| May 2, 2012
| 11:03 AM
Sink your teeth into this lit
Vampire folklore dates back 3,000 years, with the oldest myths coming out of Mesopotamia, though cultures from ancient Egypt to China had stories of creatures...
| Oct 18, 2012
| 10:38 AM
It's not the ghosties and ghoulies and things that go bump in the night that make Halloween terrifying. Rather, it's coming face-to-face with our own mortality. Two current productions, adapted from beloved horror writers, take aim at the thin veil...
| Oct 26, 2012
| 3:15 PM
I'm usually reading four or five books at a time. At the moment, I'm in the middle of Husain Haddawy's enchanting translation of “The Arabian Nights” (forget Cervantes and Sterne — this is where postmodernism begins); Jean-Luc Marion's...
| Oct 30, 2012
| 11:54 AM
"The Walnut Tree" by Charles Todd, William Morrow, 256 pages, $16.99..
July 1914, France. Lady Elspeth Douglas lives in England. She is visiting Madeleine Villard, a former classmate who lives in Paris. Elspeth has always had a crush on Madeleine's...
| Nov 1, 2012
Book ban: An Oct. 28 editorial on a high school library's ban on Stephen King's "Different Seasons" mentioned that two of the stories in it had been made into movies: "The Shawshank Redemption" and "Stand by Me." A third story, "Apt Pupil," was also...
| May 22, 2012
| 2:02 PM
After I read the following press release from Marvel Entertainment, the first thing that came to mind was "it's about time!"
Read it and then catch up with me at the bottom of the post:
Save The Date—Marvel Announces Landmark X-Men Marriage...
| May 22, 2012
| 3:46 PM
Saturday at the Windy City Story Slam’s fourth All-City Championships, six finalists—who emerged victorious from a lineup of a dozen top local storytellers at last week’s kick-ass semifinals competition—take the stage to see who...
| May 28, 2012
James Patterson has written so many books, he's lost track of the exact number. Ask him how many novels he's penned for 2012 alone and he shrugs, then guesses: "Twelve or 13?"
Often derided as a "factory" for being so prolific, Patterson has written more...
| Jun 3, 2012
| 2:36 PM
(Reuters) - Richard Dawson, an actor and TV host best known for his work on the game show "Family Feud" and sitcom "Hogan's Heroes," has died from complications of esophageal cancer. He was 79.
The British-born actor died on Saturday atRonald Reagan...
| Sep 6, 2012
| 8:49 PM
A nation of predominantly couch-bound television watchers got some bad news tonight, as President Barack Obama accepted his party's nomination and delivered the following line: "America's not about what can be done for us, it's about what can be done by...
| Jun 29, 2012
| 1:28 PM
This post has been updated, as indicated below.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invited 176 new members into the organization on Friday, including Octavia Spencer, Terrence Malick, Matthew McConaughey, Kristen Wiig, Kerry Washington,...
| Apr 18, 2013
| 9:14 PM
When Jim Gaffigan plays the Chicago Theatre this weekend, it will be a homecoming of sorts for the Northwest Indiana native.
His comedy makes no effort to hide his love for the simple things of Midwestern life. He talks openly about his love of food and...