Dani Brecher



When an eight million-volume library system won’t cut it


September 17, 2010

Lahiri speaks on life, literature, and libraries

Pulitzer prize-winning author gives talk as this year's Kestnbaum Writer-in-Residence


May 11, 2010

Out of the limelight, a cappella groups work in harmony

The singers and beat boxers in A Cappella Council are finally poised to take center stage. Compared to a cappella groups at universities like Yale or Brown, the U of C a cappella scene is relatively young, and it’s still forming.


March 5, 2010

Pepperland, the “Frisbee Frat,” to party again

“We think it’s a social building,” a MAC representative said. “The combination of the courtyard and the history is part of what’s here.”


February 23, 2010

Too Much Happiness has all the beauty without the brains

By the end of the collection, the reader is left to wonder what Munro might accomplish if she were to try her hand at writing stories about women who suffer less.


January 8, 2010

Dubious discovery drives Steppenwolf's original drama

The contrapuntal structure of the play is almost symphonic, with each scene serving to amplify and complement those preceding and following.


October 4, 2009

Noah's Ark Goes Green in Atwood's Feminist Flood

This year’s looming flu season brings along with it Margaret Atwood’s new novel The Year of the Flood to help feed our microbe-induced hysteria.


September 22, 2009

Coward caper gets dose of girl power with Elliott’s Virtue

Stephan Elliott's Easy Virtue may be more Andre than Dom Perignon, but it still manages to deliver a pleasurable two hours.


May 22, 2009

Chick lit tropes crash The Divorce Party

In her new novel The Divorce Party, Laura Dave works with good material and ideas but falls back on standard chick lit plotting in the end.


May 5, 2009

Bizarre thriller relates Dickens' last decade through eyes of rival novelist Collins

Drood, a fictionalized account of the last years of Dickens’s life, is an enjoyable, if overly long, thriller, complete with cameos from famous literary figures, practitioners of Egyptian occultism, and denizens of an underground city in the sewers …


March 13, 2009