| Apr 4, 2014
| 8:29 AM
Poor Basil. He was assaulted by bears. And Kate? She was struck by an ax.
Xerxes was devoured by mice, Victor was squashed by a train, and little Neville met what may be the most painful and terrible fate of all. He died of ennui.
| Apr 11, 2014
| 11:36 AM
The 86th Academy Awards were presented on March 2, and if you were among the estimated 43.7 million people watching the event on television you heard Jared Leto give an emotional speech accepting his best supporting actor Oscar and listened to John...
| Apr 18, 2014
| 8:07 AM
Many years ago, when she was relatively new to the world of photography — to the world, actually, since she was only 7 years old — Stephanie Freid-Perenchio went on a family vacation to Yosemite National Park and, oh, let's let her tell the...
| Apr 25, 2014
| 7:44 AM
Michael Miles opened a thick envelope filled with sheets of paper and said, "Here, have a look at these."
Near the top of the pile was a copy of a typewritten letter that he received in November 1988: "Only today I was able to get to listen to your tape...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 9:04 AM
When I think of General George Armstrong Custer, which admittedly I rarely do, I think Errol Flynn.
Lou Gehrig? Why that would be Gary Cooper's face that comes to mind.
Abe Lincoln? Daniel Day-Lewis.
Mary Todd Lincoln? Sally Field.
| Feb 14, 2014
| 8:42 AM
The formal arrival of Theaster Gates took place on the final day of January in the large and art-filled main dining room on the second floor of the Union League Club, where he was honored as a Distinguished Artist.
The club crowd was the largest in...
| Feb 28, 2014
| 7:57 AM
If you believe in ghosts — and you would not be alone: a Harris poll late in 2013 reported some 42 percent of Americans do believe in ghosts — it would have been a good idea a couple of weeks ago for the ghost of Nelson Algren to have...
| Mar 7, 2014
| 8:33 AM
"What's your favorite movie, Brian Hieggelke?"
"'Citizen Kane,'" he said.
"Oh, God," said his wife, Jan, standing nearby in the couple's book- and art- and sunlight-filled apartment in the Printers Row neighborhood in the South Loop.
| Mar 14, 2014
| 8:44 AM
It is very difficult to say "Happy St. Patrick's Day" in Japanese.
"There is no direct Japanese word for St. Patrick's Day," one scholarly Japanese friend tells me. "However, there are a number of written languages in Japanese, and one of these is...
| Oct 13, 2013
Miles Harvey has written a book that will ever be on my Best Books I've Ever Read list, 2000's “The Island of Lost Maps.” Also on that list is Alex Kotlowitz's “There Are No Children Here,” published in 1991.
| Jan 10, 2014
| 7:56 AM
Last Sunday, as you might remember since your brain is no longer frozen, was the nastiest of winter days. Still, a handful of people braved the snow and wind and cold and slick roads to make their way to the Museum of Science and Industry.
| Jan 17, 2014
| 9:57 AM
Three pigeons were sharing what was left of a piece of pizza that was lying on the sidewalk on East 53rd Street near Woodlawn Avenue on Tuesday morning, between the hours we human beings usually eat breakfast and lunch.
No one walking past or around the...