Life in TV times - Little Atoms
Little AtomsLife in TV timesLittle AtomsAll of them do terrible things, but remain capable of great heroism and dignity, as exemplars of what Saul Bellow called “the universal eligibility to be noble”.The Wire Rings true in a way onscreen drama rarely manages, and rewards the intelligence of ...
Posted on 20 January 2017 | 4:42 am
In praise of literary conservatives -
Financial TimesIn praise of literary conservativesFinancial TimesIt is there in Saul Bellow, whose greatest creations (Augie March, Moses Herzog, Abe Ravelstein) ventriloquised his own love of the western canon and wariness of fads. When his friend Allan Bloom assailed relativism on university campuses in The ...
Posted on 20 January 2017 | 2:45 am
Every Book Barack Obama Has Recommended
PEOPLE.comEvery Book Barack Obama Has Recommended During His PresidencyPEOPLE.comThis post originally appeared on Entertainment Weekly. Whether he's reading to kids at the White House, hitting up local bookstores on Black Friday, or giving recommendations to his daughters, President Barack Obama may as well be known as the ...and more »
Posted on 19 January 2017 | 12:12 pm
Prof. Martha Nussbaum to deliver Jefferson
UChicago NewsProf. Martha Nussbaum to deliver Jefferson Lecture in the ...UChicago NewsWorld-renowned philosopher Martha C. Nussbaum, the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, will deliver the 2017 Jefferson Lecture ...and more »
Posted on 18 January 2017 | 9:23 am
Omnivorous taste in books showed in
Omnivorous taste in books showed in president's speechesThe Times (subscription)Postwar classics — The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer, The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing, A Bend in the River by VS Naipaul, plus novels by Philip Roth and Saul Bellow, nestle on his reading list alongside zippy modern writers, such as Dave ...
Posted on 17 January 2017 | 4:01 pm
A Tour of Lake Michigan, My Inland Sea
(“I stuck around the amusement park at Silver Beach, where the cars of the Ferris wheel were covered, getting blackened, and I got soaked through my rain coat,” Saul Bellow writes in “The Adventures of Augie March.”) The park closed nearly 50 years ...
Posted on 27 August 2015 | 1:04 pm
Pera Wirszup, former U. of C. lecturer and
The lectures drew hundreds and featured such notable figures as authors Eudora Welty and Saul Bellow, historian John Hope Franklin, astronomer Carl Sagan and physicist Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar. That program continues with the Izaak Wirszup Lecture Series ...
Posted on 27 August 2015 | 6:37 am
Saul Bellow Was 30 Years Ahead of Me
Here's a fascinating little August tidbit, via Jeet Heer on Twitter. It's an excerpt from The Dean's December, by Saul Bellow, published in 1981. Albert Corde, an academic, is talking to a scientist (obviously modeled on the seminal lead researcher Clair ...
Posted on 27 August 2015 | 4:41 am
Ta-Nehisi Coates and the History Our Kids
Referring to the famous insult by Saul Bellow, he wants "'Tolstoy is the Tolstoy of the Zulus' to immediately be obvious to you." Coates tells his son that there is strength in the hood and wisdom in those streets, and that he must respect the common struggle.
Posted on 24 August 2015 | 5:22 am
New Saul Bellow Documents Unearthed by
HYDE PARK — The author of a new biography of Saul Bellow will be in Hyde Park Tuesday to talk about a trove of documents previously unavailable. Zachary Leader was lucky to have 150 boxes of notes, letters and early drafts while writing “The Life of ...
Posted on 24 August 2015 | 4:13 am