| Mar 19, 2014
| 4:09 PM
LONDON — Trying not to be penny-wise but pound-foolish, Britain announced Wednesday that it will ditch its venerable round 1-pound coin in favor of a new 12-sided model specially designed to foil counterfeiters.
The new piece, to enter circulation...
| Mar 13, 2014
| 12:54 PM
The veteran Chicago actor Larry Yando, best known currently for his annual turn as Ebenezer Scrooge at the Goodman Theatre, will play King Lear in a new production of William Shakespeare's tragedy directed by Barbara Gaines, Chicago Shakespeare...
| Mar 13, 2014
| 5:25 PM
"Le Week-End" is a sour and misanthropic film masquerading as an honest and sensitive romance. A painful and unremittingly bleak look at a difficult marriage, it wants us to sit through a range of domestic horrors without offering much of anything as a...
| May 30, 2014
| 8:15 AM
P.G. Wodehouse's advice on novel writing in his Paris Review interview has useful applications for journalism:
"Always get to the dialogue as soon as possible. I always feel the thing to go for is speed. Nothing puts the reader off more than a great...
| May 15, 2014
| 1:02 PM
The Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin has acquired the archives of Man Booker prize-winning author Ian McEwan. It's the latest addition to the center's significant collection of the papers of modern and contemporary authors, including...
| May 16, 2014
| 8:30 AM
An event that could hardly be described as a laughing matter somehow yields a dryly amusing and characteristically layered reflection on the absurdity of what humans call love in "Amour fou," Jessica Hausner's slow-building portrait of the German Romantic...
| May 21, 2014
| 3:26 PM
Godzilla * * 1/2
El monstruo que los japoneses crearon en 1954 para exorcizar los traumas que originó la bomba atómica sobre Hiroshima, ha sido replicado dos veces por Hollywood con dudosos resultados. El fracasado intento que Roland Emmerich...
| May 23, 2014
| 9:36 AM
Who am I
Susan Dennison from Chicago
One unique thing about me
I don't remember ever not reading. I was fortunate to have teachers and a librarian in elementary school who encouraged me to read.
This piece first ran in...
| May 8, 2014
| 5:29 PM
Alicia Silverstone and her costars had a "Clueless" reunion at a special screening of the 1995 hit comedy that's credited with launching the phrases "my bad" and "as if" into the mainstream vernacular.
The actress, 37, who played blond Beverly Hills...
| Jul 14, 2014
| 6:15 PM
From childhood, Nadine Gordimer understood the cruelties of apartheid.
"I went to the Convent of Our Lady of Mercy," the daughter of poor South African whites recalled years ago, "but there was no mercy for blacks. I went to dancing classes, blacks were...
| Jul 17, 2014
| 8:03 PM
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