| Apr 25, 2014
Given that each broadcast of Garrison Keillor's long-running radio show, "A Prairie Home Companion," is itself a kind of anthology — a grab-bag of music, comedy skits and a centerpiece monologue, "The News From Lake Wobegon" — it seems...
| Jul 30, 2014
| 1:15 PM
James Baldwin's 90th birthday falls this week, and to mark the occasion, I've been listening to him read. The source? “Calliope Author Readings,” a set of two CDs, recorded in the early 1960s and featuring, among other highlights, two tour...
| Feb 24, 2014
A weekly listing of intriguing, wacky, useful, provocative and otherwise interesting links that readers and I have come across and think you might want to see. Penn & Teller's popular Showtime series devoted to debunking popularly held views -- let's........
| Mar 12, 2013
| 3:01 PM
During the 2012 presidential election, Republican candidate Mitt Romney's openness about his Mormon faith brought to the surface many of the generalizations Americans maintain about what it means to be a Mormon. Ryan McIlvain's debut novel "Elders"...
| Mar 13, 2013
| 1:14 PM
The traditionally staid American Academy of Arts and Letters is both charmed and flummoxed by Bob Dylan. The academy announced Wednesday that it voted the musician into its ranks -- its first rock musician ever. But he will be an honorary member: Not...
| Jan 3, 2014
| 7:00 AM
Sheldon Cooper, top nerd on "The Big Bang," jokes about neutrinos. So did John Updike in the witty short poem "Cosmic Gall," printed in 1960 in the New Yorker. But Canadian astrophysicist Ray Jayawardhana suggests we take them seriously indeed in...
| Aug 5, 2013
| 6:13 AM
Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a relatively obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar, another brick to add to the wall of your working vocabulary. This week's word: PULE Whining is an annoying tone that gets on the nerves,...
| Aug 16, 2013
| 9:00 AM
Back in 2000, when John Updike assembled "The Best American Short Stories of the Century," he included "Death of a Favorite," by J.F. Powers. Interviewing Updike at the time, I mentioned how pleased I was to see Powers in the collection. "He was once, you...
| Aug 19, 2013
| 1:34 PM
Many years ago I met a reader who told me a story about one of my own books. My first novel “The Tattooed Soldier” was new then, having recently been published by a small house in upstate New York. I was just coming to terms, then, with the...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 9:04 AM
When America was attacked on 9/11, it seemed as if words might fail. But in trying to understand that tragedy and what it meant, words have served us well. Here are some literary links for the 12th anniversary of those attacks in 2001.
"Every year I...
| Sep 15, 2013
Like many people in the publishing world, Amy Grace Loyd always wanted to be a writer. But unlike most of her colleagues, Loyd has managed to make her ultimate goal — publishing her own fiction, rather than someone else’s — a reality....