| Nov 27, 2012
| 4:04 PM
Sick of Christmas yet?
For months, stores have been shoving holiday decorations at us, with twinkly lights, mechanical elves and ornament-festooned trees crowding the aisles.
And it's only going to get worse. Christmas is still a ways off. Enough time...
| Mar 10, 2011
| 7:03 AM
It all starts with the voice.
Paul Reubens, better known as Pee-wee Herman, created that voice that sounds helium-induced back in his school days. Now it has taken him to an HBO special, "The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway," airing Saturday, March 19....
| Apr 13, 2011
Duran Duran — the seminal 1980s music outfit that emerged from Birmingham, England, to dominate the global pop scene with cinematic music videos for a catalog of catchy, guitar-inflected, groove-laden synth pop hit singles — has endured.
| Apr 9, 2011
"The wonderful thing about making records is something comes out you never expected," explains Ray Davies, who knows of what he speaks. In nearly five decades as leader of one of rock's great bands, the Kinks, and as a solo artist, Davies has been...
| Apr 27, 2011
Singer in the punk band X-Ray Spex
Poly Styrene, 53, the braces-wearing singer who belted out "Oh bondage, up yours!" with the punk band X-Ray Spex, died Monday, according to a statement on her website.
Styrene, whose real name was...
| May 22, 2011
From Refugee Camp to Poker Champ
Jerry Yang with Mark Tabb
Yang's memoir of becoming a world-class poker champion starts with his family, along with thousands of other Hmong, fleeing their Laotian homeland during the Vietnam...
| Mar 23, 2012
Zan Nordhoc's unhappy family is certainly unhappy in its own ways in Steve Erickson's new novel "These Dreams of You." For instance, in a third-act twist he suggests that the nanny of the protagonist's adopted daughter (and, potentially, that child's...
| Apr 13, 2012
| 8:36 AM
We're heading into a crowded weekend for film fests in Chicago, with no fewer than three major events competing for attention. This kind of overlap is far from ideal, but then again filmgoers are a self-selecting bunch, and the three festivals on tap...
| Dec 2, 2011
You could describe Anne Ream as brave, and you would be right, but not even close to finished. We brave the elements and we brave the gym and we brave, this time of year, the holiday crowds.
Ream braves a culture that assigns rape survivors to a life...
| Dec 6, 2011
| 12:32 PM
Copenhagen is a thriving metropolis and the main attraction in Denmark. But a trip here isn't complete without a swing through the cute Danish countryside. In less than two hours, you can time-travel from modern Copenhagen to a 10th-century Viking ship,...
| Jan 26, 2012
| 1:35 PM
For the Jan. 29 Good Life section of Daily Press, I wrote a story about the growth and popularity of music streaming services, companies such as Spotify, Rhapsody and Pandora that allow easy access to cloud-based collections of millions of songs.