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David Sedaris Has a Midlife Crisisnew

As we transition from talking about friends' houses where you could get high until four in the morning to the pitfalls of fatal elderly falls, it's evident that Sedaris' beloved sense of humor leaves him, and us, with many more years of good storytelling.
Chicago Newcity  |  Selena Fragassi  |  10-08-2008  |  Author Profiles & Interviews

Brian Azzarello's '100 Bullets' Comic Coming to an Endnew

The awe-inspiring creation will end its decade-long run after just seven more issues. Since its inception, the stars have aligned to enable Azzarello's labyrinthine revenge/noir series to evolve into one of the most memorable comics in recent years.
Chicago Newcity  |  Michael Moreci  |  08-27-2008  |  Books

Stephanie Kuehnert on Her Debut Novel, 'I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone'new

Everyone wants to be a rock star. Kuehnert’s protagonist and narrator, Emily Black, is no different. Living in a tiny town in Wisconsin, left alone with her father as an infant when her mother hit the road following her own rock-star dreams, Emily's now your favorite teenager, much cooler than you were when you were there, the dark hair, the red lipstick and the witty asides and retorts all part of the angst-ridden fireball.
Chicago Newcity  |  Tom Lynch  |  07-02-2008  |  Author Profiles & Interviews

Venn and the Art of Internet Bloggingnew

Jessica Hagy gets her work Indexed.
Chicago Newcity  |  Laura Castellano  |  03-12-2008  |  Author Profiles & Interviews

Elizabeth Crane's Optimism is Infectiousnew

The author's optimism, she says, comes partly from teaching at "fine schools" (including the University of Chicago and Northwestern) from her recent successes as a writer, and from the solid relationship she has with her husband.
Chicago Newcity  |  Laura Castellano  |  02-06-2008  |  Original Work

Sense Of Intimacy Prevailsnew

A unique sense of intimacy prevails in Pauline Chen’s first book, Final Exam: A Surgeon’s Reflections on Mortality. In this engrossing memoir, full of surgical detail, Chen, recipient of the George Longstreth Humanness Award at Yale, meditates on her experiences as a student and physician
Chicago Newcity  |  Laura Castellano  |  01-30-2008  |  Nonfiction

'Yalo' Looks at War Crimesnew

What is more damaging to a storyteller's accuracy -- time or torture? Here is the heart of Elias Khoury's mesmerizing new novel, in which a young man is arrested at the end of the Lebanese Civil War and charged with rape, robbery and collaboration.
Chicago Newcity  |  John Freeman  |  01-23-2008  |  Fiction

Anne Elizabeth Moore Charts an 'Unmarketable' Pathnew

Her latest book is a terrific, jarring and informed account of underground culture's infiltration by the corporate world.
Chicago Newcity  |  Tom Lynch  |  10-31-2007  |  Author Profiles & Interviews

'Loving Frank': Wright & Wrongnew

Nancy Horan recounts how horrific murders and a scandalous affair keep the legacy of America's favorite architect churning in her new historical fiction.
Chicago Newcity  |  Tom Lynch  |  08-15-2007  |  Author Profiles & Interviews

The 'Silk Road' Has Dark Shadowsnew

While central Asia enters its biggest changes in what might be a millennium, Thubron decided to re-travel the pathway by which silk once moved, from China, across Afghanistan, across Iran and into Turkey, and from there the wider world.
Chicago Newcity  |  John Freeman  |  08-08-2007  |  Nonfiction

The Unprintable Chomskynew

Say what one will about his ideas, Chomsky has taken this mandate seriously, even as his criticisms of U.S. power have marginalized him.
Chicago Newcity  |  John Freeman  |  08-01-2007  |  Nonfiction

Chicago Underground Librarynew

Cataloguing a cultural moment, indie style.
Chicago Newcity  |  Maude Standish  |  08-01-2007  |  Books

Lit 50: Who Really Books in Chicagonew

The 2007 Lit 50 once again looks less at the familiar faces gathering dust on the book jackets, and more at the often behind-the-shelves movers and shakers who keep the books in the stores and in our minds.
Chicago Newcity  |  Tom Lynch and Stephanie Ratanas  |  06-06-2007  |  Books

DeLillo Tumbles Backwards at 9/11new

Falling Man is an imperfect book, necessary, but necessarily elusive.
Chicago Newcity  |  Ray Pride  |  05-30-2007  |  Fiction

Lucky Girlnew

Nell Freudenberger's journey to The Dissident.
Chicago Newcity  |  John Freeman  |  04-25-2007  |  Author Profiles & Interviews

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