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  • 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...
  • Buy vs. sell decision a matter of weighing risk, future plans

    By Ilyce Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin Q: My husband and I are 57 and need to relocate to a major metropolitan area, where we want to be very close to public transportation due to our jobs. Housing costs are very high: $400,000 for a modest townhouse to...
  • Skillful bad writers outdid themselves again

    Skillful bad writers outdid themselves again
    As I was promoting this year's local version of the international Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, I offered one of my own efforts. The goal for my writers was to submit the first sentence to the worst possible novel, inspired by Edward George Bulwer-...
  • The Biblioracle: Small sites counter Amazon's access

    The Biblioracle: Small sites counter Amazon's access
    Barring some kind of monumental screw-up, Amazon will be the dominant e-book retailer forevermore. Amazon is certainly capable of screwing up. The Fire Phone that was launched to great fanfare before being quickly discounted to 99 cents seems like a...
  • '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...
  • Reflecting on Patti Smith, winner of the 2014 Tribune Literary Prize

    Reflecting on Patti Smith, winner of the 2014 Tribune Literary Prize
    It was 1975 and I was a college freshman when Patti Smith's first album, "Horses," arrived in a Milwaukee record store. I didn't know anything about her music, hadn't heard a note. But that album cover was enough to stop traffic. It intrigued, haunted...
  • The Biblioracle: Staples of literary life for sale

    The Biblioracle: Staples of literary life for sale
    I can't find my stapler. This is vexing, because I often have need of a stapler, and my stapler has been my stapler for a long time. If memory serves, I lifted it from my office in graduate school, which means it's been by my side for over 20 years....
  • 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...