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  • New leaf

    New leaf
    To understand why the hiring of Brian Bannon as Chicago's public library commissioner caused a more-than-ordinary stir, let us quote a learned cultural authority. That authority is not Socrates. It is not Shakespeare. It is not Goethe. Nor is it...
  • My favorite moments of 2012

    My favorite moments of 2012
    Years ago when I was a student at Northwestern University, a handful of executives at America Online came to my class and explained that you, I and everyone we know would soon find ourselves pleasantly stranded on "information islands." We nodded,...
  • Edward Burns returns to his roots

    Edward Burns returns to his roots
    About halfway through writing the script for "The Fitzgerald Family Christmas" (which opens at the Wilmette Theatre next week), Edward Burns says he found himself at a crossroad. "Do I want to make the big, crazy, funny, holly-jolly Christmas Irish family...
  • Movie secrets are there, in the script!

    Movie secrets are there, in the script!
    You know what "Star Wars" is about? I mean, really about? Vietnam. It's a critical allegory of the war: The Rebels are the scrappy Viet Cong, hastily assembled, devoted and relentless; the Empire is the American military, tripped up by an enemy using...
  • Open thread: The Weeks in Review

     
    What's on your mind and in the media that we haven't covered here? Chicago Newsroom CAN TV:Host Ken Davis is joined by Ben Joravsky (Chicago Reader) and Randell Strickland (Little Black Pearl Art and Design Academy). They discuss the causes......
  • Land of Linkin'

     
    A weekly listing of intriguing, wacky, useful, provocative and otherwise interesting links that readers and I have come across and think you might want to see. 10 things traditional Christians got terribly wrong by Amanda Marcotte, Alternet. Quiz: How...
  • Where were you when you decided you'd had it up to here with the Baby Boom generation?

     
    Nick Gillespie's article JFK Still Dead, Baby Boomers Still Self-Absorbed at the Daily Beast calls out the actual greatest generation -- ahem -- for its navel-gazing ways: Since they were born, they were told—and came to believe—that the world...
  • Open thread: Weeks in Review

     
    The "Weeks in Review" feature is an open thread in which commenters can talk about any current events or cultural phenomena that have caught their attention, including but not limited to the topics brought up in our traditional roundup of......
  • A new book from Royko

     
    The late columnist Mike Royko's son David has written memorably and movingly about how his son's profound autism has changed the lives of everyone in his family. Those works are now collected in "The Chronicles of Ben-- Adventures in Autism,"......
  • Coming attraction

     
    Here is the trailer for the documentary film -- still in production -- on the Anthony Porter / Alstory Simon case featured in today's front page story in the Tribune. The filmmakers clearly have their point of view on the......
  • Understanding autism -- Mike Royko's son updates his family's experience with its 'greatest tragedy'

     
    (Photo taken by Brad Schade) David and Karen Royko had many advantages, including a steady income, health insurance, a helpful school district and supportive parents. But the cost of dealing with their son Ben's severe autism pushed them into bankruptcy.....