| Apr 26, 2013
| 9:13 AM
And they said the gentle art of literary criticism was dead, confined to irrelevance. Not this week, gentle reader. Not in Chicago. Not in the heat of L'affaire de Shteir. What book review in the history of Chicago literature — heck, what recent...
| May 9, 2013
| 9:14 AM
The players lift their bows with the customary this-is-the-end flourish, finishing a movement of a Shostakovich string quartet, and the audience claps. A few "Whoo!" yells escape from the back of the room. Some people whistle.
As the quartet launches...
| May 9, 2013
| 9:25 AM
Robert Sickinger, a pivotal figure in the development of Chicago's off-Loop theater scene, died Thursday morning at his home in Delray Beach, Fla. Sickinger was 86. His daughter, Erika, said her father died from natural causes.
To the extent that...
| May 25, 2013
| 11:38 AM
Art Spiegelman, author of “Maus,” a Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir that essentially legitimized cartooning as a literary form, will kick off this year's Printers Row Lit Fest on Saturday, June 8, as winner of the Chicago Public Library's Harold...
| Jan 31, 2014
Even with the best of maps, you may never know where you're going until you get there.
When Barrie Jean Borich came to the end of writing her most recent book, "Body Geographic" ("a stunningly original memoir," said the Kirkus review), she had no...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 8:52 AM
Travon Biggs, a.k.a. the Bop King of the World, a.k.a. the Fastest Legs on the West Side, a.k.a. the originator of the Kemo Step, a.k.a. Lil' Kemo, walked up his unplowed street in North Lawndale the other day, sneakers sliding sideways in the slush....
| Dec 19, 2013
| 12:29 PM
At its artistic peak in the early '70s, "Soul Train" may have been the most aesthetically triumphant program in television history. With exquisite camera work showcasing the creative, kinetic energy of impossibly fashionable Los Angeles teenagers reacting...
| Oct 23, 2013
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......
| Oct 24, 2013
(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.....
| Feb 15, 2013
A roundup of state and local news-review and weekly political chat shows. Descriptions provided by the broadcast outlets in most cases: Editorial Board Roundtable Chicagotribune.com -- Tribune editorial page editor Bruce Dold talks about the week's news...
| Oct 21, 2013
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,"......