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150 years later, war’s lesson still unlearned

There is an untold story of lies and deception, of paid substitutes and the little known use of child soldiers.
 Civil War Stories
By LEW KINGSBURY  |  June 07, 2013

Maine celebrates the Civil War sesquicentennial

"Other than statehood itself, there has been no more disruptive or transformative event in the history of Maine" than the Civil War, says state archivist David Cheever, who oversees the most extensive collection of Civil War documents in the nation.
Go back in time
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 25, 2013

The Lisps try to deliver a message in 'Futurity'

It isn't easy to put together a 90-minute musical that includes the Civil War, the birth of computer programming, indie rock, the internal dynamics of Lord Byron's family, mathematical formulas, and writing letters back and forth about an invention that
All we are saying
By ED SIEGEL  |  March 30, 2012

Lyric Stage navigates Big River

Compared to the mighty Mississippi, Big River is just a Tony-winning tributary. But to borrow a lyric from its composer, Roger Miller, the show climbs on the river's back and rides.
Finn tuning
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 16, 2011

Talking cures

Letting go is never easy. No matter what our reasons, every move we make away from someone we once loved involves regret. In a normal life, this can be bittersweet, tinged with melancholy and the sweetness of memory. In the aftermath of brutal civil war
Aminatta Forna's memories of war
By CLEA SIMON  |  January 21, 2011

Interview: Edward Zwick, director of Love and Other Drugs

Ed Zwick on Glory , the go-go '90s, and Cialis-bathtub symbolism.
Beyond Glory days
By TOM MEEK  |  November 26, 2010


Five artists address intimacy at MECA’s ICA

The largely performance-based offerings in "Mind-bending with the Mundane" inspect the confusing grayscale of modern relationships and family structures, addressing what contemporary domesticity looks like in a society of convenience and prerogative with
Taking vows
By ANNIE LARMON  |  September 24, 2010

Treasure trove

Visiting "Pictures from the Hay" is like rummaging through your grandparents’ attic . . . if your grandparents are amazingly curious, incredibly well-connected, and fabulously well-to-do.
'Pictures from the Hay' and Alison Owen's 'Divisibility'
By GREG COOK  |  September 10, 2010

Titus Andronicus | The Monitor

As if to allay any fears of a starchy Civil War concept album, Titus Andronicus frontman Patrick Stickles spends the first minute of The Monitor shouting out a series of cultural artifacts that postdate that conflict by, oh, about a hundred years: th
XL (2010)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  March 19, 2010

Secret Harbor

A home for the criminally insane it might not be, but the real-life Shutter Island is, like the one in the new Martin Scorsese film that hits theaters this week, a spooky and controversial land mass in Boston Harbor that is indeed off-limits to the publi
The real-life version of Scorsese's Shutter Island imports hundreds of homeless from the South End every evening; they’re among the few allowed on Boston Harbor’s isle of mystery.
By CHRISTOPHER KLEIN  |  February 19, 2010

Creating a legend

The soldiers of the 20th Maine Regiment marched quickly into the night, moving west from Hanover toward Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on July 1, 1863.
How Little Round Top made Chamberlain a hero
By DONALD G. FULTON  |  January 08, 2010


Soldier's joy

For a deconstructionist, the new album from Aaron Lee Marshall presents any number of philosophical difficulties.
Aaron Lee Marshall's intriguing Now Maybe
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 04, 2009

The South's opt-out program

During the Civil War
Idiot Box
By MATT BORS  |  November 13, 2009

Anita Silvey

In her near-40-years working in the field of children's literature, Boston-area resident Anita Silvey has been everything from a publisher, to an editor, an author, a lecturer, a reviewer, and even a professor.
Women warriors
By IAN SANDS  |  January 16, 2009

Girls, girls, girls

Around 1600, after a century of civil wars, Japan settled into an era of relative peace under the samurai warriors of Edo (present-day Tokyo).
Japanese ukiyo-e paintings and more at the MFA
By GREG COOK  |  November 06, 2007

Taking sides

Have you been remiss in taking a stand on the killing war in Darfur because the situation there seems too complex to understand?
The Devil Came on Horseback; La faute à Fidel
By GERALD PEARY  |  August 15, 2007


Is Iraq in a civil war or something indefinably worse?

The Today Show ’s Matt Lauer, as easy going a news guy as exists on television, nonetheless finds himself a catalyst of controversy for the second time in 18 months.
The debate, although good for America, is irrelevant to Iraq
By EDITORIAL  |  November 29, 2006

Band on the run

In 2002, American filmmakers Zach Niles and Banker White were moving through the refugee camps of Guinea looking for musicians to help them dramatize the plight of Liberians and Sierra Leoneans who had fled civil wars back home. Sierra Leone All Stars,
Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars
By BANNING EYRE  |  October 17, 2006