| Apr 2, 2015
| 6:14 AM
I had long taught Saul Bellow, and have long stopped teaching Bellow. "The Adventures of Augie March," his 1954 National Book Award-winning novel, is an epic tale of Chicago imagined as an open grid of personal possibility edged by harsh economic (and...
| Mar 2, 2015
| 12:07 PM
About 500 students, parents and staff sat in St. Francis de Sales School's gymnasium on Feb. 27 to hear about a dozen students recite the speeches that won them first, second or third place in school's annual speech contest.
But they did more than...
| Mar 30, 2015
| 9:24 AM
There's a certain irony in the fact that the American president who won the office vowing to end the two wars he inherited finds himself after six years as much a wartime president as the man he succeeded.
President George W. Bush seized the role with...
| Mar 30, 2015
| 9:34 AM
The story of Malala Yousafzai has captivated news viewers over the past few years, as the Pakistani teenager has become a leading proponent of women's rights in the wake of a brutal attack. Now the activist's story will have a chance to reach people via...
| Feb 27, 2015
| 6:49 AM
Naperville teens are finding what a wonderful world it can be because they know much about biology, science books, algebra and trigonometry.
For instance, what element makes up the innermost core of a Type II supernova just before core collapse? In...
| Mar 28, 2015
Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer, who won the Nobel Prize in literature in 2011, has died. He was 83.
The reclusive, mild-mannered wordsmith — considered a master of metaphor and one of the most important Scandinavian poets of the post-World War...
| Feb 26, 2015
| 6:50 AM
Editor's note: This week, we take a look back at a 1977 piece by Saul Bellow. The essay, which appeared about a year after he won the Nobel Prize for Literature, was excerpted from the Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities. Later this month, a new...
| Mar 27, 2015
| 10:08 AM
Nobel Prize-winning Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer has died at age 83. According to the Nobel Prize's Twitter account, Transtromer died Thursday.
Long one of Sweden's most celebrated poets, Transtromer was awarded the Nobel Prize in 2011, when he was...
| Mar 26, 2015
| 5:58 AM
The cover of "Unabrow," the first essay collection by young-adult novelist Una LaMarche, is a portrait of the author as a young, cute, eager, unibrowed girl. "Poor thing," one thinks, imagining the bullying, the self-doubt, the suffering this child must...
| Mar 23, 2015
| 5:40 PM
Seymour H. Persky, the colorful Chicago real estate mogul and preservationist who amassed a dazzling collection of architectural artifacts and ensured the long-term survival of a revered Gold Coast house whose authorship is ascribed to architects Louis...
| Mar 22, 2015
| 9:50 PM
The 2016 contest for the White House will get its first official big-name entrant on Monday, in a move likely to upend the dynamics of the nascent presidential race.
Sen. Ted Cruz, the combative conservative who has made liberty the clarion call of...