| Apr 21, 2012
| 4:35 AM
Alex Shakar's novel "Luminarium," about the role technology and spirituality play in shaping people's reality, and Stephen King's "11/22/1963," about a time traveler who attempts to prevent John F. Kennedy's assassination, were among the winners Friday at...
| Feb 1, 2013
Jameel Abdur-Rafia came to Harsh Park on Thursday to think about the meaning of it all.
He parked his SUV — a Honda Pilot with an "Eracism" bumper sticker — then walked into the little park and stood alone.
He looked around. The orange...
| Jun 26, 2012
| 10:34 PM
Recently Steve and Johnnie welcomed back in studio Chicago's Ghost Hunter Richard Crowe for his annual Halloween visit. During the course of the evening, they discussed various ghouls and goblins including everyone's favorite: Resurrection Mary. Below are...
| Mar 21, 2012
| 5:04 PM
Does the term "literary rock 'n' roll" sound like an oxymoron? When you hear the word "reading," do you think of a self-important blowhard droning on while you snooze?
Each year since 1996, the Fiction Writing Department of Columbia College Chicago...
| Oct 30, 2012
| 8:25 AM
“Clarence Darrow Tonight!,” the award-winning one-man show created and performed by Laurence Luckinbill, will receive a special benefit performance on Friday, Nov. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the café space at Unity of Greater Hartford, 919 Ellington...
| May 11, 2012
| 8:14 PM
It's tough for a columnist to bring home the bacon for very long without the requisite thick skin. Walk your opinions out into the public square and dissenters invariably rise up and claw at your hide.
Case in point: The Trayvon Martin shooting.
| Sep 5, 2012
If warblers had Outlook calendars, the month of September would be marked, "Fly south."
And some would have an extra note: "Stop at Wooded Island."
They do, in profusion. For anyone curious to see the colorful birds that pass through Chicago on their...
| Sep 16, 2012
The Drew Peterson jury made news recently with its guilty verdict — and with its unusual note to the judge asking for the definition of "unanimous." And jury deliberation is expected later this month in another major case, the Christopher Vaughn...
| Apr 23, 2012
| 4:15 PM
A month ago, this moment seemed about as far off as the next NASA moon landing: George Zimmerman is beginning to look like a regular guy.
Zimmerman took the stand at his bond hearing last week and quietly apologized to Trayvon Martin's parents, risking a...
| May 8, 2012
| 8:22 AM
There's a fallacy that reporters detest being in the spotlight. If that were really true, articles would be published without bylines. But print journalists have found that it's easier and more fun to ask questions than it is to answer them.
| Feb 8, 2013
| 8:54 AM
The signs were there: The newspaper Chicago Today ceased publication on Sept. 13, 1974 (my birthday), and the Chicago Daily News published its final edition on March 4, 1978 (Chicago's birthday).
You might think some of us would have taken these as...