| Jun 1, 2008
A Personal Biography
W.W. Norton: 392 pp., $27.95
This is a beautiful book. As its subtitle suggests, the poet Stanley Plumly here provides a "personal" assessment of the life and work of John Keats; his biography has...
| Mar 24, 2008
Cut off from the world, even in parts of his own home, Aitzaz Ahsan did what many of his compatriots do in times of personal and political crisis: He wrote a poem.
Months of house arrest had left the celebrated lawyer enraged over his isolation and the...
| Jun 23, 2008
LA JOLLA -- As your eyes plot the final few steps down the central staircase in UC San Diego's new student center, they land on a red terrazzo text panel that reads: "Perfect order is the forerunner of perfect horror." Not exactly a soft landing but...
| Sep 18, 2009
Fall is about to color foliage a zillion shades of yellow, red and orange. Here are 10 options for leaf peepers who want to enjoy autumn panoramas --some of the programs are by land and others by sea.
Bike Escapades -- You can bike amidst the...
| Oct 4, 2009
CRITICISM IN AMERICAN CULTURE: New releases
Here are five titles that put the lie to the notion that criticism is a dying art.
Corn Flakes With
And Other Tales from
a Rock 'n' Roll Life
Rodale: 280 pp., $24.99
| Oct 8, 2009
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David Galenson, professor of economics at the University of Chicago, and Joshua Kotin, graduate student in English language and literature and editor of the Chicago Review discuss the nature of artistic genius and evaluate the careers of such diverse...
| Nov 1, 2009
The Suicide Run
Five Tales of the Marine Corps
Random House: 198 pp., $24
The business -- and I use the word advisedly -- of posthumous publication is a troubling one. We honor our dear dead. Yet there are certain kinds of attention...
| Nov 10, 2009
Despite his reputation as a public performer, the poet Robert Frost came uneasily both to readings and lectures of any kind. He was so nervous about public speaking that he once put stones in his shoes to distract him from stage fright; early on, he...
| Jun 14, 2009
DES MOINES -- During the weekly Sunday afternoon drag show at The Garden, one of this state's handful of gay clubs, a crisis emerged. As audience members nursed their beers in the dim room, the performer scheduled to next step forward and twist and...
| Jul 9, 2009
| 5:15 PM
(WGN-AM)- A former special education teacher acquitted of charges that he physically abused several of his students has sued the Village of Schaumburg and a police detective, claiming he was maliciously prosecuted.
Patrick McCarthy, 32, of Palatine filed...
| Aug 9, 2009
Bloomsbury: 222 pp., $18
Travel writing is a category filled with subsets and divisions, but there are two principal modes. The first is that of discovery -- a voyager sets out to find a place that he or she has never...
| Aug 30, 2009
Love and Summer
Viking: 212 pp., $25.95
That William Trevor has not yet received the Nobel Prize in Literature strikes me as a shame. Surely his absence from the list of laureates has more to do with the politics of national...