| Jul 1, 2009
| 4:10 PM
(WGN-AM)- A Highland Park man has been charged with disorderly conduct after allegedly confronting a Chicago man and woman about their makeshift sidewalk sign which depicted President Obama as Adolf Hitler, police said.
The pair were protesting the...
| Mar 15, 2009
The Kindly Ones
Jonathan Littell, translated from the French by Charlotte Mandell
Harper: 984 pp., $29.99
Literature has given us many unsympathetic protagonists yet relatively few genuine monsters: "Lolita's" Humbert Humbert, Shakespeare's...
| Mar 12, 2009
In the introduction of Cari Beauchamp's crackling page-turner "Joseph P. Kennedy Presents: His Hollywood Years," this top-flight film historian declares that the father of JFK "saw everything and everyone, from Gloria Swanson to Adolf Hitler, through a...
| Mar 31, 2009
What are people reading at the mid-century mark of Cuba's revolution?
"A lot of people are asking for Harry Potter," said Gabriel, a longtime book vendor, echoing other sellers at the sprawling outdoor book fair at the colonial Plaza de Armas. "They're...
| Apr 5, 2009
Twelve: 420 pp., $26.99
Forget everything you thought you knew. The girl who professed her faith in God before being gunned down in the library. The Trenchcoat Mafia and the feud between the goths and jocks. The idea that Eric...
| Nov 4, 2010
| 2:10 PM
Wilson Middle School students on Thursday paid tribute to the men and women of the armed forces by giving a raucous welcome to several 20th Century war heroes, including a World War II veteran who met Adolf Hitler as an athlete at the 1936 Olympics in...
| Feb 15, 2009
Some impressive birthdays have been celebrated lately, including the 200th of Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin, who were born on the same day in 1809. Let's blow out 10 more candles to celebrate these facts:
1. A "leapling" or "leaper" is a person born...
| Nov 17, 2010
| 2:37 PM
"That's the most beautiful thing — that flag," Helen Harris whispered to me in her thick, Greek accent, as the Boy Scouts hoisted Old Glory last week, on a warm, blustery Veterans Day.
During World War II, Harris had been the official translator...
| May 24, 2010
| 3:55 PM
Here are reviews of offerings at the Orlando International Fringe Festival from Sentinel theater critic Matthew J. Palm, staff writers Tod Caviness, Dewayne Bevil, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jim Abbott, Martha Phifer, Alsy Acevedo and Fringe correspondent Mary...
| Jun 6, 2010
Villages in the Bavarian Alps go to sleep early on summer nights. Silence rolls down from the mountaintops along with an eiderdown blanket of fog. A cowbell chimes. A few lights flicker, then go out.
But not this summer in Oberammergau, about 50 miles...
| Jun 20, 2010
Last winter, when Kelly, my teenage son, and I rode trains for a total of 50 hours across France, Germany, Britain and the Low Countries on a frenetic two-week trip (journalistic research for me), we never waited long or walked far to make a connection....