| Jun 2, 2011
| 12:27 PM
How often does one encounter a book set on the 2100 block of Sheffield Avenue?
And the crime at the heart of the book takes place on my birthday, and is covered in the Chicago Tribune.
The novel hits every hot button -- a retired orthopedic surgeon is...
| Jun 9, 2011
| 3:32 PM
The Nelson Algren Short Story Prize 2011 goes to Billy Lombardo, for his beautifully written story, “Clover."
Here's an interview with him after the award.
Lombardo, a teacher at the Latin School of Chicago, is a resident of Forest Park, and...
| Dec 2, 2011
| 9:53 AM
Bachelor uncle who complains that the last good book he read was "Seabiscuit": "The Eighty Dollar Champion" by Elizabeth Letts, about a Dutch immigrant, the plow horse he rescues and their partnership as a show-jumper team. (Re-gift bonus: neighbor's...
| Dec 27, 2011
Shelve this one under a category that should be named ''bouquet memoirs.''
Books like Amy Ephron's "Loose Diamonds … and Other Things I've Lost (and Found) Along the Way" are a nosegay of life essays whose pronouns are mostly "I" and "we," but are...
| Dec 9, 2011
| 10:08 AM
Famed naturalist and writer John Muir (a founder of the Sierra Club) once observed that if it ever came down to a war between the races, he would side with the bears. That remark inspired the title of this compelling collection of short fiction...
| Dec 14, 2011
| 9:24 AM
Andy Warhol died in 1987, but he continues to make headlines.
This is almost literally the case with a National Gallery of Art exhibit, "Warhol: Headlines," that showcases screenprints and paintings whose design imitates that of a newspaper front page....
| Dec 19, 2011
| 10:00 AM
A recent report on the CBS Nightly News noting that an auction of Elizabeth Taylor's jewelry brought in a record $116 million contrasted sharply with another report about middle-class citizens becoming homeless and poverty stricken. The second report...
| Dec 16, 2011
| 1:04 PM
My one quibble with this book: Why didn't Rachel Bertsche call me? I would certainly have been her friend.
New to Chicago, missing her lifetime besties on the East Coast, this young journalist established a challenge for herself: In the course of a year,...
| Dec 16, 2011
| 3:28 PM
The Wallace Berman renaissance has been inching along in fits and starts, ever since art historian Merril Greene published the first serious consideration of his work in Artforum in 1978. That essay came two years after his untimely death in 1976, on...
| Dec 20, 2011
| 1:35 AM
1. Steve Jobs
On Oct. 5, the 56-year-old Apple co-founder and CEO died of a rare form of cancer on his pancreas. Following his passing, President Obama said "There may be no greater tribute to Steve's success than the fact that much of the world...
| Dec 24, 2011
Carrie Fisher has done an excellent job of reinventing herself as ... Carrie Fisher, evolving from ingenue actress and geek pinup to salty, tell-it-like-it-is writer and humorist. And as Just Carrie Fisher she has a lot to say, mostly about her odd but...