Posted inArts & Culture

My Left Foot

The remarkable Daniel Day-Lewis plays the remarkable Christy Brown, an Irishman born with a severe case of cerebral palsy who eventually taught himself to paint and write with his left foot, in a film adapted by director Jim Sheridan and Shane Connaughton from Brown’s autobiography. Far from milking this subject for conventional sentimentality, the filmmakers […]

Posted inNews & Politics

Field & Street

The Illinois Department of Conservation (DOC) is spending $180,000 to study the eating habits of owls. Last week both the Tribune and the Sun-Times ran versions of an AP story out of Springfield that told about the project. I’m always suspicious of stories like this. They look like assembly-line productions: A reporter discovers a slightly […]