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  • Book review: 'O.K.: The Improbable Story of America's Greatest Word' by Allan Metcalf.

    Book review: 'O.K.: The Improbable Story of America's Greatest Word' by Allan Metcalf.
    O.K. The Improbable Story of America's Greatest Word Allan Metcalf Oxford University Press: 211 pp., $18.95 Is there another word as supple as "OK"? Those two letters, side by side, separated (or not) by periods — they answer so many...
  • Beard Science: IFC's "Whisker Wars" Makes Facial Hair Look Stupid

    Beard Science: IFC's "Whisker Wars" Makes Facial Hair Look Stupid
    I’m sure Freud had something to say on the subject of facial hair and our feelings about it. A projection of sexual power, an embodiment of virility, a kind of plumage designed to attract a mate, or simply a sign of having attained a venerable age,...
  • First edition of the Chicago Tribune newspaper

    First edition of the Chicago Tribune newspaper
    By the middle of 1847, Chicago had shaken off much of the transient appearance of a frontier settlement and was attracting attention as an up-and-coming city. In July, 20,000 visitors from across the nation streamed into Chicago--population 16,000--for...
  • Democrats, look West

    As pundits have already noted more times than John Edwards has uttered the words "two Americas," Democrats may well make history this presidential season by nominating, for the first time, either a woman or an African American. What the party will not...
  • Obama Becoming a Work of Art

    The eye's, the nose, the ears. For months local artist David Adickes has been spent over 200 hours thinking about it all. He's refining what we first showed you back in December. It was a model for a bust of President Obama. It will be the 43rd bust...
  • 'American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House' by John Meacham

    'American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House' by John Meacham
    American Lion Andrew Jackson in the White House Jon Meacham Random House: 488 pp., $30 This engaging new book about Andrew Jackson, our first up-from-nowhere president, takes its place on a crowded shelf in the library of national leadership. Jackson...
  • Everything you wanted to know about presidential inaugurals

    The Inaugural Ceremony Inaugurations are organized by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies. All presidents must be sworn in, which involves taking the oath of the office. The oath is listed in Article II of the U.S. Constitution: "I...
  • Hail to the chiefs, as played by . . .

    Hail to the chiefs, as played by . . .
    Americans usually celebrate the likes of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy on President's Day. But rarely are the less stellar commanders in chief ever mentioned, such as William Henry Harrison -- who caught a...
  • Senate split: Gov. thinks Van's not a used-up man..

     
    The Albany drama might have seemed to fit on the Court TV or SciFi channels. But Mr. Madore gives us an episode for the History Channel when he tells us that Gov. David A. Paterson invoked Martin Van Buren,......
  • Daedelus talks Low End Theory and the Boxer Rebellion

     
    Back before “beat music” operated as the umbrella term encompassing the Low End Theory sound, there was Daedelus, the Santa Monica-born musician known for breaching genre constraints and for a set of stellar muttonchops that could humiliate Martin Van...
  • Happy anniversary, First Dog Bo!

     
    It's been a whirlwind year in the life of America's first dog. It seems like only yesterday to us, but it's been a year since the Obamas brought Portuguese water dog Bo home last April 14. (We, along with a......
  • Was there a Dearborn? A landmarks primer

    Burnham Hotel: Daniel Burnham, a visionary architect and urban planner, was the chief of construction and director of works of the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893 and co-author of the far-sighted 1909 Plan of Chicago. Carson Pirie Scott &...