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  • Review: 'Updike' by Adam Begley

     Review: 'Updike' by Adam Begley
    In his new biography, "Updike," Adam Begley examines John Updike's life and work from childhood to Harvard, his stint at The New Yorker to his newfound notoriety after the publication of his racy 1968 novel, "Couples." Begley follows Updike through two...
  • City Lights Bookstore has the true beat of San Francisco

     City Lights Bookstore has the true beat of San Francisco
    SAN FRANCISCO — To get to one of the spiritual centers of San Francisco — a perfect microcosm of the city of evergreen revolutions — turn left after the high-rising office buildings downtown, saunter past Francis Ford Coppola's emerald-...
  • No need to demonize the demotic

    An inquiry came over the transom yesterday from a reader who cringed at an American Idol contestant's use of "me and my mom" and "me and my sister," which the writer said was "like fingernails on a chalk board." My standard reply is that I have my hands...
  • Meet artist Michelle Grabner, Whitney Biennial 2014 curator

    Meet artist Michelle Grabner, Whitney Biennial 2014 curator
    A few months before Michelle Grabner presided over the final details of the prestigious 2014 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art here, a white Buick LeSabre plowed into the side of her small art gallery in Oak Park. This was back in the...
  • Hansen: The value of funding art and science

    Hansen: The value of funding art and science
    If you live in Laguna Beach for any length of time, you start to take art for granted. Everywhere you walk, there is art. Every weekend, there is some new exhibit. The byproduct of all this art is a certain amount of complacency. That's not good if...
  • 'MFA vs. NYC' debates the usefulness of a creative writing degree

    You're invited to a party. It's going to be fun, because it's being thrown by writer Chad Harbach, an editor of the literary magazine n+1, where he has been lightheartedly provocative. You're excited, because "MFA vs. NYC: The Two Cultures of American...
  • Review: 'The Dream of the Great American Novel' by Lawrence Buell

    Review: 'The Dream of the Great American Novel' by Lawrence Buell
    This is an ambitious work about an enduring ambition — "The Dream of the Great American Novel." As Lawrence Buell's title suggests, there's something both wide-eyed and not-quite-actual about the idea of the G.A.N., an abbreviation first coined by...
  • College grads: With speakers as in life, at times you take what you can get

    College grads: With speakers as in life, at times you take what you can get
    On college campuses all over the country, the classes of 2014 have distinguished themselves like none before — mainly by chasing away their commencement speakers. Students at Smith College scared off Christine Lagarde, the first female managing...
  • Literary Death Match: Henry Rollins not big on spoken word

     
    Is spoken word poetry not literature? That's what, of all people, Henry Rollins seemed to say at an event in LA Wednesday night....
  • The Chicago Tribune's favorite books of 2011

    The Chicago Tribune's favorite books of 2011
    As 2011 comes to a close, we take a minute to reflect on the year's best in the world of publishing. Here is the list of our favorites, all published this year: FICTION "The Paris Wife" by Paula McLain This gorgeous novel portrays the whirlwind...
  • Man charged with killing cat, abusing another

    Man charged with killing cat, abusing another
    Ethan Phillip Weibman went to the Maryland SPCA, and from the dozens of cats, police say, he chose a short-haired one named Lucy to adopt. He returned to the shelter two days later with the cat — dead, according to authorities. And, they said, he...