| Jan 21, 2012
| 1:45 PM
It was H. L. Mencken's last party, and the invitation had been written more than 25 years earlier.
I was among the invited guests at the Enoch Pratt Free Library on Cathedral Street to witness the opening of Mencken's final papers, which his will...
| Nov 23, 2011
| 8:57 AM
Tony award-nominated actor Laurence Luckinbill will play the Jewish patriarch Abraham in a new one-man play, "Abraham," by the actor on Sunday, Nov. 27 at 6 p.m. at the Unity of Greater Hartford, the spiritual center at 919 Ellington Road (Route 30) in...
| 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...
| Mar 15, 2013
From time to time, we make mistakes.
Yes, that’s perhaps a surprising revelation – not that we make mistakes, but that we readily admit to it. That’s difficult in any line of work, of course, but we’re committed to owning up to...
| 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...
| Nov 27, 2012
| 9:19 AM
Christopher Vaughn was sentenced to four life terms this morning for fatally shooting his wife and three children after pulling off an expressway in 2007.
Vaughn looked over his shoulder at his family as he was led away after being sentenced by Judge...
| 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...
| 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...
| Aug 24, 2011
“Even if you do learn to speak correct English, whom are you going to speak it to?” --Clarence Darrow This is a postscript to Saturday's “Postscript” column. A post-Postscript, if you will. In the column, reader Gene Axelrod...
| Dec 29, 2011
How a dogged civil-rights lawyer, an ex-gangster and a risk-taking LAPD captain helped skirt a Rodney King riot repeat...