| Mar 8, 2013
| 2:42 PM
Apparently, we're in them midst of a short story boomlet. I know this because The New York Times told me so in a recent article, "Good Fit for Today's Little Screens: Short Stories."
I tend to put little trust in trend pieces. If I believed every...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 1:23 PM
Earlier this week in Boston, I ducked into Raven Used Books on Newbury Street and found a stack of pamphlets, emblazoned with the logo “One City One Story,” in a loose pile by the front door. They were free, a giveaway sponsored by the...
| Dec 13, 2013
| 1:30 PM
Before Patti Smith, before Allen Ginsberg, before Thomas Wolfe, before O. Henry, the Chelsea Hotel was populated by 80 convivial families of various levels of wealth, brought together by an idealistic board partly inspired by a French philosopher so...
| Jul 26, 2013
| 8:59 AM
Short version: Why are you reading this, when there’s a new Guy Davenport anthology?
This piece first ran in Printers Row Journal, delivered to Printers Row members with the Sunday Chicago Tribune and by digital edition via...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 9:53 AM
Good Sunday morning, only three days left ’til Christmas. Still plenty of time to hustle and bustle. But once the holiday arrives and everyone’s all settled in, steal a little time for a story. You already know the classics: “The Gift of...
| Jun 1, 2011
| 2:31 PM
Late on a weekday afternoon, we called John Sayles, the independent's independent, the pragmatist's pragmatist. He was on the outskirts of Boise, in the passenger's seat of a rented Prius, beside Maggie Renzi, his longtime partner and producer. He's tall,...
| Nov 23, 2011
| 7:36 PM
It doesn't take a calendar to know the holidays are here.
Laguna's holiday palettes are hanging from city lampposts; the Sawdust Festival's Winter Fantasy adds sparkle to the town; we are all eating turkey sandwiches; and Santa Claus is coming to town....
| Jun 6, 2012
| 11:43 AM
Ray Bradbury, the writer whose expansive flights of fantasy and vividly rendered space-scapes have provided the world with one of the most enduring speculative blueprints for the future, has died. He was 91.
Bradbury died Tuesday night in Los Angeles,...
| Jun 5, 2012
| 10:59 AM
Ray Bradbury, the science fiction genius, has died at age 91. He wrote classics such as “The Martian Chronicles” and “Fahrenheit 451,” as well as dozens of fantastic short stories. My personal favorite was “Something Wicked...
| Nov 21, 2012
| 10:33 AM
Chicago has a plethora of holiday shows each and every year — and I’ll be reviewing enough of them over the next couple of weeks to put Rudolph in rehab. But based on many years of seasonal theater-going, here are 10 of our potential favorites...
| Jan 10, 2011
A MacArthur "Genius Grant" fellow, an award-winning short-story writer and a debut novelist are the finalists for the 2010 Story Prize, it was announced Monday. The Story Prize provides a $20,000 award to the author of a collection of short......