| Aug 6, 2011
Diet Coke. Check.
A copy of "F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Short Autobiography" (Scribner), edited by James L. West III. Check.
If you're on your way to see — or see again — "Midnight in Paris," the latest film...
| Dec 28, 2012
| 9:01 AM
One of my New Year's resolutions is to work harder to persuade ideological friends and foes alike that the way to reduce partisanship and maximize happiness in America is to embrace federalism -- the view that we should push as many decisions as...
| Feb 17, 2012
| 5:45 PM
Running off at the typewriter. …
It will be absolutely shocking if Gators coach Will Muschamp doesn't dismiss sophomore tight end A.C. Leonard from the team for the latest in the perpetual string of embarrassing UF arrests.
Muschamp is still...
| Dec 28, 2012
| 2:20 PM
Chicago makes a claim on many writers — Nelson Algren, David Mamet, Ernest Hemingway, Carl Sandburg — even if those scribes spent only a portion of their lives within its sweet confines. But Thornton Wilder, the author of such iconic plays...
| Jan 1, 2013
| 2:30 AM
| Dec 26, 2012
| 9:34 AM
It's interesting to look at history, but it's even better to be immersed in it.
This week's road trip will offer options for both experiences, starting with a random thought that worked its way into my mind on a recent visit to the Edison & Ford...
| Dec 7, 2012
| 12:13 PM
In light of Philip Roth's recent announcement of his "retirement" from writing, a scene from the 1977 movie "Julia" comes to mind. It's a delicious cinematic moment, involving as it does the deft puncturing of pomposity — always satisfying to...
| Oct 4, 2012
| 11:57 AM
Up State Street from the Petoskey post office and the Petoskey News-Review building is Mrs. Potter's boarding house, where Ernest Hemingway stayed a good part of the winter of 1919-20 while he was still a bachelor. He moved there in December of 1919...
| Jun 1, 2012
| 9:31 AM
Out east in the wilderness of Charlevoix County is Slashing Road.
"Slashings" is a logging era term that means a cut-over area that has not been cleared of the trunks, roots, brush and castaway timber remnants. This leftover debris was also loosely known...
| Jun 3, 2012
At the Orlando Museum of Art through mid-July, you can take a visual trip through Florida's history with some of America's finest artists as your guides.
The exhibition titled "Reflections: Paintings of Florida, 1865-1965, from the Collection of Cici and...
| Jun 16, 2012
I'm preparing for another road trip, a journey from Central Florida to Key Largo: Alone again, naturally.
A few of my friends were worried about the unorthodox strategies I offered for coping with highway boredom in a recent column that included the idea...