| Sep 26, 2013
| 5:48 PM
One of the brightest spots in what has turned into yet another bleak Cubs season isn't the blue chip first baseman or the erratic $60 million shortstop who tend to get all the headlines.
Rather, it's 30-year-old journeyman who has spent more time on the...
| Aug 24, 2013
| 9:12 AM
Until three years ago, Bea Kozera, who died this month at age 92, did not know she played a role in American literature.
In 1947 she had an affair with a man she met on a Greyhound bus leaving Bakersfield. He was Jack Kerouac, who would go on to write...
| May 11, 2013
| 12:51 PM
Taylor Mead, an underground cinema legend whose comic charm and sense of the surreal inspired Andy Warhol and other seminal figures in the alternative film world, died Wednesday in Denver. He was 88.
A fixture of bohemian New York who was also a poet...
| Jul 28, 2013
| 7:00 AM
When online eyewear purveyor Warby Parker launched its website in February 2010, the goal was simple: to leverage the power of the Web to offer designer-quality eyewear at less than $100 directly to the masses.
Three years later, Warby Parker has sold...
| Sep 4, 2013
| 1:15 PM
In most modern narratives, the story of the Beats began when Allen Ginsberg first read "Howl" to rapturous audiences, when his poetic evocation of youth gone wrong and hope and rebellion and power and gay love was banned and became famous.
That was in...
| Sep 30, 2012
NEW ORLEANS — The cab careened past Washington Square and onto Frenchmen Street. It was close to 10 p.m., and the neighborhood was filled with locals adorned with tattoos, piercings and lots of ragged black accessories.
"The cab drivers call this...
| Nov 16, 2012
| 8:11 PM
We meet every six to eight weeks. More than half of our meetings are at local bars; the rest are at the host member's house.
We are Chicago-based,
99 percent on the North Side.
We do not read Oprah books! We are very proud of how diverse we are in...
| Jul 5, 2013
| 9:22 AM
It's a big country, as they say, and no one knows that better than Philip Caputo. In "The Longest Road: Overland in Search of America, from Key West to the Arctic Ocean," the novelist, nonfiction writer and former Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the...
| Dec 1, 2012
Never mind the Morlocks. For a book lover, the most chilling scene in the 1960 screen adaptation of "The Time Machine" is the one in which the Time Traveler is taken to the decrepit library of the Eloi race. "I can learn all I want about you from books,"...
| Nov 24, 2012
| 12:00 PM
That's not writing, that's typing. Truman Capote said that about Jack Kerouac's “On the Road,” and right now, I'd be happy with typing. I could do worse. Heck, I'm already doing worse. My novel is a pathetic mess. I've been hearing about...
| Aug 2, 2013
| 2:00 PM
Picture this: Two surfers are bobbing on their boards at a remote surf spot north of Santa Barbara. They drift into a dreamy discussion and the question arises, "Wouldn't it be great if we could get paid to do this?"
That question, in various forms,...
| Aug 5, 2013
| 1:18 PM
Can Harry Potter pull off a transformation into a young Allen Ginsberg, future icon of the Beat generation? According to a spare 30-second teaser from the forthcoming movie "Kill Your Darlings," the answer is … quite possibly.