| Oct 18, 2010
| 4:52 PM
Ryan Buell was talking about ghosts before it was cool to be a ghost hunter.
Or so he said sitting in the 3rd floor lobby of the Omni Hotel in Chicago.
"It is not just an interesting hobby for me, it's my life" Buell said. "It didn't help me with the...
| Nov 19, 2010
| 10:56 AM
"85A" By Kyle Thomas Smith Bascom Hill Publishing Group, 223 pages, 14.95
At first, Seamus O'Grady, the protagonist of "85A," is really hard to like. He swears like a sailor and seems annoyed by everything and everyone around him.
But slowly, as pages...
| Jun 15, 2011
| 3:06 PM
It didn't start with Twitter — and it won't end with Weiner.
For centuries, the theme of sexual sins committed by the powerful has been scintillating source material for the arts. In poems and plays, in novels and films and TV series, artists...
| Dec 30, 2010
| 4:41 PM
"The Sunday Papers" radio show, hosted by Tribune reporter Rick Kogan, will feature David Royko, author of "Royko in Love: Mike's Letters to Carol" from 8 to 9 a.m. during the 6:30 to 9 a.m. broadcast on WGN-AM 720.
The Teen Volume book...
| Aug 22, 2011
| 2:29 PM
Despite the famously lengthy titles of its revues, the Second City has come up with a very short name for its new venue in the Piper’s Alley complex on Chicago’s North Side: “Up.”
Intended as a riff on stand-up comedy and the...
| Jun 16, 2011
| 6:13 PM
Women who report sexual violence on college campuses seldom see their accused attackers arrested and almost never see them convicted, according to a Tribune survey of several Midwestern universities.
The survey of six schools in Illinois and Indiana...
| Nov 30, 2010
With twinkling Christmas lights, jingling sleigh bells and chestnuts roasting on open fires — not to mention inescapable holiday jewelry commercials hawking diamond rings — it's no wonder December reigns as the most popular month to pop the...
| Sep 22, 2010
| 2:28 PM
By Tom McCarthy
Knopf, $25.95, 320 pages
Virtually every review of Tom McCarthy's new novel "C" you come across will include a rehearsal of the author's avant-garde chops. About how his 2007 novel "Remainder" languished without a publisher for...
| Oct 13, 2010
Recently, I was reviewing an alarming study in an issue of Pediatrics. The statistics only corroborated what I've seen in my own pediatric practice, where I take care of many adolescents.
Despite our parental and societal "admonitions" not to have sex...
| Nov 7, 2010
Reporting from Cairo — Take a glimpse across Egypt's sexual landscape and you'll see the devil's ploys, unrequited passions, mundane marital rhythms, tempestuous affairs, the threat of God, the shame of society and, in one wrenching scene, a village...
| Jun 9, 2011
The best crime sagas are stories sparked by the thrill of shortsighted dreams that ultimately lead to a violent, messy end.
Congolese writer-producer-director Djo Tunda Wa Munga's feature debut "Viva Riva!" is one such gangster drama, a nastily...