| Oct 18, 2010
| 9:08 AM
By Karen Tei Yamashita Coffee House Press, 640 pages, $19.95 (paperback)
"I Hotel," by L.A. born, Santa Cruz writer Karen Tei Yamashita, stands as the single most ambitious and experimental work of fiction I have read in a long, longtime. But...
| Nov 21, 2010
| 4:16 PM
As fans left Wrigley Field after a late-season Cubs loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, they were greeted by clouds of noxious diesel exhaust from charter buses idling outside the ballpark, some for nearly an hour.
On another fall afternoon, three tour...
| Nov 5, 2010
| 6:56 PM
Day after day, thousands of commuters are breathing high levels of toxic diesel pollution trapped in Chicago's two major rail stations and even inside the trains they ride, a Tribune investigation has found.
Testing by the newspaper found the amount of...
| Feb 6, 2011
Let's play a quick word association game. I say "Houston," and you say, "(Fill in the blank)."
You probably did not answer "quirky." "Astrodome," maybe, or "humid," or "We've got a problem." All solid, serious words that evoke the opposite of quirk.
| May 17, 2011
| 1:50 PM
Eden Sher does such a good job portraying Patricia Heaton's awkward teen daughter Sue Heck on the ABC series "The Middle" that people often don't recognize her in public. "That's good, right?" said the 19-year-old actress. "On a good day, I probably...
| Apr 21, 2011
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Babies exposed to pesticides before birth may have significantly lower intelligence scores by age 7 than children who were not exposed, three separate studies published on Thursday said.
Results from the studies -- two in New York and...
| May 31, 2011
Q: Please give me a recipe for veggie soup stock.
—Guadalupe Pacetti, Berkeley, Ill.
A: Here's a simple recipe from "French Classics Made Easy" by Richard Grausman. He encourages readers to try other vegetables when making this recipe but...
| Jan 26, 2011
The deeper the snow, the more we daydream about the garden. We reminisce about the tender, sweet lettuces and fresh herbs harvested just before dinnertime.
Because the ground is frozen and our salad cravings persist, we adjust the salad bowl to the...
| Dec 9, 2010
Fall is the harvest season, right? That's especially true when it comes to cookbooks, which every year arrive in a seasonal flood that puts apples and pears to shame. By some counts, as many as three-fourths of all cookbooks in the United States are...
| Sep 27, 2010
| 9:00 PM
Baltimorean David Simon, whose groundbreaking television series "The Wire" examined the institutions of his hometown with a passionate and unsparing eye, today won a 2010 MacArthur "genius" award.
The 50-year-old Simon is one of only a few people ever to...
| Oct 17, 2010
The Oct. 7 "Celebración," the Los Angeles Philharmonic opening night gala, attracted 800 guests to what looked like a high-tech supper club on Grand Avenue. Judging from the crowd packing the dance floor, guests could have danced all night — when...