| 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,"......
| Nov 21, 2013
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...
| Nov 18, 2013
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...
| Nov 18, 2011
| 2:36 PM
A manhattan is a manhattan is a manhattan.
Except when it's not.
Last Monday, the origins of one of the most classic of cocktails were shaken and stirred (ad nauseum, in a few instances) for the Woodford Reserve- and Esquire Magazine-sponsored...
| Feb 3, 2012
| 12:56 PM
Highlights from local food blogs:
- Chicago Reader reports: North Side coffeehouse Asado Coffee plans to reopen Saturday after a hiatus. Owner/roaster Kevin Ashtari says: "I just needed a break from it, but I realized this is my true calling and I had to...
| Oct 23, 2012
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| Jul 11, 2012
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| Dec 13, 2012
| 12:36 PM
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...
| Dec 20, 2012
| 2:36 PM
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,...
| Aug 29, 2012
| 1:46 PM
The headquarters for Jeppson’s Malort isn’t much of an office.
No cubicles, no strategy memos—just a killer view of Lake Michigan and one woman: Pat Gabelick.
Gabelick, 69, is the owner of the Carl Jeppson Company, which she runs out...
| Mar 15, 2013
| 5:24 PM
It was a thrill for me whenever the Michael Lenehan byline appeared above a story — usually a very lengthy story — in The Atlantic from the early 1980s to early 1990s. Occasionally he would write for his home publication, the Chicago Reader,...