| May 17, 2011
| 2:53 PM
Most reviews of the Whines' debut full-length, Hell to Play, feature some reference to Nirvana, and it's not exactly a leap of logic. A trio based in Portland, Ore., playing emotionally harrowing material with a combination of concussive volume and...
| Nov 5, 2011
| 9:22 AM
Andy Rooney, whose CBS career spans the entire post-war history of network news, died Friday as a result of complications following minor surgery, the network announced.
A mainstay of Sunday night viewing for millions of Americans, the 92-year-old Rooney...
| Jul 20, 2012
| 8:15 AM
[The following is a chapter from my book, The Meaning of Life (and AIDS Jokes), which was released in September of 2011. I'm posting it today because of the terrible shooting in Colorado.]
As you know, there has been a rash of workplace shootings...
| Aug 21, 2012
Talk stories make you call a friend, tap a co-worker on the shoulder or send an email to a buddy: “Hey, did you see that story in the Tribune about the guy who stole Steve Jobs’ iPad?” Or the one about the historical marker installed...
| Apr 25, 2012
| 8:20 AM
John Cusack claims to have little in common with Edgar Allan Poe.
But clad in an all-black outfit and answering questions thoughtfully between long drags of a cigarette in a lonely room deep in the bowels of McCormick Place during the recent Chicago...
| Apr 26, 2008
The most vivid character in Rachel Cline's novel "My Liar" doesn't appear in a single scene. Janusz Zielinski, the Billy Wilderish mentor to insecure film editor Annabeth Jensen, continues to haunt his protege long after they've stopped working together....
| Oct 13, 2009
Former Times pop music critic Robert Hilburn writes in his new book "Corn Flakes With John Lennon (and Other Tales From a Rock 'n' Roll Life)" that after John Lennon's death in 1980, he focused on artists who carried on in Lennon's tradition, including...
| Dec 2, 2008
| 3:03 PM
| Apr 27, 2007
The most dramatic moment of this weekend's Coachella festival will surely be when the four members of Rage Against the Machine step on stage together for the first time in seven years, but even that reunion will be hard pressed to match the drama of the...
| Dec 15, 2009
| 4:01 AM
LOS ANGELES - The only daughter of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love has been placed in a temporary guardianship, court records show.
A Los Angeles Superior Court commissioner granted control over 17-year-old Frances Bean Cobain to Kurt Cobain's mother Wendy...