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  • Mark Twain's Spirit-Related Programs Include A Talk By 'Picture The Dead' Author Lisa Brown

    Mark Twain's Spirit-Related Programs Include A Talk By 'Picture The Dead' Author Lisa Brown
    It's nearly October and you know what that means, time for ghosts and goblins and spirits that bump in the night. And of course the Mark Twain House & Museum is more than ready to celebrate the eerie and the unexplainable. In conjunction with its soon-...
  • Good eggs, cracks and all

    Good eggs, cracks and all
    Posh is telling me how she knows someone who knows someone with "a farm in mid-state," where if you give the woman empty egg cartons, she'll fill them with fresh eggs for free. "Wonder if you gave her an empty bacon package?" I ask. "Yeah, Mom, would...
  • 'Bossypants' an entertaining but safe foray into Fey's life

    Tina Fey doesn't tell a lot of stories on herself, not really, in her new book "Bossypants," which is actually bits of so many books that it could be placed fairly in Memoirs, Management, Women's studies, Comedy, or that section where they give you book...
  • How to answer "What do you do?"

    Have you ever noticed how even the most introverted guests on talk shows always have such great stories? Is it because they have more charisma or can think better on their feet? No. These "impromptu" stories are well rehearsed. In fact, your favorite...
  • Ken Burns: The public's filmmaker

    Ken Burns is a matchmaker with a camera. He has introduced Americans to themselves, to their history, with documentaries such as "The Civil War." He also used the "pan and scan" camera technique to make still images of the long-dead seem alive on the...
  • Gregory Rodriguez: A political history lesson

    Gregory Rodriguez: A political history lesson
    God bless the American media. Over the last two weeks, thousands of well-educated journalists and political experts have made their mortgage payments by commenting on the antics of an idiot congressman who tweeted a picture of his genitals, and an idiot...
  • An invisible man, live on stage

    An invisible man, live on stage
    Can you do a play about an invisible man? About an African-American whom others simply refuse to see? Ralph Ellison, it seems fair to surmise, thought probably not. Not well, anyway. Not something that would do justice to the moment, shortly after the end...
  • American paradox: Political correctness coexists with extreme vulgarity

    Our society has pulled off quite the paradoxical feat, being at once tolerant of rampant, base vulgarity and sensitive to the slightest slur. It's much like the Orwellian "doublethink," wherein one can hold two opposing ideas at the same time, believing...
  • Patt Morrison Asks: Canon lawyer, Bert Fields

    Patt Morrison Asks: Canon lawyer, Bert Fields
    Who wrote Shakespeare? Sounds like "Who's buried in Grant's tomb?" Yet about 150 years ago, people on both sides of the Atlantic began asking how an otherwise obscure William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon could have crafted the most brilliant works...
  • Chick-fil-A president crossed a danger line

    Chick-fil-A president crossed a danger line
    Despite decades if not centuries of bitter experience, business leaders apparently haven't absorbed the lesson that it's best to let your products speak for themselves and keep your big mouth shut. The latest executive to learn this the hard way is...
  • Master and slaves, no longer bonded

    Master and slaves, no longer bonded
      One could never accuse Northlight Theatre of a lack of eclecticism in its programming. In a matter of weeks, subscribers there in Skokie have gone from chortling at Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple," of all things, to a drama that begins with the...