| May 10, 2013
| 9:54 AM
World War II lasted six years, but Rick Atkinson needed 14 years to complete his massive trilogy on the conflict. That turned out to be time well spent. Now the wait for the concluding volume of “The Liberation Trilogy,” his magisterial...
| 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,...
| 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...
| Jan 17, 2013
| 7:11 PM
Dear Abby: "What would you do with a man who refuses to use a deodorant, seldom bathes, and doesn't even own a toothbrush?"
"Absolutely nothing," she replied.
The wry answer from Abigail Van Buren — the pen name of Pauline Friedman Phillips...
| Oct 31, 2012
| 1:11 PM
Chicago's chefs and restaurants lost a keen observer and tireless champion of their work with the passing today of Pat Bruno.
Bruno, 79, was the restaurant critic at the Chicago Sun-Times (which reported his death earlier) for 27 years. He was...
| Apr 6, 2013
| 12:28 PM
You don't want the war to stop.
The opening of James Salter's new novel, “All That Is,” offers a breathtaking set piece depicting men about to go into battle against the Japanese in World War II. It's all there: atmosphere, action, emotion...
| Apr 26, 2013
| 2:46 PM
As Maya Vidal writhes on a filthy mattress, hog-tied with an electrical cord, she wonders how much worse this confinement by killers is going to get once the pangs of her drug addictions kick in.
Readers of Isabel Allende's new novel, “Maya's...
| Sep 23, 2013
| 11:29 PM
Oscar Espinosa Chepe
Cuban economist fell out with Castro
Oscar Espinosa Chepe, 72, a high-level Cuban economist and diplomat who broke with Fidel Castro's government in the 1990s and was imprisoned for dissident activities, died Monday at a...
| Sep 20, 2013
The special prosecutor who brought involuntary manslaughter charges against former Mayor Richard Daley's nephew after a Rush Street confrontation led to the death of David Koschman concluded Thursday that he will not bring charges against the Chicago...
| Jun 28, 2013
| 9:31 AM
The rebel commander's severely wounded chest is sewn back together with dental floss. All who see it marvel at the medical miracle.
This piece first ran in Printers Row Journal, delivered to Printers Row members with the Sunday...