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  • 'How to Be Both': Ali Smith's coin-flip

    'How to Be Both': Ali Smith's coin-flip
    Ludwig Wittgenstein famously used the "duck-rabbit," a reversible image that can be seen as either a duck or a rabbit, to illustrate different ways of seeing. Ali Smith's sixth novel, "How to be both," shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize earlier this year, is a Wittgensteinian duck-rabbit of a book. It comes in two versions, in which the order of the novel's two sections are reversed: Half the printed copies start with a narrative about a grieving teenage girl named George in modern-day Cambridge, while the other half open with the disembodied spirit of Renaissance painter Francesco del Cossa, whom Smith imagines as a woman, watching George and remembering scenes from her own life. Both sections are titled "One."
  • Sam Cooke died on way to being the greatest

    Sam Cooke died on way to being the greatest
    The familiar cliche is that Chicago's international reputation rests primarily on three features: roaring '20s gangsters typified by Al Capone, machine politics and Michael Jordan. But were there any justice to the world, it really should be famous as the...

    Oops! When social media blunders kill job offers

    Dear Joyce: After graduating this year with a pile of tuition debt, I've applied for employment at numerous companies. Nutshell: Zip! Any clues to why I'm not getting offers? -- D.V. A zillion things could be keeping you outside employment venues with...

    'Dancing with the Stars' finale recap, The winner is ...

    The show opens with the Dance of Contestants Past, culminating with our three finalist couples -- Alfonso Ribiero & Witney Carson, Sadie Robertson & Mark Ballas and Janel Parrish & Val Chmerkovskiy -- front and center. Each of the finalist couples...

    Emotions Run Highest In The Game

    Emotions Run Highest In The Game
    BOSTON — The Game was relevant in every way again, among the patricians as well as the peasants who would tune in to watch Handsome Dan lick Kirk Herbstreit's face. And when it was over, with the victorious Harvard players lingering for at least a...