| Aug 8, 2013
| 8:40 AM
From the department of it had to happen: The commencement address George Saunders delivered this past spring at Syracuse University, which has gone viral across the Internet, will be published next year as a book by Random House. The title? “...
| Aug 14, 2013
| 1:40 PM
Carly Mensch has had plays done at Steppenwolf in Chicago, Ars Nova in New York City and the Humana Festival in Louisville, Ky. She's also written for the TV shows "Weeds" and "Nurse Jackie." Often, when writers are sucked into screenwriting jobs, they...
| Jun 27, 2013
| 6:21 PM
Last week there was a hubbub over a Kickstarter campaign to fund a "seduction" guidebook that included passages that encouraged men to be assertive with women. "Don't ask for permission. Be dominant. Force her to rebuff your advances," and other amateur...
| Apr 4, 2013
| 4:50 PM
Singer/guitarist Marnie Stern's evaluation of her discography sounds a bit like Goldilocks reviewing porridge.
"With the first record I thought, 'Oh, it's too experimental,'" she said. "With the second record I thought, 'Oh, it's too rock.' With the...
| Mar 23, 2013
| 2:58 PM
Sometimes I wonder how many books I've read in my four decades. Thousands, anyway — maybe tens of thousands — since the first one, about a choo-choo, when I was not quite 3. Right up to Anne Carson's “Autobiography of Red,”...
| Apr 6, 2013
| 12:32 PM
I recently read David Quammen's "Spillover," a scary, brilliant book about zoonotic diseases. Quammen is a marvelous stylist. But I was dismayed to discover, on page 506, this sentence: "One of the things that makes influenza so problematic, Webster said,...
| Jun 12, 2013
| 9:34 AM
Hold on to your hats: Things are about to get hot around here. Hot, that is, for people who love books, who covet literary rarities and whose pulses race at the thought of holding a first edition of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" in their very...
| Jun 3, 2013
| 8:14 AM
Apple headed to court Monday, as its e-book price fixing trial begins. The U.S. Justice Department alleged last year that Apple had conspired with five publishers to set the prices for e-books when it was planning to launch the iPad and enter the e-book...
| Jun 2, 2013
Summer is my favorite season — always has been. Partly, it's the light: slow and thick, like a glaze of honey spread across the world. Partly, it's the heat, which I feel in my joints, making me imagine I was loose-limbed again.
But more than...
| May 31, 2013
| 1:00 PM
"Bough Down," the first book by artist Karen Green, arrives trailing a train of sorrow. Green was married to writer David Foster Wallace, who committed suicide in September 2008. He was 46. Green has surfaced intermittently since then, giving few...
| May 14, 2013
| 2:21 PM
Well, this would explain my $25,000 tax bill. Looks like I picked the wrong year to start up a right-wing militia group.
I called it “Tim’s Teas,” and well, who knew? I swear, we were simply a “social welfare” organization...