov 10, 2013
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,...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 8:21 AM
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...
| Nov 3, 2013
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.