| Dec 17, 2010
| 3:01 PM
While isolating himself on a Las Vegas veranda during his honeymoon, Edward remembers a summer of his youth spent in California, visiting the grieving family of his deceased pen pal — a boy killed by bees, or perhaps something worse. In...
| Feb 5, 2011
| 2:20 PM
At Rattlesnake Middle School in Missoula, Mont., Baird Harper was the cool sixth-grade special education teaching assistant, but he was also thinking, and listening, like a writer.
One idea, scribbled on the back of a hall pass six years ago, morphed...
| Feb 21, 2011
| 10:27 AM
When two young men ran from Iwowari Wright’s taxi van after one of their credit cards was declined, she was resigned to accepting the loss of a $22 fare.
But before she got a chance to leave the University Village neighborhood where she dropped...
| Oct 15, 2010
| 6:18 PM
This is a short story about a long story, a story so long it arrived on my desk in pieces, in two Joseph Conrad-size chunks, presumably for easier handling. This was the early galley of "The Instructions," Chicago native Adam Levin's first novel. It's...
| Mar 7, 2011
| 1:10 PM
"Push Comes to Shove: New Images of Aggressive Women"
By Maud Lavin
The MIT Press, 312 pages, $27.95
Aggression provokes complex feelings. On the one hand, we think of aggressive people as pushy, domineering, and quite possibly violent or threatening. At...
| Aug 23, 2011
Armando Saltiel's parents used to take him skiing in Aspen, Colo., but the altitude became too much for his fragile lungs. He rode horses, too, but his severe scoliosis made that intolerable.
Born with a genetic brain abnormality that limits his...
| Nov 25, 2011
The annual Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, in Annapolis. Event takes place rain or shine and concludes with a fireworks display. Among the entries this year are "Chesapeake Reindeer,"...
| Oct 4, 2011
| 10:00 PM
Dmitry Samarov, like Travis Bickle, is God's lonely man, cruising the streets of Chicago, watching for your arm to shoot out and beckon him, taking note of the odd, offhanded things you say after you climb into his cab.
He is a taxi driver, and with...
| May 17, 2011
| 11:43 AM
The family of a woman who was struck and killed by a tour bus in Streeterville earlier this month has filed a wrongful death suit against the bus company, arguing it should not have hired the driver.
The driver, David Soto, remains in jail on...
| May 24, 2011
| 7:12 AM
Artist LeRoy Neiman, known for his colorful and energetic paintings of sports events, and his wife are donating $5 million to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for a new student center, the school announced today.
Neiman is an alumnus and former...
| Jun 5, 2011
| 7:17 PM
Few can own a room like Robert Downey Jr., but the never-dull "Iron Man" star opted to concede the spotlight to Jamie Foxx at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago hotel. Well, more like share it.
Foxx, who received the Renaissance Award Saturday at the Gene Siskel...