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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...
  • Capsule reviews of midseason shows

    Capsule reviews of midseason shows
    Scarcely have the holidays departed, the last bite of figgy pudding or sip of egg nog cycled through our system, the last present sorted for use or reuse, than the winter television season comes crashing down upon us, laden with gifts of its own. Yes,...
  • Non-confrontational attitude more likely to settle dispute with HOA

    Q: I am trying to have a hearing with the homeowners association (HOA) in the subdivision where my rental property is located. The property management company sent my request to the board. Nobody from HOA is responding to me and I've been receiving...
  • 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...
  • The Biblioracle: Make Congress read books

    The Biblioracle: Make Congress read books
    Sometimes, when I'm asked, "What's the last book you read?" I'll freeze up for a second because I'm not sure how to answer. Often, I'm reading several books at once, and it's not clear if I'm being asked about the last book I finished or what I'm...
  • A look at poverty in America, from the inside

    A look at poverty in America, from the inside
    One little-recognized reality of poverty in America is how closely it lurks beneath the surface of even a successful professional life. A bad career turn, a couple of financial missteps, and -- here comes the dizzying plunge from middle class to...
  • The Biblioracle: Taking a reading on gift-giving

    The Biblioracle: Taking a reading on gift-giving
    Christmas is the most exciting time of the year for book lovers. Suddenly, books become relevant to people that normally don't give them a second thought, as they realize that purchasing a book as a gift for the literary-minded people in their lives might...
  • 'Citizenfour' a compelling look at Edward Snowden's actions

    'Citizenfour' a compelling look at Edward Snowden's actions
    Be afraid. Be very afraid. This in essence is the message of "Citizenfour," Laura Poitras' highly anticipated documentary on Edward Snowden's decision to expose the National Security Agency's ravenous appetite for clandestinely collecting the personal...
  • Twain Celebrates A Wicked Good Evening With Gregory Maguire and Stephen Schwartz

    The word of the night at the Mark Twain House & Museum Tuesday was "wicked" and it had nothing to do with Halloween. The evening was a VIP reception for "Wicked" book author Gregory Maguire and "Wicked" musical composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz,...
  • Essayist Roxane Gay's critical voice is booming

    Essayist Roxane Gay's critical voice is booming
    At the risk of sounding like I'm "mansplaining": Female nonfiction writers are having a moment. How do I know this? The literary ether has whispered it for months: Lena Dunham ("Girls") recently Instagrammed a picture of Megan Stielstra's book of essays,...
  • Send a message to D.C. on Election Day

    Send a message to D.C. on Election Day
    For those of you inclined to send a message to Washington on Election Day, herewith a list of grievances that should get you plenty revved up: Spending: A federal debt approaching $18 trillion. Interest on the debt cost taxpayers $221 billion last...