| Oct 21, 2011
| 8:52 AM
A good anthology is like a dartboard in a crowded bar on a Saturday night. Everybody lines up to take their best shot. Everybody wants the chance to squint, aim and let fly.
The more august and monumental and definitive-seeming the anthology —...
| Oct 25, 2011
| 1:29 PM
TV reporter Janet Davies, wearing a beige jacket and leopard boots, stood behind a wooden podium in a darkened room overlooking Millennium Park on October 12.
"Remember, like Chicago voting, bid and bid often," she said, encouraging an audience of...
| Nov 11, 2011
| 3:10 PM
Lately, I've been trying to cure myself of my packrat tendencies and have been sorting through boxes of papers and mementos I've amassed over the years. In the box I most recently opened, I found an old Comiskey Park ticket stub from a Sox game I attended...
| Dec 21, 2012
| 8:11 PM
Carl Sandburg wrote, "A baby is God's opinion that life should go on."
Oh, God, dear God, what is your opinion about the slaughter of 20 babies and their brave teachers? Is it now your opinion that life should not go on? This is one path some have...
| Dec 28, 2012
| 2:20 PM
Chicago makes a claim on many writers — Nelson Algren, David Mamet, Ernest Hemingway, Carl Sandburg — even if those scribes spent only a portion of their lives within its sweet confines. But Thornton Wilder, the author of such iconic plays...
| Aug 27, 2012
| 8:21 AM
The fall TV season gets underway in September, with the brand new season of "Doctor Who" leading the way. This year the major networks have spread out their new and returning show premieres. If you don't see a series listed here, it's more than likely not...
| Sep 17, 2012
| 3:00 AM
One hundred fifty years ago today, two great armies clashed in a titanic struggle that would decide the fate of a nation. "Around a cornfield and a little white Dunker church, around a stone bridge and in a pasture lane worn by cow paths, surged a human...
| Sep 30, 2012
| 3:15 PM
Since the first train came in 1851, Galesburg has been a railroad town. Carl Sandburg's father worked for the Burlington shops, and today the BNSF Railway Co. is the city's largest employer. As many as 200 trains a day pass through the town on seven...
| Oct 9, 2012
| 4:52 AM
A high school cashier who helped police catch three women after a theft from the southwest suburban school last month has herself been charged with stealing nearly $10,000 in bank deposits from the school, authorities said.
Cheryl L. Becker, 54, of Oak...
| Oct 12, 2012
| 9:27 AM
The prospect of interviewing Don DeLillo produces a certain anxiety. DeLillo, one of the most heralded American novelists of the past 40 years, has a reputation for being inaccessible, emotionally and otherwise. While by no means a recluse like J.D....
| Oct 12, 2012
| 2:46 PM
When author Nami Mun was 13, she ran away from her family's Bronx apartment. She survived by holding down odd jobs and living wherever she could — on benches, in shelters or squatting in abandoned buildings. In her early 20s, she found steady...