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In a widely circulated interview with Publishers Weekly, writer Claire Messud was asked if she would want to be friends with the protagonist of her new novel, "The Woman Upstairs." She responded with frustration: "For heaven’s sake, what kind of...
ReutersApr 22 (TheWrap.com) - It used to be well known in Hollywood: no one ever leaves CAA voluntarily. Why would they? There's nowhere to go but down from from the biggest agency in town. But over the past three months, no fewer than five high-profile...
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...
Some fine actors have contracted to appear in "How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)," a multi-generational family comedy premiering Wednesday night on ABC. It should do their careers no lasting harm. It is the sort of neither-here-...
I’m of two minds about “Philip Roth: Unmasked,” the “American Masters” documentary that airs Friday night on PBS. On the one hand, it’s always a pleasure to hear Roth, who turned 80 this month and recently announced...
Tribune reporter"Writing" seems an inadequate word to describe what Stephen Sondheim has done, yet it is the breadth, impact and influence of his writing that have won him the 2011 Chicago Tribune Literary Prize for lifetime achievement. The 81-year-old composer and...
Tribune ReporterYou know you are in the midst of award season when it seems that new finalists and winners are being announced every week. Considering the onslaught of recent medal announcements and award ceremonies, we can definitely say that the season is now upon us....
Don't mess with Jodi Picoult. The author of a string of best-selling popular novels with weighty themes ripped from the headlines, Picoult pulls no punches. Her latest book, out this month, is "The Storyteller," which is about a young woman who finds...
This is kind of embarrassing to admit, but until just recently I was under the misguided impression that a Pulitzer Prize in poetry might actually entitle a gal to a little literary respect. Good thing I had the nice folks at British publisher Faber and...
The room is arranged like a gallery, hung with photographs of various sizes and shapes, framed and unframed, surrounding the artist Catherine Opie, who looks pleased as she observes from a rocking chair. This studio built behind her house in West...
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When I was a 30-year-old MFA student just starting the Creative Writing program in fiction at UC Irvine, I sat down with my advisor. So, she asked me, what are your plans for your two years here? Well, I said, I figure I’ll write a collection of...
Whenever a new collection of stories by Alice Munro appears, which is often enough, reviewers compete to see who can gush about her most hyperbolically. She is "the living writer most likely to be read in a hundred years" (The Atlantic), "the best fiction...
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