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  • The Biblioracle: Making a molehill out of 'Mountain'

    In 2009, Annie Proulx told the Paris Review that she wished she'd never written her short story, "Brokeback Mountain." Apparently, following the movie adaptation, which won an Academy Award for its director, Ang Lee, strangers felt compelled to send...
  • Me, My Shelf and I: Joe Bryl

    Me, My Shelf and I: Joe Bryl
    Many people know Joe Bryl as one of Chicago's most prolific deejays. But the Back of the Yards resident — a former bookstore manager — is also an autodidact and bibliophile who, in addition to some 20,000 pieces of vinyl, owns an extensive...
  • French tragedies hit close to home

    French tragedies hit close to home
    The tragedies that occurred in Paris last week, including the shootings at the office of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and the hostage situation at a kosher market that took the lives of shoppers, was in the minds of both the French and South...
  • Shopping Scout: Motor scooter, 'Gad Zukes' cookbook, Pfaltzgraff plates, more

    Shopping Scout: Motor scooter, 'Gad Zukes' cookbook, Pfaltzgraff plates, more
    LOOKING FOR Digital camera: Doris of Bethlehem is looking for a digital camera for the nonprofit transitional housing for homeless adults. The one they had to take pictures for their brochures and website has stopped working. Books: Phyllis of...
  • Scott Blackwood on 'See How Small'

    Scott Blackwood on 'See How Small'
    In the aftermath of any murder, every community is in shock, especially when the victims are innocent and young. The clamor for justice — and for its attendant consolations, resolution and closure — is immediate, loud and vociferous. But...
  • Review: 'Honeydew' by Edith Pearlman

    Review: 'Honeydew' by Edith Pearlman
    What does it mean to be a contemporary master of the short story? To be a writer's writer? Edith Pearlman is described as both, often and rightfully. On her website, she offers one possible answer: "I am slow," she says. "A sentence often takes an hour to...
  • The Biblioracle: This is spinal trap

    The Biblioracle: This is spinal trap
    Recently, I became aware of one of the scars of my childhood, hidden from my own view until suddenly, the depth of the wound became clear. Mrs. Biblioracle and I were in bed, reading. She was just getting started on Amy Poehler's "Yes Please" — in...
  • Review: 'Friends Disappear' by Mary Barr

    Review: 'Friends Disappear' by Mary Barr
    At first glance, the photograph that once hung on Mary Barr's refrigerator door upholds Evanston's widely praised reputation for integrated education and open housing. The 1974 photo depicts 13 black and white friends posed on the stairs of a home, the...
  • Review: 'Almost Famous Women' by Megan Mayhew Bergman

    Review: 'Almost Famous Women' by Megan Mayhew Bergman
    Maybe the world had been bad to its great and unusual women," muses a character in what might be the thesis statement of Megan Mayhew Bergman's second short story collection, "Almost Famous Women." In 12 of 13 stories, Bergman strives to do justice to...
  • Review: 'The Modern Savage' by James McWilliams

    Review: 'The Modern Savage' by James McWilliams
    James McWilliams is a hard guy to figure out. For more than five years, he's been cranking out contrarian essays that take aim at sustainable food's sacred cows: pastured livestock, organic produce, local food and, yes, even farmers markets. The usual...
  • Review: 'Captives' by Norman Manea

    Review: 'Captives' by Norman Manea
    For the three characters at the center of Norman Manea's "Captives," identity formation is a matter of survival: Haunted by their wartime experiences, the Holocaust and a repressive communist Romania, in which the novel is set (and during which Manea...