| Sep 15, 2013
In the wake of the great Elmore Leonard’s death, I immediately felt a great sense of loss. Leonard was for decades a constant in my reading life, each book coming at me with fascinating characters and perfect dialogue; each book reminding me how...
| Aug 30, 2013
| 9:06 AM
Birthdays carry burdens for young Claire. Each year, her beleaguered father takes her from their shack in a seaside Haitian village to visit the grave of her mother, who died giving birth. Claire's seventh birthday dawns with an additional portent, as a...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 8:29 AM
"The Childhood of Jesus" features no character named Jesus.
That surely counts as one of the major provocations in J.M. Coetzee's delightfully vexing new novel.
This piece first ran in Printers Row Journal, delivered to...
| Aug 31, 2013
"The papers in Chicago in those days were unlike any printed anywhere else," wrote the great Hugh Fullerton in 1928 for the Saturday Evening Post. "They were written largely in the language that the wild growing young city understood." On the evidence...
| Jul 22, 2013
| 6:02 PM
John Casablancas, the brash upstart who transformed the modeling business in the late 1970s when he founded the Elite agency and turned its young beauties — including Linda Evangelista, Gisele Bundchen and Naomi Campbell — into celebrities,...
| Aug 16, 2013
| 5:06 AM
Longtime Chicago media columnist Robert Feder is launching a standalone media blog next month through a partnership with the Chicago Tribune.
The editorially independent Web site, RobertFeder.com, will be owned by Feder, but licensed and marketed by...
| Aug 14, 2013
| 7:57 AM
Oprah Winfrey has been making all kinds of headlines recently -- starring alongside Forest Whitaker in "The Butler," recounting an alleged incident of shopping-related racism in Switzerland, and wearing a ginormous Afro wig on the September cover of O...
| Aug 14, 2013
| 8:34 AM
The investor who reportedly built Michigan City's Blue Chip Casino died on a bicycle in Berrien County.
Monday night Kevin Flynn was killed when police say a car hit his bicycle on Three Oaks Road in Chikaming Township.
A 67-year-old woman was driving...
| Jun 27, 2013
| 9:34 PM
The "Weeks in Review" feature is now 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......
| Jul 9, 2013
| 4:32 PM
By Jessica Reynolds The Chicago Sun-Times is taking flak for its Sunday cover about the Asiana Airlines crash. The front page headline read "FRIGHT 214," which — I assume — was intended to be a play on the doomed flight's......
| Aug 9, 2013
| 11:32 AM
It must have been great to come of age during the Age of Aquarius. You know … peace, love, harmony, granny dresses and the chance to change the world.
Groovy, yeah, unless you were a kid stuck in a dreary Upstate New York place like Brewster. No...