| Dec 22, 2011
Look ahead: The presents have been opened, wrapping thrown away, and for a few quiet hours you've been curled up reading the new Steve Jobs biography, a gift from your dad. You find a surprising detail and call to your significant other, "Honey, did you...
| Nov 7, 2011
A few years ago, after a successful career in the White House communications shop and a much less felicitous turn as one of Sarah Palin's handlers during the 2008 presidential campaign, Nicolle Wallace got the ridiculously overconfident idea that she...
| Jan 4, 2012
When it comes to sportswriting, I tend to subscribe to George Plimpton's small-ball theory: The smaller the ball, the better the writing about the sport. This has a lot to do with my own biases (I'm a baseball fan, not much interest in basketball or...
| Aug 12, 2011
With Felicia "Snoop" Pearson's guilty plea last week to conspiracy to sell heroin, one question being asked by fans of "The Wire" is how other cast members of the Baltimore-based series are doing.
The answer: Several are doing just fine professionally....
| Jun 1, 2011
| 2:31 PM
Late on a weekday afternoon, we called John Sayles, the independent's independent, the pragmatist's pragmatist. He was on the outskirts of Boise, in the passenger's seat of a rented Prius, beside Maggie Renzi, his longtime partner and producer. He's tall,...
| Aug 17, 2011
| 11:00 AM
Living as we are in the heyday of the undead, with HBO's "True Blood" in its fourth season and the "Twilight" franchise steamrolling along, it's easy to be misled by the title of Kevin Wilson's funny and off-kilter debut novel, "The Family Fang." The...
| Apr 15, 2011
| 2:14 PM
Here we are with a promised recap of Sunday's marvelous Trib Nation Author Talks program with Alexander McCall Smith at Elmhurst College.
My colleagues Elizabeth Taylor, the Tribune's literary editor, and Joycelyn Winnecke, associate editor, were left to...
| Aug 8, 2011
With governments crippled by debt, politicians bickering and all manner of personal investments tanking, it's mighty tough to remember the optimism of 2005. But in London that summer, the mood could not have been more different from the one that permeates...
| Apr 12, 2012
When I was 24 and living in a funky New York City apartment with roommates, roaches and ambitions that were both utterly consuming and utterly unfocused, I was convinced my generation was cursed. It was the early 1990s, and between a recession, the AIDS...
| Mar 11, 2011
| 12:28 PM
Atlantic City Antiques & Collectors Show
What: Antiques show with appraisals, glass repair, pottery restoration. The show organizer has partnered with AntiqueClothier.com to present "Revisit the Empire through Fashion," an exhibit that will feature...
| Sep 27, 2010
| 9:00 PM
Baltimorean David Simon, whose groundbreaking television series "The Wire" examined the institutions of his hometown with a passionate and unsparing eye, today won a 2010 MacArthur "genius" award.
The 50-year-old Simon is one of only a few people ever to...