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  • Q&A: Donna Tartt on 'The Goldfinch'

    Q&A: Donna Tartt on 'The Goldfinch'
    Novelist Donna Tartt doesn't publish very often — her engrossing new book, “The Goldfinch,” is her first since 2002's “The Little Friend,” which itself trailed her wildly popular fictional debut, “The Secret History,&...
  • Math concepts in 'A Parallelogram' a challenge to some audiences

    Math concepts in 'A Parallelogram' a challenge to some audiences
    A refresher course in high school geometry isn't a prerequisite for "A Parallelogram," the play by Pulitzer Prize-winner Bruce Norris running at the Mark Taper Forum. But it certainly wouldn't hurt. The four actors in Norris' strange, ambiguous domestic...
  • What your 'unread books' list reveals

    What your 'unread books' list reveals
    I could tell you that I loved "The Portrait of a Lady," "War and Peace” and “Pride and Prejudice,” but, really, what's the point? Among book lovers of my general description (female, 40-something, recovering English major) these books...
  • Junot Diaz is a Poetry Genius

    Junot Diaz is a Poetry Genius
    Rap Genius is a deceptively simple idea started by three friends from Yale: a website where users could make their own pop-up annotations to the lyrics of their favorite rap songs, with the most popular crowd-sourced explanations rising to the top. For...
  • Finding a Guatemalan village -- in Germany's book mecca

    Finding a Guatemalan village -- in Germany's book mecca
    Frankfurt is a thriving financial center on the Main River that some Germans have taken to calling “Bankfurt,” but the locals take greater pride in their literary culture. Among other things, the father of German letters, Johann Wolfgang von...
  • Technology 2013: The loss of privacy is digitized

    The setting: a gloomy metropolis in the not-too-distant future. Endless rows of identically clad proles sit before a giant screen, watching Big Brother rant about the virtues of group think. "We are one people with one will, one resolve, one cause!" he...
  • The Miami Book Fair 2010: A Visit From the Good Squad

    The lineup for the 27th Miami Book Fair International is as impressive as any I’ve seen. Catering to readers with both catholic and provincial tastes in literature, the Book Fair is also the rare event that would present the hawkish ex-president ...
  • What's to like about Jonathan Franzen's Freedom and Arcade Fire's The Suburbs?

    What's to like about Jonathan Franzen's Freedom and Arcade Fire's The Suburbs?
    A few months back, Salon book critic Laura Miller posted an essay titled “Why must a novel’s characters be likable?” that was spurred by her reading of Jonathan Franzen’s widely heralded and exhaustingly debated novel Freedom,...
  • The Buckingham Book Club

    The Buckingham Book Club
    Our book club is a 17-member city book club, begun 16 years ago in The Buckingham Condominium on East Randolph Street, evolving to include friends from other buildings. We mostly focus on current culture, a delightful example being "Major Pettigrew's...
  • Rudin-Norris spat rivets Broadway

    In a blockbuster scoop this morning that had Broadway people choking on their cornflakes, New York Post columnist Michael Riedel reported that the powerful New York producer Scott Rudin had angrily pulled the plug on his upcoming Broadway production of...
  • A July Fourth reading list

    A July Fourth reading list
    In celebration of July Fourth, Printers Row set out to create a reading list of patriotic books. But, how to define "patriotic"? We decided to have each contributing Tribune writer and editor pick a title that corresponds to his or her own definition....