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  • Critic's Notebook: Under the influence of Hemingway

    Critic's Notebook: Under the influence of Hemingway
    For much of the 1980s, beginning when I was in college, I used to read a Hemingway book a year. The point was not self-improvement but rather a kind of exploration: What was it, exactly, about his writing that I'd missed? I had read "The Sun Also Rises" in high school and had admired its spare portrayal of 1920s expatriate life. But I'd also thought of it as more than a little stilted, even melodramatic in its way.
  • Chicago is 'Boss' star Troy Garity's kind of town

    Chicago is 'Boss' star Troy Garity's kind of town
    After filming NBC’s “The Playboy Club” and Starz’ “Boss” in Chicago over the summer, Troy Garity misses the city. “I’m going through total Chicago withdrawal at the moment,” Garity, who also filmed...

    The Bad Sex in Fiction Award goes to David Guterson's "Ed King"

    The Bad Sex in Fiction Award goes to David Guterson's "Ed King"
    David Guterson has won 2011's Bad Sex in Fiction Award. The tongue-in-cheek prize was presented at a ceremony in London on Tuesday. As in years past, the award-winning author was not in attendance. Guterson was awarded the prize for writing a marathon...

    Go ahead, judge them by their covers

    Go ahead, judge them by their covers
    When architect and design firm owner Steve Kadlec was asked recently whether bookshelves were becoming obsolete in the iPad age, he wisecracked: "Who reads books? We buy them for pretty!" He was only half-joking. With digital competition, hardcover books...

    Vivid images and words on Marilyn Monroe

    Vivid images and words on Marilyn Monroe
    The suite at the Hotel Bel-Air where Bert Stern photographed Marilyn Monroe for her famous "Last Sitting" in 1962 no longer exists. It is now part of the elegant La Prairie Spa — rather apropos, as the often difficult star was well known for...