| Jun 22, 2008
Random House: 466 pp., $27
It's refreshing -- and almost quaint -- to see someone try to write a Great American Novel in the 21st century. These days, writers are more apt to pursue the Great American Screenplay...
| Jun 15, 2008
The holy grail of the author's own collector's quest is the 1961 1s 3d Parliamentary Conference stamp, which he recalls as being "the most beautiful small object I had ever seen" as a boy. On this stamp, the head of the queen, which should by rights...
| Jun 7, 2009
James Diener is almost certainly the only head of a music label whos readingfor pleasurethe worlds hundred best books. Right now, hes slogging through Theodore Dreisers Sister Carrie, a novel thats a century and a universe removed from his world....
| Oct 31, 2008
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Louis Terkel arrived here as a child from New York City and in Chicago found not only a new name but a place that perfectly matched--in its energy, its swagger, its charms, its heart--his own personality. They made a perfect and enduring pair.
| May 1, 2008
The UCLA Film & Television Archive is no small place. The Library of Congress aside, it's the biggest collection in the country, with film holdings alone numbering a staggering 85,000 titles. Wouldn't you like to take a peek at the rarities hidden in...
| Dec 18, 2007
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Crowds packed the sidewalks and streets on this date to watch Chicago's high society pour into Marshall Field's first store on State Street, a grand marble edifice with Corinthian columns. As was frequently the case, Marshall Field was on hand to...
| Dec 19, 2007
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Frank Doubleday publishes Theodore Dreiser's novel that helps establish an enduring Chicago tradition: fiction in the raw, tawdry but compassionate.
Published on this date, Theodore Dreiser's "Sister Carrie" was among the most auspicious debuts in...
| Nov 3, 2009
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In "Read Me," Dwight Garner compiles a century of print ads for books, funny and formal, subtle and sensational. Garner is a longtime book critic at the New York Times, where he also has blogged at Paper Cuts. For his......
| Dec 22, 2009
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In 1999, the L.A. Times asked dozens of writers to look back at the prior century and share books they considered lost treasures -- books they loved that had slipped out of sight. Although the authors were formidable -- including......
| Apr 19, 2010
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Last week, a literary "whodunit" circling around extraordinarily nasty reviews on Amazon's British website came to a surprise conclusion. The anonymous reviews fit a pattern: The targets were some of the nation's leading academics, and all the reviews...
| Jul 2, 2010
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Early Friday, my friend and colleague Mary Schmich posted to her Facebook page, âThis morning Mary Ellen Findlay Schmich left the world she loved so much.â Mrs. Schmich, 87, whose wit, warmth and passion were well known to Tribune readers......