| Dec 20, 2009
During the last decade, more than ever before, writers faced the challenge of cutting through the noise. The new millennium began with the enduring influence of W.G. Sebald: his marriage of word and image somewhere deep in the reader's subconscious; his...
| Jul 12, 2009
A Bright and Guilty Place
Murder, Corruption, and
L.A.'s Scandalous Coming of Age
Doubleday: 270 pp., $25
Everything has its counterpart. For every piece of matter there is a like piece of antimatter, for every movie star there is or...
| Oct 18, 2009
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Donald Douglas, Eli Broad, Amelia Earhart, George Ellery Hale and countless other like-minded souls shared a common thread: They ventured west to pursue their dreams of fame, fortune, a better life or creative freedom and left a...
| Mar 19, 2009
It's an article of faith among newspaper journalists that our work is the foundation upon which television and radio news programs are built. After all, broadcasters don't spend nearly as much on reporting as their print competitors do. So you can imagine...
| Mar 29, 2009
How Muscular Millionaire Bernarr Macfadden Transformed the Nation Through Sex, Salad, and
the Ultimate Starvation Diet
Harper: 292 pp., $25.99
Before Jack LaLanne and Jane Fonda, an odd man with an odd name reigned as America's...
| Sep 16, 2010
As lawmakers prepare for hearings into the largest egg recall in U.S. history, food safety advocates say the congressional probe could give momentum to a long-delayed measure that would enhance the power of the Food and Drug Administration.
| Sep 16, 2010
| 12:30 PM
Chicago author J. Adams Oaks catches us up on his latest.
Catch us up on your most recent work?
My first novel, “Why I Fight” recently came out in paperback. The book is a coming-of-age story about a unique kid named Wyatt Reaves who’s...
| Feb 4, 2010
Reed Johnson caught up with Joe Sacco and found that the cartoonist and correspondent may be taking a break from his hot-zone reportage. If our present era constitutes a sort of End Times for mainstream media, it's proving to be......
| Mar 8, 2010
Sorry for the late notice, but if you want to hear from a guy who's been billed as a modern-day Upton Sinclair, you've got about an hour to get over to East Baltimore.David Kirby is author of a new book,......
| Mar 18, 2010
For the first time, the Ridenhour Book Prize will be given to a graphic novel. On Monday, it was announced that Joe Sacco's "Footnotes in Gaza" will win the $10,000 award, which will be presented in April in Washington, DC.......
| Apr 12, 2010
The foundation Liberty Hill will present its Upton Sinclair Award to author Walter Mosley at its annual gala dinner on May 20. His novels have "powerfully tackled such monumental events in Los Angeles like the Watts riots," says Liberty Hill......