| Sep 10, 2012
| 6:28 AM
W.C. Fields' gravestone doesn't really read, "On the whole, I'd rather be in Philadelphia." But the comic actor loved to poke fun at his native city. When I was a student in Philly way back when, I did too. There wasn't much to do. It seemed like every...
| 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 17, 2011
Veteran character actor
Len Lesser, 88, a veteran character actor best known for his recurring role in the 1990s as Uncle Leo on the hit NBC-TV comedy "Seinfeld," died Wednesday in Burbank, publicist Laura Stegman said. He had pneumonia and...
| May 23, 2011
Creative-writing instructor Dick Wimmer's best lesson for would-be authors may have had more to do with persistence than prose.
His first novel, the well-reviewed "Irish Wine," was published in 1989 after being turned down by publishers and agents 162...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| Mar 13, 2012
| 9:36 PM
Chicago's Court Theatre has announced its 2012-13 season. Bereft of new work or major reinterpretation, it seems notably less ambitious than in recent years, but will likely please those who like to see familiar, well-regarded titles.
The season begins...
| Dec 18, 2011
A movie doesn't have to be jampacked with cinema style to have a memorable fashion moment or two, and in the course of screening the slate of holiday-season films, we found all kinds of clothes, accessories, hairstyles and makeup worth a mention.