| Jun 27, 2010
Because Mark Twain traveled widely and lived in several places, the centennial of his death has prompted special events at Twain-related sites across the U.S. Among them:
In Florida, Mo., about 40 miles west of Hannibal, Missouri's parks department...
| Oct 22, 2010
Historian wrote 'Death in Rome'
Robert Katz, 77, a writer and historian whose meticulous reconstruction of an infamous Nazi massacre in Rome brought him fame and sparked a trial over whether he defamed the pope, died Wednesday in a...
| 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...
| Mar 8, 2011
| 1:09 PM
I'm walking along a stretch of the Adriatic Sea that reminds me of another time, another hemisphere. It's not the forest of pine trees that offers shade along the seawall on a poster-perfect 70-degree day. It's not the little docked boats bobbing up and...
| Aug 28, 2011
It's tough to teach school. As controversies rage from coast to coast over pay, tenure and training, here's a 10-part primer on teachers — pay attention in case there's a pop quiz later.
1 Pink Floyd's 1979 song "Another Brick in the Wall, Part II"...
| 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...
| Sep 20, 2011
| 12:42 PM
Back Off, Mom. Parents Who Hover Impede Kids' Activity (Source: Time.com)
Parents, if you want your kids to get more exercise, you'd be wise to get out of their way.
In a new study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers...
| Jun 9, 2011
On one of my days off, I decided to take my "resident" cap off and do Chicago's most touristy things possible. I hopped on a trolley, waited in lines with the throngs at Garrett Popcorn and did that thing at the "Bean" where you stand back and pretend...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...