| Apr 3, 2012
| 12:35 PM
Lucas Neff, a born-and-raised Chicago actor, was fortunate enough to snag a leading role in a popular TV sitcom, "Raising Hope" on the Fox network. He plays a lovable but generally clueless young man, a role that, in the great scheme of the...
| Nov 4, 2011
| 8:43 AM
In every life, a little fall must reign.
One slip, one missed opportunity, one hesitation or wrong turn can haunt you forever, casting an intractable shadow over the rest of your days. The words "if only" are never far from anyone's thoughts.
| Sep 23, 2011
| 7:53 AM
"The Lost Memory of Skin" (Ecco) by Russell Banks. Coming Tuesday. Banks, one of our finest and most adventurous novelists, is not afraid to tackle big, tough topics that persistently bedevil the human species, and with his 17th book, he has...
| Dec 28, 2011
| 4:37 PM
My favorite books this year are all fantasies.
"The Night Circus" by Erin Morgenstern, published by Doubleday, is about the most amazing circus ever. "A Discovery of Witches" by Deborah Harkness, Viking, is the start of a series about the love story...
| Jan 11, 2012
| 1:36 AM
“Twenty-three skidoo, hepcat. You’re the cat’s pajamas.”
That’s what I would say to my dad when I was a teenager and he would tell me stories, in all the swingin’ lingo of his salad days, about the late 1940s, back...
| Oct 30, 2012
| 11:54 AM
"The Walnut Tree" by Charles Todd, William Morrow, 256 pages, $16.99..
July 1914, France. Lady Elspeth Douglas lives in England. She is visiting Madeleine Villard, a former classmate who lives in Paris. Elspeth has always had a crush on Madeleine's...
| Sep 28, 2012
Because the good-looking, well-liked kids crave even more validation than they get simply by walking through the halls, many high schools hold elections about this time every fall to name a homecoming king and queen.
Some students take this ritual very...
| Aug 8, 2012
| 9:55 PM
With Christopher Nolan declaring himself out of the running for "Justice League," Warner Bros. has approached another of its go-to directors in Ben Affleck, who's expected to discuss the project with studio brass in the coming days, multiple sources...
| Feb 8, 2013
| 9:51 AM
That's what the guy who sat behind me said as I settled into a matinee performance of "The Motherf***er With the Hat" at the Steppenwolf Theatre recently: "Whoa, will you look at that? That is something. That is large. I wonder what that'll do?...
| Nov 10, 2012
I wrestle with my demons just like everybody else, addicted as I am to Mariel Hemingway movies and those little "fun-sized" Snickers bars, of which several trillion are floating around in these weeks after Halloween.
Airlift them to Cuba. Put them in...
| Nov 16, 2012
| 3:19 PM
Until recently I owned just two books that were composed of little else but pictures of people's bookshelves. Not nearly enough. One book I received last year for Christmas, a compendium of pictures of author's bookshelves, a sort of literary...