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  • BCS standings: Alabama, Florida State hold top two spots

    BCS standings: Alabama, Florida State hold top two spots
    The Bowl Championship Series is sort of like what Mark Twain once said about the weather in New England. If you don’t like it now, just wait a few minutes. Two weeks ago, Florida State fans were panicked that their No. 3 Seminoles would go...
  • Turning to Mark Twain and Coen brothers to translate Salarrue

    Turning to Mark Twain and Coen brothers to translate Salarrue
    When Nelson Lopéz was preparing the first bilingual translation of "Tales of Clay," a landmark short-story collection by the legendary Salvadoran writer known as Salarrué, he turned for inspiration to some unlikely sources: Mark Twain and the Coen...
  • Jewel on the upper Mississippi River

     Jewel on the upper Mississippi River
    DUBUQUE, Iowa — Mark Twain knew what he was talking about in a Tribune interview 127 years ago, discussing the virtues of the upper Mississippi River. The big river around Hannibal, Mo., where he grew up, is less interesting, less scenic, he said,...
  • Review: 'Andrew's Brain' by E.L. Doctorow

    Review: 'Andrew's Brain' by E.L. Doctorow
    Shortly after the 1975 release of E.L. Doctorow's novel "Ragtime," the novelist drew not only praise but fierce condemnation for inflecting historical figures and facts with the spin of fiction. As his critics then saw it, his genre-blurring book...
  • Weather-Beaten? Not Exactly

    Weather-Beaten? Not Exactly
    Blizzards, hurricanes, ice storms, tornadoes, heat and cold, floods and drought — we have it all here in New England. Especially the "biggies," that is, the weather events that can impact or change our lives in a matter of minutes. For that reason...
  • Weather Still Has All The Elements

    In perhaps the most frequently quoted line from The Hartford Courant, this newspaper commented in August 1897: "A well known American writer said once that, while everybody talked about the weather, nobody seemed to do anything about it." The quip,...
  • Visit to 1914 finds first Eola fountain, Orlando cigars — and secret

     Visit to 1914 finds first Eola fountain, Orlando cigars — and secret
    To dive into the new year, here are a few tidbits about the City Beautiful a century ago, courtesy of Eve Bacon's "Orlando: A Centennial History." Lake Eola's first fountain The original fountain at Orlando's Lake Eola Park bubbled for the first...
  • Tickets on sale soon for 2014 Virginia Shakespeare Fest

    Tickets on sale soon for 2014 Virginia Shakespeare Fest
    Tickets to the 36th season of the Virginia Shakespeare Festival go on sale Wednesday, Jan. 15. Coming this summer, the festival will revive "Illyria," a musical version of "Twelfth Night" written by John Briggs and Eric Frampton, and "Julius Caesar,"...
  • 'The Ballad of Barnabas Pierkiel' a darkly comic folk tale

    'The Ballad of Barnabas Pierkiel' a darkly comic folk tale
    Magdalena Zyzak's delightful first novel, "The Ballad of Barnabas Pierkiel," has no noble characters, a good deal of mean-spirited behavior, and it all ends badly — in other words, it's a comedy. For those who think that religious fanaticism, racial...
  • Review: 'Flyover Lives' by Diane Johnson

    Review: 'Flyover Lives' by Diane Johnson
    Diane Johnson's sometimes delightful new memoir, "Flyover Lives," gets off to a start as rocky as an Illinois farm field uncleared of glacial debris. First, the title: Though people who live on the East or West Coasts of the United States might refer to...
  • 10 things you might not know about extreme weather

    10 things you might not know about extreme weather
    Just a month ago, scientists announced that they'd found the coldest place on Earth: a high ridge in the East Antarctic Plateau where it was minus 136 degrees Fahrenheit. After last week, some Chicagoans may want to nominate a few places closer to home....
  • Towering legacy of 'a little Dutch boy' marks 85th years on Iron Mountain

    Towering legacy of 'a little Dutch boy' marks 85th years on Iron Mountain
    Gentle, warm days and cool, pleasant evenings—January in Central Florida can bring weather that makes August a damp memory. This is the time of year when, long before air-conditioning, Northerners sought winter respite in the Sunshine State. It'...