| Feb 10, 2014
| 9:22 AM
Stage 773 has announced the line-up for the second annual “Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival,” a festival dedicated to the geekier sect of the Chicago funny scene, representatives for the venue said on Monday. Including sketch, improv, stand-up and...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 5:00 AM
If you love movies, and you love romance, the DVD world has lots of new releases you can sample, depending on the kind of romantic you are.
If you are a traditionalist, there is the "Keepsake Edition" of the BBC's 5 1/2-hour 1995 version of Jane Austen'...
| 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...
| Jan 31, 2014
The Last Man on Earth by Tracy Anne Warren, Signet Select, 352 pages, $7.99
"Never mix business and pleasure" is an adage that advertising professionals Madelyn Grayson and Zack Douglas throw out the window in "The Last Man on Earth," a contemporary...
| Dec 23, 2013
| 10:54 AM
Book clubs can meet up in public places that serve alcohol, New Yorkers discover. Who knew?
Well, plenty of people, particularly those who attend book clubs in bars in L.A.
On Sunday, the Wall Street Journal reported on four book clubs in New York and...
| 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...
| Jun 13, 2013
| 1:00 PM
The '70s were a tough time to be a chimpanzee in America. Sure, some costarred with Clint Eastwood in movies and on TV in the inexplicable "BJ and the Bear," but the relationship between humans and primates was not a kind one in the scientific world, as...