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  • Editor's choice: 'Florence Gordon' by Brian Morton
    Editor's choice: 'Florence Gordon' by Brian Morton

    As college students around the country debate whether to continue the tradition and stage a Valentine's Day performance of Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues" or cancel it for good, I found myself wondering: "What would Florence Gordon think?"

  • Ex-aide writes about being Obama's friend, valet and 'surrogate son'
    Ex-aide writes about being Obama's friend, valet and 'surrogate son'

    President Barack Obama's former personal assistant has penned a memoir, sidestepping public policy for the most part but dishing on the president's likes and dislikes.

  • Miranda July on 'The First Bad Man'
    Miranda July on 'The First Bad Man'

    For most writers, publishing a first novel is a professional milestone unlikely to be matched by anything that came before. Not so with the multifaceted Miranda July, whose debut novel, "The First Bad Man," is just one more highlight of a career that includes two heralded independent films,...

  • Reviews: 'The Game of Our Lives' by David Goldblatt, 'The Keeper' by Tim Howard
    Reviews: 'The Game of Our Lives' by David Goldblatt, 'The Keeper' by Tim Howard

    You'd think Americans would be so overstuffed with televised sports that we wouldn't have room for anything new, but in 2012, NBC bet $250 million on a contrary proposition: The network made a three-year deal to broadcast and stream the soccer games of the English Premier League, letting...

  • Upcoming Chicago literary events
    Upcoming Chicago literary events

    March 3: David Axelrod will discuss his memoir, "Believer: My Forty Years in Politics" with Tribune Editorial Board member Clarence Page. 7 p.m., Venue SIX10, 610 S. Michigan Ave., $20.

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