| Feb 14, 2014
| 2:13 PM
If binge-watching the second season of "House of Cards," Netflix's misanthropic political thriller, isn't your idea of romance, take heart: There are plenty of other shows that celebrate love in its myriad forms available for you to binge-watch this...
| Feb 7, 2014
Memoir has become popular enough to spawn a variety of subgenres, from chronicles of childhood abuse to accounts of late-life dementia. The literary memoir, featuring the coming-of-age stories of writers, has birthed its own derivative specialties. One of...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 8:22 AM
From the title, it's a pretty good bet you won't confuse this with a Jane Austen story. That's also confirmed by the presence of action staple Dolph Lundgren, playing a criminal with a vendetta against a war veteran (Cung Le).
The ex-soldier's PTSD isn'...
| 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 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 16, 2013
| 12:10 PM
Jane Austen was born on this day in 1775. Happy 238th birthday, Jane Austen!
Austen, of course, was the author of novels that have endured and delighted for centuries. Her biggest hits are "Pride and Prejudice," "Emma" and "Sense and Sensibility" --...