| Mar 23, 2013
| 1:51 PM
Earlier this month, several thousand people roamed over two floors of a Columbia College building for the 4th annual Chicago Zine Fest. Moving through the youthful crowd was Sarah Wenzel, bibliographer for Literatures of Europe and the Americas at the...
| Sep 21, 2012
| 4:20 PM
As a devoted fan of this series (this is the 11th volume), I can report that this year's anthology of 32 selections might be the best yet. High school students from 826Michigan and 826 Valencia, parts of Dave Eggers' network of nonprofit writing and...
| Oct 21, 2012
Break down the 2012 election into something fundamentally American — as opposed to the economy, which is universal, or the latest gaffe by Mitt Romney or Joe Biden, which is shallower fare — and it revolves around this question: How much...
| May 17, 2013
| 3:27 PM
The New America of George Packer's ambitious history, "The Unwinding," is a morally compromised patchwork of failed institutions, Ponzi schemes, bankruptcies, foreclosures, ignorance and fear.
But it is also a country where idealism still exists, and...
| Aug 5, 2013
| 6:47 AM
"He's never seen hair like yours before. That color is called blonde, Daniel, and it's nothing but trouble." -- Pastor Moses
It's nice when a show spells out the theme of an episode right in the title, as "The Newsroom" did this week with "Unintended...
| Jul 29, 2013
| 6:33 AM
"How many different kinds of disgusting do you have to be to boo a man who volunteered to fight and die for you?" -- Will McAvoy
"Willie Pete," the third episode of "The Newsroom's" second season, opened with a Will McAvoy rave-out during a comment...
| Jul 22, 2013
| 5:52 AM
"The point is, I'm not who I used to be right now." -- Will McAvoy
"The Newsroom" is at its best when its characters fight for what's right and win. "The Genoa Tip" gave us a bunch of plotlines with characters fighting for things. But were they the right...
| Nov 2, 2012
| 10:13 AM
Mike Daisey is a keen cultural observer with a ruthless streak. In "American Utopias," the neo-Spalding Gray's latest monologue, Daisey even takes on the "It's a Small World" ride at Walt Disney World. "It looks like a 1950s game show threw up on itself,"...
| Feb 10, 2013
| 7:38 PM
NEW YORK -- Chloë Sevigny's collection for Opening Ceremony made its official New York Fashion Week debut Saturday, an hour-and-a-half long presentation turned raucous round-robin performance by five girl bands that unspooled in an Episcopal church in...
| Jul 14, 2013
| 1:15 PM
Peaceful but frustrated, demonstrators across the country gathered as the nation continued to react Sunday to a Florida jury's not-guilty verdict in the murder trial of George Zimmerman over the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
In New York, not...
| May 1, 2013
| 3:36 PM
NEW YORK -- There are many things to protest against in the world, and people rallying against a fair number of them took to one of New York’s iconic squares on May Day as part of nationwide rallies in celebration of the traditional workers holiday....