| Aug 3, 2013
| 7:23 AM
There is a man on a train and in an office and on a farm in "The Man in the Silo," and moviegoers will recognize him immediately as Ernie Hudson, and recall his fine work in such movies as "Ghostbusters" and such television series as "Oz."
"The Man in...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
In the new sci-fi movie "Oblivion," Earth's most precious resource is Tom Cruise. But running a close second (spoiler alert) is water. Aliens want it. All of it.
This is old hat, science fiction-wise. In "The War of the Worlds," H.G. Wells had Martians...
| Sep 22, 2013
Jhumpa Lahiri, who at 46 has already won a Pulitzer Prize (for her first book, the 1999 story collection "Interpreter of Maladies"), and was recently shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize (for her new novel, "The Lowland"), does a number of things...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 3:26 PM
Early on in "The Salinger Contract," the new book from acclaimed novelist and West Rogers Park native Adam Langer, the protagonist, a character also named "Adam Langer," stumbles across the truth about J.D. Salinger. He discovers why Salinger seemingly...
| Sep 17, 2013
| 2:45 PM
To survey the Gettysburg Battlefield — strikingly quiet when I was last there — is to feel the weight of history in an unusually intense way. There is something about this particular patch of Pennsylvania grass that takes the sprawling Civil...
| Sep 13, 2013
What have we learned about our country, about ourselves, in the 12 years since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks? And what have we given up in those years, through manipulation and fear?
I began drifting over this idea while listening to a man on the radio...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 5:06 AM
Just like fashions that come back in style, we are moving forward with bringing back an old newspaper idea.
Earlier this summer, I presented to you all a plan to include two additional pages in Tuesday and Wednesday editions of the Petoskey News-Review...
| Sep 4, 2013
| 3:14 PM
A truly international response to Syria's use of chemical weapons is needed. Yet confusion reigns because Earth is a closed system of leaders and followers, and alliances and counter-alliances. But what if the threat to world stability were coming from...
| Aug 30, 2013
| 10:34 AM
Yes, yes and yes!
I had read Lifestyle colleagues’ stories about the Hub Opera Ensemble. Friends who had attended performances told me how good they were.
I had to see for myself.
Seeing — and...
| Aug 13, 2013
| 6:11 PM
Matt Damon, who recently announced his breakup with President Barack Obama, is downplaying the heavy-handed politics in "Elysium," his new sci-fi summer action movie.
Of course, that's just plain Hollywood nonsense. "Elysium" is highly political. But...
| Nov 5, 2011
In 2003, Dana Gioia walked onto the battlefield that was the National Endowment for the Arts and brokered a peace. He chaired the NEA for six years, longer than the Civil War. The George W. Bush appointee increased the agency's budget and worked to...