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Dining@LargeThis is JUST like that Ray Bradbury story where they lock that girl in a closet on Venus and she misses the two hours of sun that the planet gets every seven years.Except with pork!A friend who keeps pork from......
Members of the Class of 2013, I salute you. As everyone keeps telling you, you are graduating at a difficult and even frightening time. I wish it were otherwise — that my generation was bequeathing you a finer world. We aren't. The world into...
Four Hundred Fifty-One Degrees is not a boy band. The group was founded by a boy, and it is led by a boy, but its ranks are primarily girls. It came together just 18 months ago and, depending on the week, it claims 15 to 20 members. That fluctuation...
Tags: Iran, Sherman Alexie, Teaching and Learning, Politics, Students
It may not rank with literature's greatest opening lines — “Call me Ishmael”; “It was a pleasure to burn”; or “Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendia was to remember that distant...
Really great columnists use all five senses. Guys like me use maybe two — taste and thirst. So when I heard about this beach football league, with a 10-game season and postgame bar bashes featuring free food, I said, "Sold." Journalism should...
Though known primarily as an author, Ray Bradbury had a fixation with Hollywood. It was inevitable that his skills as a science fiction writer would eventually land him work in the movies. His first gig was with Universal Pictures in the early 1950s,...
You can take Walter Mosley out of Los Angeles — in fact, Mosley did so himself, moving to New York decades ago — but you can't take L.A. out of Walter Mosley. The master of several genres keeps the city present, from his Easy Rawlins detective...
In an anecdote that sticks to the memory like an overdone cookie on an undergreased cookie sheet — those 2011 holiday baking mishaps still rankle — an American visiting the Sorbonne is accosted by a French student. "You Americans!" the...
Henry James once opined that the two most beautiful words in the English language are "summer afternoon." I would like to edit James — alas, who wouldn't? — and bestow the most felicitous phrase award upon the words "summer reading." They...
Tags: James Agee, Illinois, Julia Keller, John Updike, Fiction
In every life, a little fall must reign. One slip, one missed opportunity, one hesitation or wrong turn can haunt you forever, casting an intractable shadow over the rest of your days. The words "if only" are never far from anyone's thoughts. But what...
Tags: Entertainment, Music, Julia Keller, Paul Bowles, Travel
There are so many astoundingly bad things happening in Tallahassee these days that it's easy to get overwhelmed and depressed. But I'm not going to let that happen. Think of today's column as a verbal dose of Prozac — a pick-me-up in the form of...
Tags: Gardens and Parks, Justice System, Jack Nicklaus, Travel, Golf
May 19, 2011 |Blog| Baltimore Sun
May 10, 2013 |Column| Allentown Morning Call
Mar 24, 2013 |Column| Chicago Tribune
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Dec 30, 2011 |Column| Chicago Tribune
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Apr 19, 2011 |Column| Orlando Sentinel
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