| Jan 20, 2011
| 1:08 PM
The prolific Roy Blount Jr., one of America’s preeminent humorists, believes that the Marx Brothers’ Duck Soup is “the greatest war movie ever made.” He said as much on the cover of his new book, Hail, Hail, Euphoria!: Presenting...
| Oct 31, 2010
After living in Rome for almost three years, I moved back to the U.S. at the beginning of the summer. I packed up my apartment, gave my books to friends and left my potted plants for the next tenant.
Now someone else is standing at the window overlooking...
| Oct 26, 2011
| 11:24 AM
Motherfucker With the Hat
Through Dec. 2, TheaterWorks, 233 Pearl St., (860) 527-7838, theaterworkshartford.org
TheaterWorks aspires to be Hartford's edgiest professional theater company. They've extended their claim to the title with this production of...
| Jan 30, 2012
| 3:52 PM
Every so often a book comes along that changes the world in some way. Here is one such book.
What it is: "The Prince" by Niccolo Machiavelli (1532, Italy). It was written around 1513 after the Medici regime reconquered the Florentine Republic and...
| Feb 11, 2012
| 6:02 PM
The Conquest *** Cuando Nicolas Sarkozy se postuló a la presidencia de Francia en 2007, nadie daba un peso por este candidato caricaturizado por los medios. Cuando Sarkozy derrotó a los socialistas para suceder a Jacques Chirac y se coronó primer...
| Apr 19, 2009
Ernest Lieblich, a businessman and philanthropist with a passion for the arts who financed the painstaking restoration of a valuable 1930s-era mural and helped uncover the true identity of one of its creators, died April 4 at his Los Feliz home. He was...
| Mar 29, 2009
How Muscular Millionaire Bernarr Macfadden Transformed the Nation Through Sex, Salad, and
the Ultimate Starvation Diet
Harper: 292 pp., $25.99
Before Jack LaLanne and Jane Fonda, an odd man with an odd name reigned as America's...
| Jun 6, 2008
Leftist ideology may be gaining ground in Latin America. But it will never set foot on the manicured lawns of Francisco Marroquin University.
For nearly 40 years, this private college has been a citadel of laissez-faire economics. Here,...
| Aug 10, 2008
What a scandal it would be to see Adolf Hitler's portrait hanging in Berlin today or tomorrow. Of course, it could never happen because German law prohibits the public display of celebratory portraits of Der Fuehrer, as well as Nazi signs and symbols like...
| Jun 8, 2009
| 5:34 PM
(WGN-AM)- The secret collection John Sisto kept in his Berwyn bungalow had letters written by kings, Vatican documents penned by Catholic popes and even a handwritten book preface by Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.
In all, federal officials found an...
| Jan 22, 2008
If you're like me, you probably watch Comedy Central's "The Daily Show." If you're like me, you probably also turn to reruns of "Scrubs" or "Seinfeld" when the newsmaker interview comes on. If that's the case, you probably missed me and Jon Stewart...
| Nov 1, 2009
| 9:32 PM
Derby season's just begun and already somebody is griping about awards â Jonathan Chait, senior editor of The New Republic, who quotes a line from Oscar best picture champ of 1977 in his recent article: "Nearly every field of human endeavor has a...