| 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...
| Jul 11, 2014
Ruth Graham recently declared in Slate that adults who read young adult literature should be "embarrassed when what you're reading was written for children."
The outrage was swift and predictable. As of this writing, there are more than 3,000 comments...
| Dec 12, 2013
By now, you've probably all thoroughly digested Jeff Bezos' "60 Minutes" bombshell that he foresees a future in which Amazon delivers books via drones.
The reactions seemed to range from "that's awesome" to "that's idiotic" to "that's impossible."
| Oct 27, 2012
| 7:29 PM
This is a hard book to read, because while the story compels readers to read with urgency, the linguistic prowess is so stunning that one is forced to slow down and reread passages.
Narrated by Dell Parsons, surely one of the most memorable characters in...
| Mar 1, 2014
How can a novel feel so suspenseful yet its plot seem so beside the point? How can a work of fiction be so slender yet so broad in scope? Only a great talent like Yiyun Li could perform this magic.
The story seems straightforward. Four adolescents...
| Jun 23, 2014
| 5:46 AM
When conversation about World War II turns toward the East, toward Asia, attention generally focuses on the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Battle of Iwo Jima or the horrors of Nagasaki and Hiroshima.
The island of Okinawa seems far away, far in the distant...
| Apr 11, 2014
My last semester of college I took an oil painting class for students whose major was not art. I was an abstract expressionist by default because my ability to draw is roughly the equivalent of a 4-year-old working with his nondominant hand.
| Aug 3, 2014
Book lovers who head out to visit authors' homes, museums and gravesites are part of a new chapter in travel called "literary tourism."
Some focus their storied journeys on places and events featured in works of fiction, (think "Da Vinci Code" tours...
| Jul 31, 2014
| 10:19 AM
Better than average historical fiction, "Half of a Yellow Sun" (now in a week's run at the Siskel Film Center) takes its cruelly hopeful title from the flag of Biafra depicting the upper half of a rising sun against bold stripes of red, black and green....
| Jul 31, 2014
| 4:49 PM
Film noir is, by definition, a dark genre, and there is a trio of new DVDs that, by bleak coincidence, all begin with the letter D.
"Dark Crimes: Film Noir Thrillers Volume Two" is the latest offering from TCM's Vault Collection. It features a pair of...
| Dec 24, 2013
| 11:43 AM
The digital video disc was introduced to America in the late 1990s and, for no good reason at all, people started switching from VHS to DVD.
Several years after that, our kids got it into their heads that my wife and I should try to join the 21st...