Story | Jan 21, 2013 | 8:35 AM
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Story | Feb 1, 2013 | 3:08 PMOn a recent January night, about 100 people gathered in the Tribune Tower to discuss the art of the short story and to kick off the 2013 Nelson Algren Short Story Award contest. Five Algren Award winners — David Michael Kaplan, Joe Meno, Billy Lombardo, Baird Harper and Jeremy T. Wilson — read and dissected the opening paragraphs of their award-winning pieces. The writers educated audience members about place, intent, character, setting and the tenuous balance between humor and drama. While all the authors have different writing procedures — starting with outlines or not, continuously editing a piece or setting it away for a bit — they stressed the importance of just putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard). As last year's winner, Wilson, said: "The most important part of writing is just allowing yourself to wander around in the story."
Story | Apr 29, 2012
Story | Nov 23, 2010 | 4:34 PM
Call him the accidental trendsetter. Costume designer Michael Kaplan's futuristic-noir look for "Blade Runner" inspired an Alexander McQueen fashion collection. His "Fight Club" designs were soon being paid tribute to by his designer friend Marc Jacobs as...
Story | Jan 20, 2011 | 4:36 PM
The folks who do costumes see “True Grit,” “Black Swan” and “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” as films whose clothes merit nominations in their wardrobing awards. “The Fighter” and “The King's Speech...