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A Weird Wake-up

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Today was the strangest day of my whole life. When I woke up, it was raining inside my room! I went to the bathroom to brush my teeth and the tooth paste was black! Everything was the opposite. First I put on my shoes and then my socks over them and I slid downstairs on a slide.

When I got downstairs dad was cooking dinner.

"Where's mom?" I asked.

"She's at work."

That's strange. Dinner in the morning?...

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The Pale King

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David Foster Wallace Masters Boredom

"You order the data, shepherd it, direct its flow, lead it where it's needed, in the codified form in which it's apposite. You deal in facts, gentlemen, for which there has been a market since man first crept from the primeval slurry. It is you – tell them that. Who ride, man the walls, define the pie, serve...Gentlemen, you are called to account."

- A substitute teacher...

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Arsenic and Old Lace opens Friday at Corn Stock Theatre

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Imagine sitting right outside somebody's house, peeking in the windows and listening while murders are being plotted and covered up.

That's the feeling Charles Brown hopes to give audiences of "Arsenic and Old Lace," the final show of Corn Stock Theatre's summer season under the tent in Upper Bradley Park. The show opens Friday and continues through Sept. 3, starting at 7:30 p.m. each night. Tickets are $12 each for adults and $10 for...

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Artist in Residence: Norm Kelly

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Norm Kelly plays tennis frequently, racquetball often and golf at least weekly. Being 80 and retired, he has the time.

But none of those things are his true passion, which is telling stories. He'll regale you verbally or with one of the many novels and short stories he has penned through the years.

All of them center on his hometown of Peoria and Kelly, a retired private investigator, has had no trouble being able to turn...

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Bradley grad is new Food Network star

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Reprinted with permission of Bradley University

Forget apples. Jeff Mauro '00 advises everyone to eat a sandwich a day.

"From top to bottom, every sandwich is a journey of flavors and textures we should all treat ourselves to at least once a day," Mauro said.

Mauro doesn't just enjoy eating sandwiches; he's an expert sandwich maker – a professional chef who will now share his culinary passion and unique comedic...

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Son Room

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Freud's Swiss-army-knife opened the spectral lid
of the unconscious
with no less awe than we this door.

Here myth's kite snagged adolescent power lines,
down that string the primal electric flicking his body's switches.
This boy, his own executioner.

We of the bad back
walk among the ruins of what we've made
now unmade into his own.

Once his tractor plowed this pocked hardwood
among blocks...

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'The Pale King' Book Pre-review

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David Foster WallaceDavid Foster Wallace

A little back story

On September 12, 2008, David Foster Wallace committed suicide at his home in Claremont,...

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A Literarea Review: Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children

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It's an understatement to say the Young Adult book market has blossomed since the Harry Potter phenomenon hit the scene in the '90s. And it's an additional understatement to say that there have been many posers who've clutched at Potter's coattails along the way.

"Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children" definitely is capitalizing on the cavernous desire that seems to be out there for youth-targeted fantasy-based books. But it is not...

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