| Apr 4, 2013
| 4:30 PM
Roger Ebert's passing Thursday at age 70 leaves behind a staggering body of work: He reviewed as many as 285 movies a year, spent decades as a fixture on TV and published 17 books. Following are but a few highlights from his prolific career.
| Jan 4, 2013
| 5:31 AM
McHenry County's chief judge is expected to reveal today which judge will preside over the politically charged involuntary manslaughter trial of former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley's nephew.
Michael Sullivan, chief judge of McHenry County Circuit Court,...
| 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...
| Jan 18, 2013
| 4:27 PM
A McHenry County judge appointed to preside over the trial of a nephew of former Mayor Richard Daley held court today for the first time in the controversial case.
Judge Maureen P. McIntyre was appointed over the case of Richard Vanecko after the...
| Apr 22, 2013
| 12:55 PM
Anthony Madrid lives in Chicago. His poems have appeared in Boston Review, Gulf Coast, The Iowa Review, Poetry and Web Conjunctions. His first book is “I Am Your Slave Now Do What I Say.”
Rebecca Makkai is...
| Apr 22, 2013
| 12:54 PM
Nathan Rabin is the head writer for The A.V. Club. His books include “The Big Rewind” and “My Year of Flops.” He also collaborated on “Weird Al: The Book.” He has written for the Wall Street Journal,...
| 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 14, 2013
A screenwriter who went by the pseudonyms of R. Hyde and Reinhold Timme died recently in Chicago. Others knew the man as Roger Ebert, film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times. Ebert's death got us thinking about interesting facts involving movie critics....
| 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...
| Feb 12, 2013
| 3:14 PM
Say you had a family secret.
A juicy one. The kind that speaks volumes about families. And you wrote a book about it. But your family hates the book. Or, at the very least, potentially feels embarrassment from it. Would you still release that book?...
| Feb 18, 2013
Nearly every morning, before 7 a.m., Dr. Kenneth Polonsky is dropped off near the Lakefront Trail on Chicago's South Side, a few steps from Lake Michigan.
He carries no briefcase, wears no suit and has no cup of coffee, the standard trappings of his...