| Nov 29, 2010
| 8:25 PM
What's in a word? More meanings than we might assume, if we consider the myriad ways in which artists in the California Biennial explore the use and misuse of words. The exhibition, at the Orange County Museum of Art through March 13, includes about a...
| Dec 8, 2010
| 10:45 AM
The city of light shone especially brightly in the early 20th century as artists in nearly every discipline came together and revolutionized the art world.
The new documentary "Paris the Luminous Years" explores major turning points and crucial...
| Mar 19, 2011
The fascination with Ernest Hemingway's years in Paris in the early 1920s seems to never die. Witness the sudden rise on bestseller lists across the country of "The Paris Wife," Paula McLain's novel narrated by the first of Hemingway's four wives,...
| May 28, 2012
| 7:55 AM
To purchase a copy of the book:
The Paris Wife: A Novel
Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park
200 North Oak Park Avenue
Friday, March 11
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Lake Forest Bookstore...
| Feb 10, 2011
| 10:37 AM
Sorry, Gertrude Stein, but you got it wrong with "Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose." The flower has a whole new identity: Out of the glass vase and onto the plate.
Long used in Persian and Indian cooking, rose is a flavor not commonly found in American...
| May 7, 2012
| 2:55 PM
"At the age of 10, I slept next to a coffin that Father had made for Grandma."
So begins "The Little Red Guard," a gripping, lyrical memoir by Wenguang Huang, a Chicago-based journalist and writer. As the keeper of his grandmother's "shou mu," or...
| Jan 23, 2012
| 1:16 PM
Drawing Rick Santorum's caricature brings back a famous quote that Gertrude Stein said about Oakland, Calif. "There's no there, there." There's no there, there, in Santorum's face. Weak mouth, weak smile, tiny dots for eyes, weak chin. He's got it all....
| Mar 13, 2012
| 7:31 AM
According to an article in the New York Times, Generation Y is extremely sedentary. Census data shows that young people are less likely to move to a different state, less likely to relocate for employment and less likely to take risks, whatever that...
| Mar 15, 2012
| 9:23 PM
The first house I owned was quite small, but it came with a wonderfully mysterious basement. Among the treasures housed therein was a wringer washer, a green metal cabinet that opened with a deliciously coffin-like squeal and a collection of textbooks...
| Oct 25, 2011
| 1:01 PM
If you're looking for the macabre side of Europe, skip the hokey rip-off "torture museums" and visit a cemetery — they're authentic, artsy and oozing with history. In honor of Halloween, here is a list of some of my favorites.
| May 22, 2011
The Accidental Genius of Weasel High
Egmont: $9.99 paper, ages 12 and up
A 14-year-old's quest to become the next great director is stymied by his inability to get his hands on a camcorder in this graphic novel by the creator of the...
| May 29, 2011
The Greater Journey
Americans in Paris
Simon & Schuster: 560 pp., $37.50
For more than 40 years, David McCullough has brought the past to life in books distinguished by vigorous storytelling and vivid characterizations. He garnered...