| Nov 22, 2013
When it comes to recommending books, I'm often hesitant to reach for collections of short stories because when I talk to readers — even very dedicated and passionate readers — they often tell me that they'll read just about anything, "except...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 12:10 PM
Probably the least important thing worth saying about Hilton Als' "White Girls" is that it's the best book of the year. I think it is, but these essays — hostile, intimate, whip-smart — brush aside such accolades. They refuse tidy conclusions,...
| Oct 15, 2013
| 7:30 AM
Rufus Norris, who began his career as an actor before turning to directing, has been tapped to succeed Nicholas Hytner as the new director of Britain's presitigious National Theatre.
Norris is expected to assume his new role when Hytner steps down at...
| Oct 15, 2013
| 10:30 AM
London's National Theater, the prominent government-subsidized legit company responsible for numerous Broadway transfers and an increasingly prominent series of HD cinemacasts, has tapped helmer Rufus Norris as the org's new topper.
Norris, who's been an...
| Aug 11, 2013
Susan O'Halloran writes about searching as a child for "models of whiteness to be proud of."
She was an Irish-Catholic kid growing up in the '50s and '60s on Chicago's vehemently segregated Southwest Side. She recalls her neighbors and relatives...
| Aug 26, 2013
| 8:25 PM
Center fielder Breland Almadova laced a bases-loaded single to right field in the bottom of the ninth as the South Bend Silver Hawks snapped an eight-game losing streak with a thrilling 8-7 victory over the Great Lakes Loons. Left fielder Mike Lang...
| Aug 27, 2013
| 12:58 PM
They're both in their 70s now, seasoned men of jazz who are entitled to kick back, relax and enjoy the admiration they command around the world.
But Wadada Leo Smith and Ramsey Lewis seem to be turning up the dial, and the premieres they'll present this...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 8:09 PM
SOUTH BEND -- Braden Shipley threw seven dominant innings and right fielder Socrates Brito launched a key two-run homer as the South Bend Silver Hawks defeated the Great Lakes Loons 5-1. The win inaugurated the newly rechristened Four Winds Field at...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
August 28, 1963. I remember it well. And how wrong I was to be worried about how it would turn out. Hundreds of thousands of protesters massed on the National Mall in the sweltering heat of late August in Washington? Visions of the nation's capital in...
| Jun 14, 2013
| 8:12 AM
Genre mash-ups are de rigueur these days. Of course, writers like Margaret Atwood have been tight-roping the misty border between literary fiction and speculative fiction, fantasy and mystery for years. But a new outcropping of younger upstarts, such as...
| Jun 4, 2013
| 7:59 AM
He is the poet laureate of Chicago jazz and blues, a man who conveys in words as much melody and rhythm as the musicians he immortalizes in print.
For more than four decades, Sterling Plumpp has transformed the sounds of Chicago jazz giants – such...