| Feb 19, 2013
| 6:00 AM
It's almost as if Kevin Smokler found himself in 30-something detention: well into adulthood, he was sentenced to go back and re-read the books he read in high school English class. He might have escaped if he hadn't been passing notes in class written...
| 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...
| May 20, 2013
| 4:10 PM
A committee building a new memorial in Annapolis has extended the deadline for names of those who took part in the August 1963 March on Washington, where the Rev. Martin Luther King gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech.
The committee had initially...
| Oct 19, 2012
| 2:12 PM
Maxine Hong Kingston's most recent book, "I Love a Broad Margin to My Life" — possibly the last from this pioneering Chinese-American novelist, memoirist, poet and activist — includes a glossary to help readers with all the loan words.
| Oct 29, 2012
| 12:18 PM
Kalamazoo Township Police Department is asking for help finding a man who has been missing for four days, according to his family.
Family members say James William Baldwin, 39, was last seen on Friday, Oct. 26 in the early the evening. He's said to be...
| Mar 26, 2013
| 2:03 PM
These are very sweet days for Sugar Blue.
In a few months, he'll be a father once more, his wife and bass player Ilaria Lantieri expecting their first child together in late May or early June.
In the meantime, the two — who own a home in...
| Oct 5, 2010
| 6:26 PM
'The Thieves of Manhattan: A Novel'
By Adam Langer Spiegel & Grau, 259 pp., $24
By their chunky glasses, facial scruff, skinny jeans, and iPhones you shall know them: New York’s latest crop of aspiring male fiction writers, fresh from the provinces...
| Aug 15, 2012
Actor played Arnold Horshack on 'Kotter'
Ron Palillo, 63, an actor whose signature role was Arnold Horshack in the 1970s TV sitcom "Welcome Back, Kotter," died Tuesday of a heart attack in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., said his agent, Jackie...
| Jul 4, 2012
| 4:36 PM
The Library of Congress' list of 88 books that shaped America includes poetry, novels, nonfiction, a play, a polemic, books of science and grammar, cookbooks and children's books. What's it missing?...
| Oct 24, 2011
| 9:32 PM
Christopher Knight reviews Glenn Ligon's mid-career retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art...
| Dec 15, 2011
| 9:36 PM
The underground hip-hop Project Blowed turns 17 -- with parties at the House of Blues on the Strip and the HOB in Anaheim. Also, Pop & Hiss looks back at some of the best projects released by Blowedians (almost all of whom will be playing the...