| Dec 26, 2013
| 1:47 PM
As 2013 winds to a close, we thought we'd take one more look back at the year's literary highlights. We asked Printers Row Journal contributors to write about a book they read this year that will linger in their minds well into 2014. Here's what they...
| Feb 14, 2014
Every unhappy family, Tolstoy tells us in the first line of "Anna Karenina," is unhappy in its own way. Maybe so. But as Bich Minh Nguyen suggests in her new novel "Pioneer Girl," set in the western suburbs of Chicago, certain kinds of unhappiness...
| Sep 29, 2013
The depth and diversity of Chicago's literary community sits on my desk, in the form of many piles of books that have arrived with encouraging frequency. Here is what's in one of those piles:
This piece first ran in Printers...
| Dec 3, 2013
| 7:30 AM
Everyone loves my big yellow motorcycle with a sidecar, the one I’m using in an attempt to circumnavigate the globe. Kids love it. Adults love it. Cambodian monkeys also love it. But there is one place where the love falls short.
Since I left...
| Nov 10, 2013
Just in time for Veterans Day, the embattled secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric K. Shinseki, announced last week that his department had reduced its backlog of overdue disability claims from more than 600,000 in March to about 400,000.
| Nov 17, 2013
Fifty years after the death of John F. Kennedy, there's no mystery about why his brief presidency remains an object of fascination: It was glamorous, photogenic, and cut short by an assassination that still seems an insoluble puzzle. Compared to the full-...
| Dec 14, 2013
| 8:00 AM
We just returned from a two-week tour of northern Vietnam, with the itinerary planned by Win An Tours. It featured a mixture of biking, hiking and kayaking; traveling was by boat, train and bus. Every detail was planned yet flexible. We visited a national...
| Nov 21, 2013
Twenty-five years ago, I asked Charles Bartlett, a syndicated columnist, to tell me about his old and close friend, John F. Kennedy. Bartlett's answer: "No one ever knew John Kennedy, not all of him."
Now, 50 years after Kennedy's assassination, that...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 1:47 PM
The massively popular mega-musicals of the 1980s — a list dominated by "Les Miserables," "The Phantom of the Opera" and "Miss Saigon" — are returning to Broadway and the touring circuit in new and rethought stagings. "Les Miserables" just...
| Mar 24, 2014
It has become a truism in discussions of Russia's takeover of Crimea that in the post-World War II international order, countries no longer rewrite borders through force — or if they do, rarely find themselves faced with determined opposition from...
| Dec 22, 2013
Growing up in Lombard in the 1960s, best friends Kathy Hughes and Annette Saviano always had something to talk about: teachers, boys, hopscotch, Barbies.
They'd talk as they walked to school, talk as they walked home, and then call each other at night...