Sunday Ramble: Travels, Art and Jane Austen Challenge

C.J. and I visited Los Angeles this past week to see the James Kerry Marshall retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art, the same show we saw last summer in Chicago.  We’ve become big fans of Mr. Marshall’s work. It was a mad-cap three-day trip–drive down, day in L.A. and drive home–but we managed to…

Sunday Salon: The Third Book is the Charm

Usually, I love Ed McBain.  His 87th Precint series is just my thing.  Mr. McBain wrote dozens of police procedurals set in a fictional city, probably based on Chicago, with a recurring cast of characters.  Each book stands alone while following the lives of the officers and their families forward through contemporary America.  They are…