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Chopsticks: A new and different 'novel'

There's very little we writers like to do more than gnash our teeth about the future of our profession.
A pair of hands at work
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 30, 2012

Big boss man

"Government should be run like a business."
Talking politics
By AL DIAMON  |  July 15, 2011

Revenge of the Blockbuster

You can rewind, but you won't survive.
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  May 27, 2011
Signs of the coming apocalypse

Signs of the coming apocalypse

IS THIS THE FUTURE? What the closing Borders on Newbury looked like yesterday:   Is there anything more unnerving than a vast, empty bookstore? Actually, abandoned, rotting libraries...
By Eugenia Williamson  |  April 13, 2011

Four and a half years

Eventually I was moved into a two- man cell and I had several cellees, as they're known.
In an excerpt from his new memoir, Pasta and Politics , the author recalls his time in a "federally funded gated community"
By VINCENT "BUDDY" CIANCI, JR.  |  March 18, 2011

Reaching a new frontier

Shetterly's new memoir, Made for You and Me: Going West, Going Broke, Finding Home is the story of hardships — financial, familial, emotional — not usually the stuff that inspires switching places.
Book of the times
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 11, 2011


Can't we all get along?

So there Phillipe and Jorge were on Saturday, standing in line outside the Borders in Providence Place, about eight people down from a guy who looked very much like Bishop Tobin. (Tough to tell with an overcoat shrouding the usual red carpet get-up.)
Let love bloom; bitching about bitching; new sign of the times; wise guys
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  January 21, 2011

Why Bookstores?

Boston is pocked by vacant storefronts. Businesses don't sell in this economy; they just disappear. But there is one exception: of all things, bookstores are selling like proverbial hotcakes.
As the recession claims more and more big chain stores, independent booksellers become hot commodities
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  November 26, 2010

Where Maine reads

Perhaps the most exciting part of my day working at Longfellow Books was The Spider Incident, which involved said arachnid emerging from a potted plant around 10:30 am to terrorize staff members and scurry, unscathed, underneath a shelf.
A decade into Portland's indie-bookstore movement, brick-and-mortar shops are holding their own
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 01, 2010

Elyssa East reading

Trusting that you enjoyed Deirdre Fulton's misadventures in Dogtown you'll probably be interested to hear Elyssa East read from her book at Borders in South...
By webteam  |  January 27, 2010
Champagne Dreams

Champagne Dreams


If your knowledge of Champagne history only extends as far back as your last cocktail party, we can commiserate. Before getting our hands on Colby College assistant professor Tilar J. Mazzeo’s latest book, The Widow Clicquot: The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled it (HarperCollins Publishers, 2008; $25.95), all we really knew about famed Champagne house Veuve Clicquot was that we loved the pricy bubbly it produced. Mazzeo takes an in-depth look at the veuve (French for widow) behind the label — Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin — and tells the story of how Champagne became synonymous with style. Some of it (like the pages about Clicquot Ponsardin’s obstacles during the Napoleonic Wars) reads a bit like a history textbook, but the inspirational rags-to-one-of-the-r

By Erin Souza  |  October 17, 2008

WEDNESDAY: Rishi Reddi at Borders

WEDNESDAY: Rishi Reddi at Borders

The lit buzz circulating around Brookline native RISHI REDDI reminds us of the hype that surrounded...
By Sharon Steel  |  June 12, 2007

The Bible of Red Sox Gossip: Feeding the Monster

"My argument was that if you really want a story that is going to portray the organization in all...
By Sharon Steel  |  July 26, 2006