| Feb 6, 2013
| 6:42 PM
We copy editors like to think of ourselves as guarantors of accuracy, protectors of the reader, guardians of the language, and other noble roles. But the plain fact is that our basic task is to keep people from making asses of themselves in public. ...
| Jul 29, 2011
| 12:49 PM
We call ourselves the "Diving Club," which leads some people to think our club is of an aquatic nature, but the name actually refers to the fact that we dive right into whatever we're reading. We started out in 2000 as a neighborhood Bible study of...
| Aug 10, 2012
| 3:29 PM
In 2008, when Malcolm Gladwell wrote a New Yorker essay called “Late Bloomers,” author Ben Fountain served as exhibit A. The story outlined how Fountain had given up a solid legal career to pursue writing. After 18 years — during which...
| Jul 29, 2011
| 11:00 AM
Our book club has only three members. We work at the same company, which allows for ongoing discussion of the book as we read. We've been together for almost four years and are on our 38th book.
Sometimes our book selection inspires field trips....
| Jan 4, 2012
When it comes to sportswriting, I tend to subscribe to George Plimpton's small-ball theory: The smaller the ball, the better the writing about the sport. This has a lot to do with my own biases (I'm a baseball fan, not much interest in basketball or...
| Oct 27, 2010
| 3:50 PM
"Little Vampire Women"
By Louisa May Alcott and Lynn Messina
HarperTeen, 320 pages, $8.99
"Pride and Prejudice and Zombies"
By Jane Austen and Seth Graeme Smith
uirk Books, 319 pages, $24.95
"Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter"
By Seth Grahame Smith...
| Jul 1, 2011
| 10:07 AM
TORONTO — Luminato, the festival of arts, culture and ideas that just concluded in Canada's largest city, has only been held for four years. But this citywide extravaganza already attracts a collective audience in excess of 1 million and spends...
| Apr 3, 2012
| 1:13 PM
Our group is ALIOS, which stands for "A Little Island of Sanity." We are nine Lombard women who have been meeting in our homes since September 2005.
Favorite book: "Outliers" by Malcolm Gladwell. We spent most of the evening talking about it,...
| Oct 8, 2010
| 4:35 PM
Three episodes into its fifth season, "30 Rock" is in peak form. The series had some wobbly moments last season, but ended on a high note that seems to be continuing -- last week's episode, with a memorable guest spot......
| Oct 23, 2010
| 4:32 PM
Praise the Lord and power down your iPod, Reverend Billy is here to save your bar-coded soul. The activist pastor and his Life After Shopping gospel choir rocked the REDCAT house (twice) on Thursday night in âThe Earth-a-llujah Earth-a-llujah Revival,â...
| Nov 3, 2010
| 4:32 PM
There's nothing quite as much fun as watching the election returns on CNN, whose newsroom, packed with all sorts of goofy push-button video monitors and high-tech gadgetry, looks like it could double as the set for the next "Star Trek"......