| Sep 26, 2014
When I was young, whenever I'd go into a new house, I'd pretend I needed to go to the bathroom, and instead go searching for a wardrobe that might take me to Narnia.
American houses are big on closets, so I often wouldn't find a wardrobe, but any...
| Sep 25, 2014
| 11:39 AM
It's nearly October and you know what that means, time for ghosts and goblins and spirits that bump in the night. And of course the Mark Twain House & Museum is more than ready to celebrate the eerie and the unexplainable.
In conjunction with its soon-...
| Jan 22, 2012
| 10:41 AM
If Ralph Ellison's "Invisible Man" comes to any conclusions down there in his basement after a lifetime of confusion, disappointment and hurt, after a good long spin on the racially painted American carousel of the mid-20th century, he finally spits...
| 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...
| Jan 10, 2013
| 2:02 PM
"No ordinary policeman": This is how director Claude Sautet's intriguing 1971 drama "Max and the Junkmen" describes the Max of the title, a Paris officer of the law whose black fedora matches his black tie and black suit, which all match his tensely...
| Jan 11, 2013
| 3:28 PM
In this moving memoir, Katrina Kenison beckons readers into her world and proves to be an insightful guide and companion through the vicissitudes of life.
After the death of a friend, and when her youngest son leaves their rural New Hampshire home to...
| Jan 17, 2013
| 6:30 PM
John R. Powers, the author of the made-in-Chicago hit “Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?” and a nostalgist who helped thousands laugh at their complex memories of rigorous parochial schooling, died early Thursday morning. He was...
| Dec 27, 2012
| 1:57 PM
A year ago this time, Gillian Flynn was just another former Entertainment Weekly TV critic turned Chicago author of murder-mysteries who lived in the Ukrainian Village neighborhood and had already sold film rights to her first two novels ("Dark Places"...
| Dec 28, 2012
| 2:20 PM
Chicago makes a claim on many writers — Nelson Algren, David Mamet, Ernest Hemingway, Carl Sandburg — even if those scribes spent only a portion of their lives within its sweet confines. But Thornton Wilder, the author of such iconic plays...
| 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...