| 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-...
| Oct 2, 2013
Mark Fajardo's first weeks in the very public job of Los Angeles County coroner coincided with the deaths of two TV actors — one from "That '70s Show" and another from "Rizzoli & Isles" — and the toxicology report from the car-crash death of...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...