| Jun 4, 2014
In doing some personal archival work I came across this article I wrote on Nov. 15, 1984 when one of my duties in the Tribune's feature department was to write a weekly column on the radio industry: Marriage made in......
| Feb 11, 2013
The rules for 7-year-old Riley Krieger's Valentine's Day party recently arrived from school: Bring one valentine addressed to each child on the list attached. Make a heart-covered shoe box on your own time or just bring a bag. Any treats for the class...
| Feb 15, 2013
| 12:00 PM
Years after she first saw "The Passion of the Christ," Lori Pearson still feels queasy when she recalls the brutally graphic movie about the final hours of Jesus' life.
"After I left the theater I remember feeling physically uncomfortable," said...
| Mar 3, 2013
Kay Alden Nelson's big break into daytime television sounds like a plot out of one of her soap opera scripts.
"I was doing a dissertation for my Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin at Madison on how daytime television serials can be used as mediators...
| Mar 7, 2013
Finally! Scientific research backs up my perennial gripe about the soul-killing, society-destroying effects of online comments. A study published last month on the website of the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication (which does not allow comments)...
| Mar 15, 2013
| 12:15 PM
Eighty years ago Friday, young Eudora Welty sent a letter to the New Yorker seeking employment. This was four decades before she would win the Pulitzer Prize for her novel "The Optimist's Daughter" and five decades before "The Collected Works of Eudora...
| Mar 28, 2013
| 2:43 PM
Is Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art all-in when it comes to its own independence?
The question arises from a recent comment by museum director Jeffrey Deitch in the New York Post.
MOCA this week announced the launch of "MOCA Independence,...
| Mar 29, 2013
| 7:18 AM
Joy Ladin has carved out a unique niche for herself. "I specialize in being an anomaly," Ladin said. "I'm the Wandering Trans-Jew."
Ladin once was Jay Ladin, a husband and father who was miserable in his own skin. Ladin has since left that life behind...
| Apr 1, 2013
In 1972, Jim Reynolds was less than two months shy of graduating from Chicago Vocational High School, with plans of becoming a television repairman.
Raised in Englewood on the city's South Side, he had been studying the trade for two years when his...
| Dec 30, 2013
| 3:00 AM
"Why do no white kids go to school here?"
A 14-year-old ninth-grader asked me this question earlier this semester about the school she attends and where I teach. Smart and genuinely curious, she asked the question without any of that world-weary irony...
| Jan 2, 2014
| 2:00 AM
A gleaming new apartment building with restaurants and bars on the ground floor has replaced an old pizza place and tire shop. A new Whole Foods will sprout up just down the road. A four-star hotel and bike lanes are planned.
The changes are part of a...