| Nov 18, 2013
| 6:00 PM
What if a shadowy organization told you it had been quietly keeping its eye on you and had concluded that you were exactly the sort of person who should be privy to its secrets for wealth and power?
What if that organization promised the success and...
| Jun 11, 2013
| 8:04 AM
Big Brother is watching. And people are reading.
Thanks to the ongoing National Security Administration surveillance scandal, George Orwell's "1984" is enjoying a surge in popularity, landing at No. 4 on Amazon's list of "Movers and Shakers." Sales of...
| Apr 29, 2013
| 4:32 AM
A weekly listing of intriguing, wacky, useful, provocative and otherwise interesting links that readers and I have come across and think you might want to see. Look for Land of Linkin' first thing every Monday morning and click here to......
| Mar 22, 2013
| 5:12 AM
Some video-game makers are motivated to make the most detailed simulation of warfare. Others re-create childhood dreams of monsters in ......
| Feb 18, 2013
| 4:33 PM
Among this week's new releases are a couple of literary classics (Anna Karenina and Atlas Shrugged), a real-life action adventure story about a fake movie crew (Argo) and a look at real movie director and his wife (Hitchcock). There's Fun Size, about a...
| Jul 16, 2012
| 4:33 PM
Maggie Simpson is in the spotlight in “The Longest Daycare,” the animated short that precedes screenings of “Ice Age: Continental Drift” ......
| Jan 30, 2013
| 9:25 AM
SportsQuest Playing With Purpose Scholarship
For any Christian varsity student athlete who maintains a minimum “C” grade average or higher. Applicants must complete the application, and if possible, submit SAT and ACT scores. www....
| Jun 27, 2013
The heat of summer 2013 took its sweet time arriving this year, even though summer officially began only last week. But as anyone in Chicago can tell you, the weather doesn't have to be ideal to make outdoor dining appealing.
Chicagoans, perhaps because...
| Jan 28, 2013
| 2:36 PM
Charlie Peters, a self-described "neoliberal" who edited The Washington Monthly, told me many years ago that the problem with liberals is they see themselves as heroes in a novel. Many conservatives today do the same thing, and they know just the novel:...
| Apr 13, 2013
Since my last column about health care appeared in this space, the system has continued to gallop toward disaster.
Today, under the federal government's "leadership," we often pay several times more in the United States for the same prescription drugs...
| Apr 29, 2012
In the worlds of myth and literature, plenty of figures have had their "lost" years. There are, to name a few, Sherlock Holmes (after the plunge from Reichenbach Falls), the wizard Merlin (was he imprisoned in a cave or was he killed?), Shakespeare...
| Sep 16, 2010
Edwin Newman, known to several generations of television viewers as the dry-witted NBC reporter and commentator who covered coronations and assassinations and wrote two bestselling books on Americans' mangling of the English language, has died. He was 91....