| Nov 7, 2014
| 8:30 AM
The earliest surviving footage of broadcast television in America is a fragment of "The Streets of New York," an adaptation of playwright Dion Boucicault's 19th-century drama, aired by the experimental New York NBC affiliate W2XBS on August 31, 1939....
| Nov 20, 2014
| 9:13 AM
A Waukegan group is seeking ideas for a sculpture to honor the late science fiction writer and Waukegan native Ray Bradbury.
Bradbury, who is best known for his book "Fahrenheit 451," died in 2012. He was born in Waukegan and lived there until he was...
| Sep 26, 2014
| 3:42 PM
Those looking for a herringbone sport jacket with a story to tell can still buy Ray Bradbury's version, some of his jewelry, even a set of oil paints.
But a large swath of the estate of the acclaimed author and Waukegan native has been purchased at...
| Oct 24, 2014
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....
| Oct 24, 2014
| 10:00 AM
To pay tribute to London's literary dead, tourists go to Highgate Cemetery. In Paris, it's Père Lachaise. But in Los Angeles, boot up the GPS — our writerly dead authors are buried all over town, befitting L.A. sprawl.
Down in Rancho Palos Verdes,...
| Oct 22, 2014
| 11:51 AM
In the November issue of Vanity Fair, Bruce Handy has a long piece about the history and future of Paris’ Shakespeare and Company bookstore, my call for greatest bookstore in the world. A warren of rooms and bookshelves that fill a 17th century...
| Oct 21, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Showtime couldn't be happier that you've probably never heard of Rachel Bloom, 26, the star of their new half-hour comedy pilot (with songs!), "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," about a smart lawyer turned self-deluded stalker. For the premium cabler, the freedom...
| Oct 20, 2014
| 7:16 AM
The Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival, performed in the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan, is named for one of that town's most famous sons. It takes place on the late author's favorite holiday, Halloween. Naturally, participating storytellers plan to...
| Oct 10, 2014
Bathing the Lion by Jonathan Carroll, St. Martin's, 280 pages, $25.99
Jonathan Carroll is something of a genius at rug-pulling. In any given novel, it's almost impossible to anticipate when his utterly believable portraits of domestic life might veer...
| Sep 29, 2014
| 1:48 PM
A collection of Ray Bradbury's personal book collection, art, rare science fiction ephemera and more was auctioned last week for close to a half-million dollars.
Bradbury, the author of the books "Fahreheit 451," "Something Wicked This Way Comes,"...
| Sep 19, 2014
| 12:12 PM
Renowned author and Waukegan native Ray Bradbury traced his inspiration for becoming a writer to a cups and balls magic trick given to him by a carnival worker in the 1930s.
Now, that item and more than 450 others are available to those who want to...