| Oct 24, 2012
| 8:15 AM
Need a brain escape after election day?
Award-winning British stage and screen actress Miriam Margolyes will perform her celebrated production of “Dickens’ Women,” where she portrays 23 of the author’s best-loved characters, on...
| Mar 8, 2013
| 4:31 PM
"Manifest Injustice" is an apt, allegorical title for Barry Siegel's latest book, which makes three points didactically: First, the law can be an ass — to a greater extent than Charles Dickens imagined. Second, when it comes to administering...
| Aug 24, 2012
| 3:56 PM
"Kaffir Boy" by Mark Mathabane was the book that impacted me the most.
— Denise Hill, Chicago
"Advise and Consent" by Allen Drury and "Gone with the Wind" by Margaret Mitchell.
—Nikki Rosati, Franksville, Wis.
"A Clockwork Orange," by...
| Aug 29, 2012
The notion that one of Lake County's displays of splendor was going to ruin needled those who have sampled its delights.
And no wonder. The mansion built by citrus grower and developer William J. Howey is a gem like no other in these parts. Designed by a...
| Sep 6, 2012
Hara Kiri: Death of a Samurai
Los estrictos códigos de honor que sustentaron la cultura japonesa durante varios siglos, pueden verse reflejados en Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai, película que recrea la valentía de los guerreros nipones para vencer a...
| Aug 24, 2011
Jimmy Kimmel's uncle and comic foil
Frank Potenza, 77, a former New York City police officer who turned to comedy as "Uncle Frank" on his nephew Jimmy Kimmel's late-night talk show, died Tuesday.
In a statement, ABC's"Jimmy Kimmel Live!"...
| Apr 8, 2012
The Selected Letters of Charles Dickens
Edited by Jenny Hartley
Oxford University Press: 458 pp., $34.95
This is the bicentennial year of Charles Dickens' birth. We need no reminder of his eminence as novelist, but there are celebrations of his other...
| Nov 7, 2010
The Passages of H.M.
A Novel of Herman Melville
Doubleday: 454 pp., $26.95
"The time for me hasn't come yet: Some men are born posthumously," Nietzsche wrote in "Ecce Homo." It's a statement that might have provided comfort to Herman...
| Jun 11, 2012
In Martha Brockenbrough's heaven, old people show too much leg playing leap frog, and the church choir covers classic rock. Clearly, Brockenbrough is not a follower of the New Testament.
That's good news for heathen readers who will delight in the...
| Jan 29, 2012
The ancient story of Samson and Delilah shows how important a man's hairstyle can be. The tale has inspired sculptors, composers and screenwriters, and Samson's long locks are part of a long list of classic men's hairstyles. What follows is a look at...
| Dec 5, 2010
This time of year the outpouring of flash and sparkle is unavoidable; basic black velvet and silk, inevitable. We are encouraged to dress up with silver in the form of bugle beads or bangles that flash at the wrist. And gold? Don't get us started with the...
| Aug 17, 2010
James J. Kilpatrick, a nationally syndicated columnist whose strongly conservative viewpoints on politics, law and language appeared in hundreds of newspapers over the last five decades and made him a popular, even parodied, television pundit, died Sunday...