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  • Time Machine: H.L. Mencken's 1925 review of 'The Great Gatsby'

    Time Machine: H.L. Mencken's 1925 review of 'The Great Gatsby'
    Time Machine is a new Printers Row Journal feature offering a look at past Tribune books coverage. This week, we offer H.L. Mencken's 1925 review of “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
  • Beyonce and Jay Z -- headed for Splitsville, or not?

    "ADULTERY IS the application of democracy to love." -- H.L. Mencken SPEAKING OF Beyonce and Jay Z ... no, no -- just kidding! But the fact is, the question of whether or not this powerhouse couple is on the verge of breaking up -- at least according...

    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...

    English is a big language

    A recent article at Slate by Gretchen McCulloch, "Why Do You Think You're Right About Language? You're Not," prompts some fruitful thinking about idiolects.  An idiolect is "not just vocabulary; it's everything from how we pronounce certain words to how...