| Oct 31, 2011
| 11:49 AM
If you want to make Stephen Sondheim mad enough to swat you over the head with a rolled-up musical score, try this:
Call him a poet.
As Sondheim insists in interviews, essays and in the introduction to his book "Finishing the Hat: Collected Lyrics...
| Mar 21, 2013
| 11:24 AM
A fraught romantic comedy, shot through with anxiety about getting your child into an Ivy League school or else, "Admission" stars Tina Fey as a Princeton University admissions officer with a secret. Her genial foil is Paul Rudd, who runs a rural New...
| Sep 24, 2013
Ted Cruz is no Joe McCarthy, as so many liberals bizarrely claim. But he might be the conservative Barack Obama.
It says something about today's political climate that both liberals and conservatives may find that latter comparison more offensive....
| May 1, 2013
| 3:00 PM
Misquoting William Shakespeare: "Now is the spring of our discontent." Indeed, even as the daffodils blossom and the songbirds sing, my students at the University of Connecticut are stressing out from their end-of-semester quest for high grades....
| May 7, 2013
| 5:15 AM
Remarkable how two words, scribbled nearly a century ago about a 16-year-old Lake Forest debutante, can evoke a whole country, its hypocrisies and promises, its aspirations and crushing realities.
Last week, the University of South Carolina posted...
| Dec 14, 2013
It appears that on Dec. 28, barring unexpected political action that would amount to a true Christmas miracle, 1.3 million jobless Americans will stop receiving unemployment benefits.
This is to those people:
I'm sorry this is happening.
| Jun 30, 2014
Sociologist Alice Goffman is a 5-foot-2-inch white woman who grew up in privilege in Philadelphia's historic and affluent neighborhood of Center City.
But over the course of six years — during part of her time as an undergraduate at the University...
| Jun 13, 2014
| 8:40 AM
J. Edgar Thomson “JET” Rutter II departed to see the Lord on May 31, 2014, at age 83, after a short bout with cancer (it seemed longer.) J.E.T. Rutter was born in what he liked to call “The People’s Republic of Santa Monica,&...
| Sep 4, 2014
| 2:38 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn's campaign is arguing this week that his Republican challenger Bruce Rauner's membership in an exclusive California wine club is evidence that Rauner is "out of touch" with "hardworking Illinois families."
I think it's...
| Aug 25, 2014
| 4:16 PM
Reports out of Cheyenne say that Wyoming is finally talking to federal officials about expanding Medicaid.
That would make Wyoming the 12th state with a Republican governor to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, leaving 16 with GOP...
| Aug 1, 2014
| 4:20 PM
Is a revival of interest in the photographs of Minor White (1908-1976) worthwhile?
Once, White's work was the epitome of all that art photography aspired to be. Since his death, however — and, actually, beginning several years before — his...