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  • Review: 'The Lost Book of Mormon' by Avi Steinberg

    Review: 'The Lost Book of Mormon' by Avi Steinberg
    Joan Didion famously said that "we tell ourselves stories in order to live." Didion was talking of the way we create narratives out of the stuff of our lives, attempting to make sense, to extract meaning, from what happens to us, what we observe around...
  • Review: 'See You in Paradise' by J. Robert Lennon

    Review: 'See You in Paradise' by J. Robert Lennon
    What's the worst thing that could happen between you and your wife? She cheats on you with a wealthy businessman and announces her plans to leave the family to live with him? She invites friends over for dinner then intentionally singes them with...
  • PEN Center USA literary awards a star-filled event

    PEN Center USA literary awards a star-filled event
    The PEN Center USA literary awards, as always, honored excellent writing and celebrated heroes of free speech on Tuesday. And host Aisha Tyler exercised it with a high-energy, highly profane commentary that kicked the event's energy up a notch. That...
  • Review: 'Brothas Be, Yo Like George...' by George Clinton with Ben Greenman

    Review: 'Brothas Be, Yo Like George...' by George Clinton with Ben Greenman
    Even though George Clinton, leader of the funk collective Parliament-Funkadelic, is the architect of some of the world's most vibrant music and a man with some stories to tell, I was wary when I heard about his memoir, "Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain't...
  • 'Topless Cellist' depicts life of performance artist Charlotte Moorman

    'Topless Cellist' depicts life of performance artist Charlotte Moorman
    Charlotte Moorman was an ambitious, classically trained cellist when she arrived in New York in 1957. She aimed to become a soloist, but the career she ultimately attained as an avant-garde performance artist was truly singular. Joan Rothfuss, a...
  • 'The Mayor' by Richard Riordan short on revelations, insight

     'The Mayor' by Richard Riordan short on revelations, insight
    In his long public life in Los Angeles, including eight years as mayor, few ever accused Richard J. Riordan of being the Great Communicator. Sincere. Awkward. Generous. Tone deaf. Unbending. Passionate. All of those, yes. But capable of moving people...
  • Review: 'Yes Please' by Amy Poehler

    Review: 'Yes Please' by Amy Poehler
    I wrote this review for Amy Poehler's "Yes Please" on the Red Line to my cubicle job in the South Loop. I wrote it on a plane to a conference in Nashville, Tenn. I wrote it in the car, waiting for my 6-year-old son to finish school. I kept trying to...
  • Aasif Mandvi on 'No Land's Man'

     Aasif Mandvi on 'No Land's Man'
    As "senior brown correspondent" (and sometimes "senior Muslim correspondent"), Aasif Mandvi is often one of the funniest performers on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart." But in real life, Mandvi — whose family emigrated from India...
  • The Biblioracle: Speaking truth with power

    The Biblioracle: Speaking truth with power
    Ninety-percent of my reading diet is fiction. There's something about writers who take the ingredients of the world and turn them into something that reaches toward art that I find endlessly compelling. But I always mix a little nonfiction into my...
  • Review: 'Being Miss America' by Kate Shindle

    Review: 'Being Miss America' by Kate Shindle
    The Miss America Pageant: good thing or bad thing? In this well-researched, compellingly written, page-turner of a memoir/journalistic exposé, former Miss America Kate Shindle says it's both: "The largest provider of scholarships for women in the world"...
  • Review: 'Daring' by Gail Sheehy

    Review: 'Daring' by Gail Sheehy
    One afternoon in 1969, Gail Sheehy and Gloria Steinem met for lunch at the Plaza Oak Room in Manhattan. As a special courtesy, the hotel agreed to waive its ban on women attending the restaurant unaccompanied by a man. "Daring: My Passages" —...