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Jonathan Franzen

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  • Technology 2013: The loss of privacy is digitized

    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...
  • In Jennifer Weiner's latest, having everything isn't enough

    In Jennifer Weiner's latest, having everything isn't enough
    Reading one of Jennifer Weiner's contemporary novels of manners is a bit like biting into an apple. The experience is full of flavor, more crisp than juicy, and refreshingly tart. Partly, that's because the novels typically are narrated by a heroine...
  • Ewan McGregor to star in film of Philip Roth's 'American Pastoral'

    Ewan McGregor to star in film of Philip Roth's 'American Pastoral'
    A film version of Philip Roth's 1997 "American Pastoral" has been in the works for ages -- since about the time it won the Pulitzer Prize. But it's getting close.  It's got a director, a script, and a star: Ewan McGregor. McGregor will play the novel's ...
  • Paperback Writers: Classic Patricia Highsmith

    Paperback Writers: Classic Patricia Highsmith
    Guilt was Patricia Highsmith's great theme. In her books even the good know they're not innocent, and they carry an apprehension that they too will be found out. "Night was falling quickly, with visible speed like a black sea creeping over the earth,"...
  • Tribune literary awards go to Sondheim, Franzen, Wilkerson

    Tribune literary awards go to Sondheim, Franzen, Wilkerson
    "Writing" seems an inadequate word to describe what Stephen Sondheim has done, yet it is the breadth, impact and influence of his writing that have won him the 2011 Chicago Tribune Literary Prize for lifetime achievement. The 81-year-old composer and...
  • Bridgeport Catholic Academy's book club

    Bridgeport Catholic Academy's book club
    Our book club is composed of about 20 students in seventh and eighth grades (at the academy, in Chicago). The students are always busy with schoolwork and extracurricular activities, but they find time to tackle the club's extra reading. Our club meets...
  • Western Springs/La Grange book club

    Western Springs/La Grange book club
    Our 15-year-old Western Springs/La Grange book club is modeled on one member's mother's downstate 100-year-old book club. At each monthly meeting, two members present a 20-minute review of a book of their choice. Twice a year we discuss a book we've...
  • 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...
  • Bonza! Bookclub

    Bonza! Bookclub
    Our book club began in 1988. We meet monthly for dinner and discussion. We alternate meetings between Chicago and Oak Park. The name of our club has changed a couple of times. Now we've settled on The Bonza! Bookclub (from "A Town Like Alice" by Nevil...
  • Tribune recognizes the word well-written

    Tribune recognizes the word well-written
    On Nov. 3, 2002, Arthur Miller stepped up to the Armour Stage at Symphony Center, stood at the podium and read from his book "On Politics and the Art of Acting," in which he explored the American political stage. As inaugural winner of the Tribune...