Reviews and Articles

Selected writings:

Writing is Strong in Peter Orner’s New Story Collection, ‘Maggie Brown & Others’. A review. Originally published in the Chicago Tribune, Aug. 15, 2019.

‘The Border’: Don Winslow continues his timely, if brutal, ‘Power of the Dog’ series. A review. Originally published in the Chicago Tribune, Feb. 28, 2019.

In New Memoir, Jeff Tweedy Ruminates on Lessons Learned as Songwriter and Family Man. A review. Originally published in the Chicago Tribune, Nov. 14, 2018.

Crime Fiction to Heat Up Your Summer Reading List. A roundup including capsule reviews of Megan Abbott, Michael Koryta and Val McDermid. Originally published in Chicago Tribune, May 21, 2018.

Walter Mosley’s Latest Novel: All the More Relevant in Black Lives Matter Era. Originally published in the Chicago Tribune, Feb. 26, 2018.

Streaming Now: If You Like ‘Closer,’ or ‘Homeland,’ Try These Series. A roundup including short reviews of “The Bureau,” “Vera” and “In the Dark.” Originally published in Chicago Tribune, Aug. 22, 2017.

Bill Evans, Another Time: The Hilversum Concert. Lead review. Originally published in JazzTimes, Sept. 7, 2017.

Crime Fiction Can Make for Great TV – Or Sometimes They Get Iced. Originally published in the Chicago Tribune, April 21, 2016.

Jazz vocalist Gregory Porter: A singer who can be both cool and warm has a hot career. A profile. Originally published in the Washington Post, February 28, 2014.

Caffeine 911, Part I. Hangry for coffee at my shrink’s funeral. From my erstwhile blog jazzespress.

‘The Martini Shot’ by George Pelecanos. A review. Originally published in the Chicago Tribune, Dec. 31. 2014

When the Song Does Not Remain the Same. Reflections on 9/11. Originally published in the Chicago Sun-Times, Sept. 23, 2011.

Joe Henry: Connoisseur’s Blend. Profile. Originally published in DownBeat, February 2010.

Suffering for Cappuccino. Originally published in Huffington Post, February 27, 2009.

The Shaping of Ozarks: Jazz great Charlie Haden’s music spans the American century, from his parents’ country radio show to Ornette Coleman’s harmolodic improvisations, and back. Originally published in No Depression (The Bookazine) #78 Fall 2009.

Rosanne Cash: The LongJourney Home.Cover story originally published in No Depression, February 28, 2003, and included in The Best of No Depression: Writing About American Music, published by University of Texas Press, 2005.

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John Prine: To Believe in this Living. Cover story originally published in No Depression, April 30, 2005.

Vengeance as We Know It Takes a Holiday. Reflections on Clint, from “Dirty Harry” to “Mystic River.” Originally published in the Chicago Sun-Times, Oct. 19, 2003.

Windy City Forecast: Cool but Not Mild. A dual profile of Kurt Elling and Patricia Barber. Originally published in the Los Angeles Times, August 15, 1999.

Nathan Zuckerman’s Alter Ego Speaks Out. A review of The Facts by Philip Roth. Originally published in the Chicago Sun-Times, August 28, 1988.

Haunting Refrains: Sad Truths from Dylan and Holiday. Lady in Satin Meets Time Out of Mind. Originally published in the Chicago Sun-Times, Oct. 26, 1977.

White Bread, Hold the Mustard: Has Jewish Humor Lost its Bite? Beginning with: “When you think of modern Jewish humor, you think of lives of the craziest parties: Sid Caesar hulking clownishly over piddling reality on “Your Shows of Shows”; Mel Brooks cutting raunchy trails in “Blazing Saddles”; Woody Allen dreading the end of the universe and hearing “Jew!” in every “Did you . . .” in “Annie Hall” . . .You think of tumult and risk, outspokenness and revelation – of what Joys of Yiddish author Leo Rosten called “liberating lunacy.” Originally published in the Chicago Sun-Times, March 1, 1992.

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