| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| Jul 5, 2013
| 9:29 AM
Serial killers leave me cold. And it's not just because they relentlessly slaughter defenseless human beings; that, of course, is a definite turnoff, but we often have to put up with unpleasant proclivities in our friends and relatives, do we not?
| 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...
| Sep 15, 2013
One unheralded author and a tiny publisher received a Pulitzer surprise in 2010 when Paul Harding's “Tinkers” won the big prize for fiction. The debut novelist and his publisher, Bellevue Literary Press (based at the New York University School...
| Jul 23, 2013
| 7:03 AM
A financial settlement has been reached between Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade and ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches, bringing to an end a long and bitter divorce saga.
The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that as part of the settlement, Funches will receive $5...
| 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...
| Apr 4, 2013
| 2:25 PM
After surviving a disfiguring bout of cancer, Roger Ebert was felled by the disease Wednesday at age 70. He had announced just days before that a new cancer had been found and that he was going to write, and tweet, a little less.
The Pulitzer Prize-...
| Dec 20, 2012
| 4:32 PM
Jenny McCarthy says her mission with her new late-night talk show is to “bring sexy back” to the genre. This seems like an eminently attainable goal for the former Playboy centerfold, who describes The Jenny McCarthy Show as “Playboy...