| Aug 1, 2012
| 8:41 AM
"You don't live with choices. You die with them." That sorrowful pronouncement, issued by Jack, a gruff Navy vet father, forms the crux of the dilemmas underlying David Alex's "Adrift," now in its world premiere with Polarity Ensemble Theatre in...
| Sep 21, 2012
| 12:39 PM
On Thursday, the Poetry Foundation, in association with the Poetry Society of America, is hosting a timely event in Chicago titled "Red, White & Blue: Poets on Politics." It's part of a national series being held in several American cities, with a...
| Aug 31, 2012
This summer might have been too darn hot, but the theater scene is about to zoom into the red zone. It's impossible to do justice to the awe-inspiring variety of work that is waiting in the wings this season at theaters large, small and in-between, but...
| Apr 25, 2012
Southern author of short stories, novels
Doris Betts, 79, a novelist and writing teacher best known for short stories and novels that evoke the geography and mores of the South, died of lung cancer Saturday at her home in Pittsboro, N.C.,...
| Apr 29, 2011
| 4:34 PM
Poet Matthew Zapruder talks about writing about high culture and low culture. He'll be at the Festival of Books Sunday....
| Aug 19, 2011
| 4:32 PM
Madonna and Lourdes Leon's Material Girl adds beauty products, among other things....
| Dec 5, 2010
"Oh sleep! It is a gentle thing, beloved from pole to pole," British poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote in "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner." And, I might add, place to place. There's something special about bedding down where Albert Einstein, Marilyn...
| Oct 25, 2009
The Vampire Archives
The Most Complete Volume
of Vampire Tales Ever Published
Edited and with an Introduction
by Otto Penzler
Vintage: 1034 pp., $25 paper
"You have heard, no doubt, of the appalling superstition that prevails in Upper and Lower...
| Oct 23, 2007
| 3:06 PM
October 24, 2007
With this piece, we introduce a series of occasional articles in which contemporary writers look back at classic works of literature. Here, Jack Lynch, the author of "Becoming Shakespeare: The Unlikely Afterlife That Turned a...
| Jun 17, 2009
Happy the poet whose life and work remain so well-remembered that his name becomes an adjective.
George Gordon Byron, sixth baron of that title, is certainly a poet who stands in that rarefied company, though it's hard to believe that even the linguistic...
| Jun 28, 2009
Operation Bite Back
Rod Coronado's War to Save
Bloomsbury: 320 pp., $25
In Samuel Taylor Coleridge's epic poem "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," a ship strays into uncharted waters and an albatross appears out of the...
| Apr 6, 2008
By Nick Owchar
Why do so many monsters live in Victorian London? Was there something toxic in the Thames (Spenser probably wouldn't call it "sweet" if he could have seen it then -- or now) or in the fog that, as the Environmental Protection Agency points...