| Feb 1, 2013
| 3:08 PM
You have, no doubt, heard about the new Carl Sandburg poem.
Perhaps you have read it too. It is titled "A Revolver," and it was discovered a few weeks ago by Ernie Gullerud, a former professor of social work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-...
| Feb 8, 2013
| 8:54 AM
The signs were there: The newspaper Chicago Today ceased publication on Sept. 13, 1974 (my birthday), and the Chicago Daily News published its final edition on March 4, 1978 (Chicago's birthday).
You might think some of us would have taken these as...
| Feb 15, 2013
| 7:28 PM
One of the many bits of conventional wisdom about politicians is that they're all scoundrels in one way or another.
This is especially true of those who run for president.
Maybe they don't steal or lie or cheat on their spouse (although plenty do)....
| Apr 4, 2013
| 2:10 PM
This column originally ran in the Chicago Tribune on Oct. 21, 2011. Some years ago when I was new to Chicago, I spotted Roger Ebert in the frozen-foods aisle of a grocery store. He was famous by then, and I did what any normal person does at the sight...
| Aug 29, 2011
This book dropped on my desk Friday and I almost recoiled. A Roger Ebert memoir? What can you say about it? If it's trite, self-serving, and/or badly-written, who wants to beat up on the sick man? If it's great, who'll believe you? You're taking pity on...
| May 31, 2012
Have Heat supplanted Yankees, Cowboys and Notre Dame as America's most hated team?...
| Oct 31, 2012
For those in Cook County who care about the state of our politics — and I’ll offer evidence in a moment to demonstrate how depressingly small your number is — here’s a helpful slogan to remember as you prepare to......
| Jan 18, 2013
Good Friday Morning, Fellow Seekers. So this is it. After more than seven years, roughly 7,280 posts (give or take a couple), at least two one-act plays, and more bad jokes than even I care to recall, it's time to......
| Apr 2, 2013
Those of you who are online-only readers may have missed this recent development, reported on this morning by TOC's Robert Feder: Of all the perks of winning the Pulitzer Prize last spring, the most visible for Mary Schmich may be......
| Mar 24, 2011
Last August, Gordon "Big Daddy" Biffle arrived in Las Vegas with no expectations, a man who a year prior was working in East Chicago carrying 50-pound pieces of sheetrock in steel-toed boots. Now, actor Michael Clarke Duncan and reality TV personality...
| Apr 24, 2011
Dreams & Schemes: My Decade of Fun in the Sun
Camino Books: 309 pp., $17.95 paper
At most newspapers the first-person singular pronoun, like the nuclear football, is entrusted to one person at a time. Usually cityside columns go to native...