| Nov 24, 2012
| 8:08 AM
It has been a fallow interval at the blog because of some hectic days at the paragraph factory, domestic exigencies, and the like, but I am back today to advocate, in my small way, sanity.
Immediately after the late election, the outbreaks of...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 8:30 AM
This summer, Printers Row Journal invited kids aged 5-16 to submit reviews of their favorite summer reads. Here's what young writers had to say. Watch for more in the coming weeks.
This piece first ran in Printers Row Journal,...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 10:30 AM
With a charming, flawed heroine straight out of Jane Austen, a Dickensian rags-to-riches story and thwarted romances that hark back to the Brontës, Elizabeth Gilbert has taken cues from the greatest 19th century writers for her big 19th century-style...
| Apr 9, 2013
| 12:23 PM
Lookingglass Theatre Company announced its 2013-14 season on Tuesday, including world premieres set in far-flung locations and a play having to do with Charles Darwin. The Chicago company's 26th season, under artistic director Andrew White, will include:...
| Apr 28, 2013
This month has been one big hazmat spill. An Elvis impersonator from Mississippi was arrested and later released after letters containing the deadly poison ricin were mailed to President Barack Obama, a U.S. senator and a judge. On the other side of the...
| May 3, 2013
| 3:21 PM
I'm working too much at my art, seven hours a day with a break for lunch and a nap.
I'm working too little at my art, seven hours a day with a break for lunch and a nap.
This piece first ran in Printers Row Journal, delivered...
| May 13, 2013
| 9:50 AM
Like supermodels sporting the latest on the runways of the world’s oceans, each year a group of new cruise ships debuts. Here are some noteworthy ones being launched in 2013:
· MSC Cruises – The MSC Preziosa, a 139,400-ton, 3,502-...
| Oct 5, 2013
| 8:18 AM
"If you hold the door for someone and they don't say, 'Thank you,' that person deserves to be in hell," Chuck Palahniuk rails — in the most mild-mannered way possible.
"It also ticks me off when someone pushes the button on the elevator more...
| Oct 8, 2013
| 12:25 PM
Are you intrigued by nature's biological mysteries? A member of the Charles Darwin fanclub? Or just in need of some vicarious vacation time? Scratch all these itches and more at the Henry Carter Hull Library, where Peggy Adler will deliver a talk and...
| Oct 9, 2013
| 6:28 AM
For nature lovers it is paradise: Ecuador's Archipiélago de Colón, islands better known as the Galapagos. Located in the proverbial "middle of nowhere" in the Pacific Ocean, 600 miles from the coast of Ecuador, these remote islands of volcanic origin...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 4:25 PM
How to enumerate the myriad wonders and delights of “Totem,” now taking its viewers on a dazzling trek from the primordial to the cosmic?
For starters, there’s Cirque du Soleil’s signature yellow-and-blue Grand Chapiteau,...