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The Case of the Mysterious Treasure Map

Weird, you think, squinting at the foreign object in your Froot Loops; you didn’t even know they put prizes in cereal boxes anymore. Looks like your day just got more interesting.
Choose Your Own Boston Adventure
By JAMES P. FITZPATRICK  |  July 22, 2011
This week in the Phoenix: Singing robots, stoner aliens, and book squads with blast-freezers

This week in the Phoenix: Singing robots, stoner aliens, and book squads with blast-freezers

Looking for a little weekend reading? Here's what made its way into the fishwrap this week.[theater] Love and RobotsChris Dahlen's behind-the-scenes look at Tod Machover's...
By Ariel Shearer  |  March 19, 2011
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Book Squad 911

On January 24, around three in the afternoon, a sprinkler pipe broke in the ceiling of the first floor of the Boston Athenaeum.  
When your library's underwater, who you gonna call?
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  March 18, 2011

The man in the yellow fur coat

The cultural critic Mark Dery worked as a clerk for Manhattan's Gotham Book Mart in the early '80s. One afternoon, he was taken by surprise.
As the Boston Athenaeum stages an Edward Gorey retrospective, his biographer reflects on the artist's lasting legacy
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  February 04, 2011

Albert Wein Retrospective at the Boston Athenaeum

Libraries typically stir up our bad memories of all-night study sessions and writing 25-page papers...
By Staff@Night  |  November 13, 2008

Time after time

The DeCordova Annual has been going strong since 1989, indefatigably showcasing work by New England artists chosen each year for the quality of their individual work.
The De C ordova Annual, New Orleans after Katrina, ‘Superartificial,’ 19th-Century Leisure Travel, and El Chango Verde
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  April 30, 2008


Local culler

For peddling some not-for-sale DVDs to a dubious Internet customer, local critic Paul Sherman found himself in the middle of an FBI sting, removed from his reviewing posts at the Boston Herald and the Improper Bostonian , and under voluntary house arr
Paul Sherman’s Big Screen Boston
By GERALD PEARY  |  April 22, 2008

Choose your own adventure

This fall, Boston is slated to become the seventh chapter of the youth writing organization founded by Dave Eggers in 2002.
Pencils, books, and peg legs? A new writing center is coming to town, and it’s calling your inner child.  
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  March 15, 2007