Archive for September 2016

The original is always better than a Jane Austen adaptation

A few weeks ago I wrote about choosing to watch Charles Dickens on DVD instead of reading him. For Jane Austen, I prefer the opposite. As I was doing my every-few-years reread of her six novels, plus some critical studies, an observation in A Truth Universally Acknowledged: 33 Great Writers on Why We Read Jane... Read more »

Hung up by DIY failure

This post was supposed to crow about my not needing a handyman to hang three boxes on a wall. But alas, I do need a handyman. The three wooden boxes, 10 x 12 x 4½, are to hold a 15-piece canister set that was my grandmother’s. The canisters must be at least 80 years old,... Read more »

Is Hamilton a must see? Is anything?

It’s not news that Hamilton is the hottest ticket in town. But is the musical a must see? Is anything a must see? Browse in a bookstore or on Amazon and you’ll see scores of books with titles like • 1,000 Places to See Before You Die •1,000 Places to See in the United States... Read more »

Explore your city on International Greeter Day Saturday

Saturday is the first International Greeter Day. We Chicago Greeters will be downtown and in five neighborhoods offering free tours to everyone that are usually available only to out-of-towners. We’ll be joining Greeters in 100 places around the world in celebrating International Greeter Day and the Greeter idea, which emphasizes informal interaction between visitors and... Read more »