| Mar 15, 2012
| 5:55 AM
So many actors say they knew from an early age that they belonged onstage. But Amanda Peet actually hurled herself onto one -- while a production was in progress -- when she was 3.
"Luckily it was a children's play," says Peet, who stars in NBC's "Bent,"...
| Oct 12, 2012
| 6:18 AM
HARBOR SPRINGS — Go to National Honors Society meetings.
Narrow down college choices.
Write a 300-page novel.
You know, typical 15-year-old high school student things.
In July of 2011, Kate Liska, now 16, started a project. She...
| Oct 26, 2012
| 3:15 PM
I'm usually reading four or five books at a time. At the moment, I'm in the middle of Husain Haddawy's enchanting translation of “The Arabian Nights” (forget Cervantes and Sterne — this is where postmodernism begins); Jean-Luc Marion's...
| Oct 26, 2012
| 3:14 PM
Jami Attenberg’s family tragedy arrives bearing the imprimatur of Jonathan Franzen, who has praised the author’s “sympathy” and “artistry.” Franzen’s endorsement makes a fair amount of sense.
| Aug 23, 2012
| 1:56 PM
I recently took one of those online quizzes to test your accent, and it declared, accurately, that I come from the "Central U.S." The test said my accent is essentially no accent, the one that's employed by television news anchors, who are supposed to...
| Aug 23, 2012
| 2:01 PM
You know what's annoying?
Experimental short stories.
You know what else is annoying?
Adam Levin. He is 35 and grew up on the North Shore. He is talented and can't do anything half-
way, which makes him frustratingly, endearingly bold, the twin...
| Aug 24, 2012
| 3:54 PM
As Lucy Kobbs turned the final page of the seventh and last book in the "Harry Potter" series, she took a pencil to the wall beside her bed and memorialized the end of an era: 7/22/07, 3:20 a.m.
"It's one of those books that will stick with me for life,"...
| Jun 5, 2012
| 2:15 PM
Michael Robbins called from the road. He explained he was driving back to Chicago from Mississippi, headed for his new apartment in Andersonville, white-knuckling at the wheel of a U-Haul too big for him, a drumbeat of imminent freeway death pounding in...
| Jun 14, 2012
| 1:34 PM
We have 24 members who are all residents of the Southbridge Commons subdivision in Northbook.
Our first book was "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini. Since then, we have met 79 times and read 72 books.
We meet in our homes. The hostess for the month...
| Jan 20, 2012
| 11:59 AM
Our book club is a 17-member city book club, begun 16 years ago in The Buckingham Condominium on East Randolph Street, evolving to include friends from other buildings.
We mostly focus on current culture, a delightful example being "Major Pettigrew's...
| Feb 1, 2012
| 7:04 AM
In a blockbuster scoop this morning that had Broadway people choking on their cornflakes, New York Post columnist Michael Riedel reported that the powerful New York producer Scott Rudin had angrily pulled the plug on his upcoming Broadway production of...