| May 24, 2013
A mother and daughter anxiously scan the aisles of an Israeli supermarket. They're not looking for fresh produce but rather a clandestine glimpse of a young man a matchmaker has proposed as a potential husband for the daughter. The mother's eye is...
| May 18, 2013
| 6:45 AM
Vincent Kartheiser will swap his sharp suits for ruffles and coattails. The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis announced that the “Mad Men” star will play Mr. Darcy in its summer production of “Pride and Prejudice.”
The adaptation by...
| May 13, 2013
| 10:30 AM
"And So It Goes"
Director: Rob Reiner
Producers: Alan Greisman, Rob Reiner, Mark Damon
Cast: Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton
An egocentric real estate agentâs life is turned upside down when he takes in a granddaughter he never knew, and unexpectedly...
| May 15, 2013
| 4:05 PM
"A library should be the heart of a city." Steven S. Choi, mayor of Irvine, said this in his Jan. 29 article in the Orange County Register. This is a theme that has been repeated many times by those who know the benefits of libraries, who know that even...
| Jun 21, 2013
| 8:53 AM
I've been dreading this one. My Printers Row Journal overlords — I mean editors — have been asking me to follow up on my recommendations. I did a similar column just over a year ago, and the reviews were mostly positive, but one just never...
| Jun 21, 2013
| 9:13 AM
The '70s were a tough time to be a chimpanzee in America. Sure, some co-starred with Clint Eastwood in movies and on TV in the inexplicable "B.J. and the Bear," but the relationship between humans and other primates was not a kind one in the scientific...
| May 8, 2013
| 2:53 PM
Less than a year after “The Great Gatsby” was published in 1925, F. Scott Fitzgerald was paid $16,666 for the film rights. “Come and see it all!” beckons the trailer for the silent film. “And enjoy the entertainment thrill of...
| May 9, 2013
| 2:18 PM
(This selection is edited for clarity and length.)
What do you think of when you think of Chicago?
Oddly enough, the 1860 Republican convention that nominated Abraham Lincoln.
Who is an author you'd like to meet, dead or alive?...
| May 10, 2013
| 9:56 AM
Should we condemn Mrs. Bennet, the hilariously inept matchmaker in Jane Austen's “Pride and Prejudice,” for repeatedly sabotaging her daughters' prospects with her own uncouth behavior and transparent gold-digging?
Or should we commend her...
| May 25, 2013
| 11:30 AM
Between 1920 and 1930, there were three writers with at least five books in the list of 10 best-selling books, according to Publishers Weekly. Two of them are Zane Grey and Sinclair Lewis. The other is Warwick Deeping.
| May 12, 2013
It's now the second Sunday
In the merry month of May,
And all know that's the one day
Designated "Mother's Day."
You simply can't ignore it;
All around your neighborhood
Seems everyone is for it,
This salute to motherhood....