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  • Readers of the Week: The Book Club

    Readers of the Week: The Book Club
    Our club: We are The Book Club in the Fox River Valley and have been meeting since 1972. Five of our eight original members are still active. We now have 17 members and have read over 400 books. Our meetings: We meet once a month. The hostess is never...
  • Review: 'The Dream of the Great American Novel' by Lawrence Buell

    Review: 'The Dream of the Great American Novel' by Lawrence Buell
    This is an ambitious work about an enduring ambition — "The Dream of the Great American Novel." As Lawrence Buell's title suggests, there's something both wide-eyed and not-quite-actual about the idea of the G.A.N., an abbreviation first coined by...
  • The 'Tastemaker' paints Carl Van Vechten as cultural impressario of his time

    Although he would hardly cause a blip on cultural radar screens today, Carl Van Vechten was, at various stages of his long and storied life, a journalist, provocateur, novelist, nightlife denizen, music and theater critic, confidant to Gertrude Stein,...
  • Zora Neale Hurston, author, dazzler, gets a Google Doodle

    Zora Neale Hurston, author, dazzler, gets a Google Doodle
    Zora Neale Hurston, celebrated Tuesday in a Google Doodle, died in 1960 in a welfare home after giving the world some of its greatest literature. Although her greatest renown came after death, in life the African American novelist and anthropologist was a...
  • Review: 'Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley' recalls a trailblazer

    Review: 'Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley' recalls a trailblazer
    "Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley," in which the former directs a film about the latter, premieres Monday on HBO. It is an homage and a celebration, with something of a high-class homemade feel. The first black female comic to make it in the...
  • New exhibit at Lewis Museum chronicles black history from 1600s to present

    New exhibit at Lewis Museum chronicles black history from 1600s to present
    Over the past 181 years, the bill of sale has turned a pale tan. The ink has faded from black to brown and includes elaborate flourishes that seem ill-suited to such a grim and ugly business. On Feb. 25, 1832, the bill reads, a slave named William...
  • R. Clifton Spargo

     R. Clifton Spargo
    What do you think of when you think of Chicago? Great indie music. Some of my favorites include: Urge Overkill, The Smashing Pumpkins, Ministry, alt country pioneers The Waco Brothers, Liz Phair (the early days), Neko Case, The Redwalls, Smith Westerns,...
  • Fundraising begins for the American Writers Museum

    Fundraising begins for the American Writers Museum
    In the story of the proposed American Writers Museum, we've had the prologue and the introduction. Now comes the long-awaited Chapter One, with the unveiling last week of plans for the museum's "First Edition," the inaugural stage in the creation of the...
  • Jay Stream Middle School Book Club

    Jay Stream Middle School Book Club
    One thing to know about our book club We are the Jay Stream Middle School Book Club. We started in 2003, and we all are, or have been, staff members at Jay Stream Middle School in Carol Stream. -------------------- This piece first ran in Printers...
  • The minstrel's legacy

    The minstrel's legacy
    The new book "Darkest America: Black Minstrelsy From Slavery to Hip-Hop," by Yuval Taylor and Jake Austen, explores the history of minstrelsy, dissecting how it became the most popular form of American entertainment before vaudeville and identifying how...
  • Florida Beach Guide: Anastasia State Recreation Area, St. Augustine

    Florida Beach Guide: Anastasia State Recreation Area, St. Augustine
    Thousands of years have washed over this slender sandbar of a barrier island called Anastasia. But only recently has man written his history on this coastline. As you stand along the park's barren, wind-swept beach, squinting inland over light-washed...