| Sep 1, 2012
| 10:24 AM
John Cage was a leading avant-garde composer for 40 years, but he also made spare watercolors, drawings and prints, plus the occasional painting, especially in the final decades of his life. Infused with the same spirit that characterizes his work as a...
| Aug 31, 2012
| 12:30 PM
A Chicago man was sentenced to life in prison for breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s apartment in 2008 and killing her boyfriend before stabbing her multiple times.
Christopher Jackson, 34, and the woman had broken up a few months before the...
| Sep 7, 2012
| 9:48 AM
Emily Skinner, whose Broadway credits include "Side Show," "Billy Elliott," "Dinner at Eight," "The Full Monty" "James Joyce's The Dead" and "Jekyll & Hyde" will play the diva mouse in "The Great American Mousical," which will receive a "development...
| Aug 18, 2012
| 2:55 PM
Brother Felix was a cross between Attila the Hun and Saint Francis of Assisi. I was his Achilles' heel. He taught honors English at Mount Saint Michael. By the end of my freshman year I could write the heck out of anything.
Brother insisted I keep a...
| Feb 5, 2012
Berlin: Put Berlin next to Paris and you have both sides of the coin: romance, which occasionally appeals, and eros, which never fails. "Berlin is sexy," said the German capital's openly gay Mayor Klaus Wowereit, and it's been that way since the...
| May 24, 2011
| 12:42 PM
Author Silvia Lehrer explores the food and wine of Long Island's East End, offering portraits of farmers and fishermen and owners of local restaurants and wineries. Winemaker Roman Roth makes wines on a small scale for his own brand, the cleverly named...
| Jan 3, 2011
| 8:25 AM
What are your resolutions for the year ahead? Posing the question both in print and online, here are some highlights we heard from readers.
From Facebook and email:
"Read, read, read...I feel like I used to have (make?) so much more time to read in...
| Jun 1, 2011
Not since reading "Charlotte's Web" in second grade have we felt such sympathy for pigs.
With John Edwards grabbing headlines again (now he's facing criminal charges in connection with his Rielle Hunter affair), Dominique Strauss-Kahn getting creepier by...
| Oct 18, 2010
| 9:08 AM
By Karen Tei Yamashita Coffee House Press, 640 pages, $19.95 (paperback)
"I Hotel," by L.A. born, Santa Cruz writer Karen Tei Yamashita, stands as the single most ambitious and experimental work of fiction I have read in a long, longtime. But...
| Jan 7, 2011
| 4:10 PM
Blocks away from Wrigley Field, hidden among the bars lining Clark Street, there is a literary outpost that traffics mostly in used and rare books. That place is Bookworks.
Owned by husband and wife Bob Roschke and Ronda Pilon, Bookworks has been in...
| Sep 15, 2011
Richard Hamilton, a British Pop Art pioneer who was credited with coining the name for a movement marked by its ironic and iconic use of commercial and pop culture imagery, has died. He was 89.
The Gagosian Gallery, which represents Hamilton, said the...
| Feb 20, 2011
Often started, seldom finished. That's the knock on James Joyce's "Ulysses." Everyone knows Buck Mulligan is "stately" and "plump," but by the time Stephen Dedalus' allusive stream of consciousness gives way to Leopold Bloom's humanist point of view in...