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  • Truth has not got its boots on

    Writing at the Daily Dot, EJ Dickson confesses to perpetrating a fraud: planting a false entry in Wikipedia about the Amelia Bedelia children's books saying that the character is based on a maid in Cameroon.
  • 10 things you might not know about Chicago restaurants

    10 things you might not know about Chicago restaurants
    In honor of Taste of Chicago, running Wednesday through Sunday, let's take a look at the city's savory restaurants and their sometimes unsavory customers. Eat it up: 1/ Charlie Trotter, the influential Chicago restaurateur who died last year, once...

    14 things you don't know about James M. Cain

    Today is James M. Cain's birthday; the titan of noir writing was born July 1, 1892. The longtime writer is best known for three books that were made into now-classic films: "The Postman Always Rings Twice," "Mildren Pierce" and  "Double Indemnity." Born...

    A symphony of sympathy, but right note elusive

    A symphony of sympathy, but right note elusive
    The perfect sympathy card is any sympathy card you get around to sending. I give myself this lecture every time I go in search of the perfect condolence card, which these days is too often. Don't be so picky, I tell myself. Choose a card, any card. I...

    Not by letters alone

    Print is another country, and from the time we first discover the correspondences between the world of the senses and the shapes of letters, we explore a parallel landscape.  Speech we begin to learn before we can even walk, but reading and writing take...