| Feb 12, 2012
1 Melanin, the pigment that gives color to skin (and eyes) is produced in cells called melanocytes. Every person has about the same number of these cells, regardless of race, but those with darker skin have larger cells that produce more pigment....
| Jul 30, 2012
| 9:09 AM
We never seem to lose our appetite for stories about the end of the world. And novelist Peter Heller has written a good one. The Dog Stars reads a little like Cormac McCarthy’s The Road mixed with Mad Max, Contagion, Jack London and issues of...
| Jul 20, 2010
| 11:49 AM
If you have ever wondered if Shakespeare would admire your writing or Hemingway would ask you to help him write a new novel, then it's time to find out if you really could. Share |
Which Famous Author Do You Mimic in Your Writing Style?customer surveys
| Jul 18, 2011
| 4:23 PM
After spending time in the outdoors all spring on activities like camping, taking part in the Lehigh River Sojourn, traversing the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor’s northernmost trail, I’ve come to the conclusion that I’...
| Mar 11, 2010
| 4:32 PM
Below are two pieces about "The Pacific," which debuts on HBO Sunday and which chronicles the battles fought by Marines in the Pacific during World War II. The first piece is a feature in which I interviewed Marines past and present and also talked to...
| Jun 30, 2010
July Fourth: Rockets will scream through the darkening sky, sparklers will sputter and cherry bombs will pop in backyards all across the United States. Why not also celebrate Independence Day with a firecracker of a wine, a zinfandel from California's...
| Nov 25, 2010
Celebrities are cashing in on their fame by designing clothes, concocting fragrances, writing books and creating fine art. For those shopping for the celebrity obsessed, it has never been easier.
Anderson's Bookshop in Downers Grove and Naperville...
| Jan 21, 2011
| 4:57 PM
Brr! Think Chicago is cold? This list of weather-driven stories will make this chilly city seem downright balmy. (Still, best to read these warmly indoors.)
"Nine Below Zero" (2000)
By Kevin Canty
Vintage, 384 pages, $18
With his signature knack for...
| Feb 25, 2011
| 4:05 AM
There are rewards to writers for each genre of writing, be it history, poetry, biography, investigative reporters or columnists. The immediate response for weekly articles, while sometimes harsh, can be most gratifying. A recent column about the life of...
| Aug 9, 2011
| 1:05 AM
George Santayana famously wrote, Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
Santayana's point in this much misunderstood phrase, according to historian Ted McAllister, is that without memory each generation is forced to learn...
| Sep 4, 2011
| 6:48 AM
In a world full of change, it seems one thing remains the same: If you want to be you, be you. Oftentimes, artists find themselves creating works within the “traditional” definitions of their art form, or conforming to societal pressures. This...