| Oct 23, 2013
| 1:05 PM
Ever wonder what the typical rock star is thinking about on stage? Playing the same songs played a million times before? To the same audiences? Night after night? Year after year?
Donald Fagen, 65, co-founder of literate, aggressively dyspeptic jazz-...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 9:41 AM
How do I explain Harrison Ford’s surly interview with GQ, which described him in the article as “grouchy” and “gruff”?
That’s just Harrison being Harrison.
The 71-year-old Chicago native was promoting his new film...
| Oct 30, 2013
| 3:08 PM
The early morning sun clawed at my blinds like a screaming victim of premature burial, casting bloody fingernails of light wherever it could find a gap.
One of my favorite interactive features has been our local version of San Jose State's annual...
| Oct 27, 2013
| 10:41 AM
We're moved into prime day-trip weather, when cooler temperatures brighten the prospect of strolling historic streets, and none are more historic than St. Augustine's.
I've always loved historian Michael Gannon's quip that by the time the Pilgrims...
| Oct 31, 2013
Black Lincoln SUVs and Town Cars lined up outside the Harris Theater on Tuesday as men in gray suits filled the seats inside.
That visually describes Invest for Kids, a $1,000-per-ticket annual charity event in which a flood of Chicago finance guys...
| Sep 4, 2010
It seems that my summer reading project will be stretching into the fall.
I'm working my way through classics that I haven't covered on a BBC book list that I discovered on Facebook. The BBC supposes that most people have only read six of the 100 books...
| Oct 21, 2013
| 4:02 PM
The black town car pulled up and idled. White smoke curled from its tailpipe, rising in the morning drizzle. The driver stretched, his sportscoat tight at his back. He prepared for a wait. Within a minute, Veronica Roth, tall, with an angular, circa-...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 6:52 AM
Corporate greed, runaway technology and economic disparity have finally caught up with the planet. It's the 31st Century, and Earth is a wasteland ruled by roving gangs. This dire science-fiction scenario plays out on the second album from Deltron 3030,...
| Oct 13, 2013
Joseph Epstein got it right. With wit and maybe just a smidgen of venom — his patented brew — the veteran essayist and literary critic based in Evanston described the frustration of encountering a famously difficult novel: “The first...
| Oct 9, 2013
| 3:10 PM
(Paterson, N.J.) The other day Junot Diaz drove back to his home state. He had promised a college friend who teaches eighth grade here in this tattered, slate-colored, chain-link-fenced town, that he would make an appearance. And so he'd collected his...
| Oct 4, 2013
Ordinarily we don't look for restaurants that have a side of fright on the menu, but October has become a 31-day celebration of all things that go bump in the night.
From theme parks to extravagant home parties, Halloween is much more than trick-or-...