| Jan 4, 2012
| 4:35 PM
The Thing issue No. 16 is a shower curtain printed with a short story by Dave Eggers....
| Mar 30, 2012
| 3:49 PM
First published on March 20, 2011. Revised and expanded in early 2012.
It's not easy being the lungs of Los Angeles.
But Griffith Park, the foremost green space in a city notorious for meager parkland and abundant smog, endures bravely, maybe even...
| Apr 3, 2012
| 1:13 PM
Our group is ALIOS, which stands for "A Little Island of Sanity." We are nine Lombard women who have been meeting in our homes since September 2005.
Favorite book: "Outliers" by Malcolm Gladwell. We spent most of the evening talking about it,...
| Apr 3, 2012
| 3:03 PM
Our book club is made up of mothers and daughters who support one another through many major life events.
Our members live in the north suburbs of Chicago (Northbrook, Deerfield, Bannockburn) and in Chicago.
"Zeitoun" by Dave Eggers was one of our...
| Jan 4, 2012
When it comes to sportswriting, I tend to subscribe to George Plimpton's small-ball theory: The smaller the ball, the better the writing about the sport. This has a lot to do with my own biases (I'm a baseball fan, not much interest in basketball or...
| Feb 2, 2012
| 8:46 PM
NEWPORT BEACH — Some people in the audience gasped as the aerial photo flashed on the screen at the front of the room.
They were reacting in wonderment as a color shot came up of the so-called "Loop," a section of the Green River that snakes...
| Sep 21, 2012
| 4:20 PM
As a devoted fan of this series (this is the 11th volume), I can report that this year's anthology of 32 selections might be the best yet. High school students from 826Michigan and 826 Valencia, parts of Dave Eggers' network of nonprofit writing and...
| Nov 19, 2012
| 9:51 AM
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Energy companies, environmental groups, and even Hollywood stars are watching to see what decisions President Barack Obama makes about regulating or promoting natural gas drilling.
The stakes are huge. Business leaders don't want...
| Aug 5, 2012
Syria, a great and ancient land, is being ravaged by civil war, with government forces using heavy weapons against rebels in the major city of Aleppo. Here are some facts about a little-understood people and country:
1 Syria is commonly considered a...
| Aug 1, 2012
| 4:47 AM
In a world more to his liking, Gore Vidalmight have been president, or even king. He had an aristocrat's bearing — tall, handsome and composed — and an authoritative baritone ideal for summoning an aide or courtier.
But Vidal made his...
| Nov 11, 2012
A few years after stepping away from her professional life to focus on raising her two daughters, Liz Cicchelli itched to sink her teeth into something beyond volunteering at her kids' school.
She found something way beyond.
Invited by a friend to the...
| Nov 15, 2012
| 8:00 AM
Novelist Louise Erdrich and journalist Katherine Boo took the top prizes at the National Book Awards in New York on Wednesday night. Although set half a world apart, both women's books express what Boo described as "small stories in so-called hidden...