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Elsa at 75: The Cambridge photographer looks back

Elsa Dorfman, now 75, is the most unassuming of Cambridge literary/art-world legends.

By JON GARELICK  |  October 19, 2012
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Authors strut their stuff

Literary gossip columnists, political poets, cranky lefties, and singing novelists are just some of the characters traipsing through Boston this spring to promote their new books.
Live and in person
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  March 02, 2012
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The power of texting

Money — crispy banknotes and jangly coins — is as old-fashioned as, well, mechanical typewriters.
Mobile phones and alternative currencies are changing how the whole world pays for everything
By JEFF INGLIS  |  March 02, 2012
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Authors tote their wares to area bookstores

A new story collection from Dan Chaon and new novels from Heidi Julavits and Adam Johnson are just some of the delights in store for Boston lit nerds.
Road shows
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  December 30, 2011
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Photos: 'My Last Supper: The Next Course'

Melanie Dunea will read from her latest book, My Last Supper: The Next Course , with Chefs Barbara Lynch and Lydia Shire at the Harvard Bookstore, November 16th, 7pm.
Melanie Dunea will read from her latest book, My Last Supper: The Next Course , with Chefs Barbara Lynch and Lydia Shire at the Harvard Bookstore, November 16th, 7pm.
By MELANIE DUNEA  |  November 11, 2011
One Last Bite: Photographer Melanie Dunea on new book "My Last Supper: The Next Course"

One Last Bite: Photographer Melanie Dunea on new book "My Last Supper: The Next Course"


Constructing a menu to herald the end of our corporeal existence is not a task that most of us are often faced with. For chefs...
By Cassandra Landry  |  November 10, 2011


Magical Thinking: Joan Didion at First Parish Church in Cambridge for "Blue Nights"

Magical Thinking: Joan Didion at First Parish Church in Cambridge for "Blue Nights"


Joan Didion wore a purple scarf and her trademark oversized glasses last night at the sold-out Harvard Book Store-sponsored event at First Parish Church in...
By Thomas Page McBee  |  November 08, 2011
Have a Drink with Jonathan Lethem

Have a Drink with Jonathan Lethem


  Jonathan Lethem will be very busy on Wednesday. First, he'll appear at the Brattle to discuss his new essay collection. But dude's like a...
By Eugenia Williamson  |  November 07, 2011

The Week in Geek, July 18-24: Minds, Mindlessness, and Mind-Control


It's not supposed to go below 80 degrees Fahrenheit for the foreseeable future, so the events for this Week in Geek will not be physically...
By Kelly Dickinson  |  July 18, 2011

This Week in Geek July 5-10: Get Your Con On


Post-holiday-weekend lag got you down? Did last weekend's boozing, barbecuing and fireworking set your expectations so high such that the prospect of a return the...
By Kelly Dickinson  |  July 06, 2011

The Week in Geek, June 27-July 3: School’s out, but we’ve still got class


We have finally reached that point in the summer where all the local schools are out. Swarms of children roam free; already, their vacation-slackened brains...
By Kelly Dickinson  |  June 27, 2011


This Week in Geek June 1-June 6: Celebrating Mars, the Arts, and Mobile Grilled Cheese


 Welcome to June! It's Potty Training Awareness Month, National Turkey Lovers' Month, and National Bathroom Reading Month. This first week of June celebrates none of...
By Kelly Dickinson  |  June 01, 2011
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Eli Pariser talks about The Filter Bubble

When he was executive director of the progressive advocacy organization Move On, Eli Pariser had the chance to meet lots of fellow liberals. But he had fewer conservative friends, and he worried he was missing out on their perspectives on political and s
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By ETHAN ZUCKERMAN  |  May 27, 2011

The Week In Geek! May 16-23: Rapture Week!


This week: Judgment Day looms, the weather sucks, and philosophical debate fuels my obsession with impermanence. Parties and festivals abound, I still can't help but...
By Alec Ernest  |  May 16, 2011
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Chris Adrian's tragic enchantments

Chris Adrian's novels puff you full of delight, then rip your heart out. Adrian's a sadist, maybe. Or maybe he's got the biggest heart of any living writer, so big that it can hold the sweetest thoughts alongside shame and also death — real death, in all
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By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  May 13, 2011

The Week in Geek April 11-18: Spam castles, Donkey Kong-a-thons, and Gelfling violence


Pants, magic pants.It's that time of year again when I cry every time I wake up, because the snow is gone and yet I still...
By Alec Ernest  |  April 11, 2011


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Life during wartime

In Fallujah, Marine Captain Rye Barcott got good at separating the two parts of his soul.
NGO big or go home
By S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  April 08, 2011

The Week in Geek! 3.28 - 4.4: Geeks get slammed and artsy, but not fooled


This week we wonder: will Duncan Jones' Source Code be as good as Moon?If last week's festivities took a toll on your fragile human body,...
By Alec Ernest  |  March 28, 2011
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Vowell's America

How Hawaii became "American"
How Hawaii became "American"
By AMY FINCH  |  March 25, 2011
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Authors talking: Spring readings in Boston

America’s best young novelist, Britain’s most popular mystery writer, a bearded indie rocker, and a dead master populate this spring’s mandatory literary events.
By ear
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  March 18, 2011
The Week in Geek, 3.14 - 3.21: A Robot-Loving, Apples-to-Appling, Turing-Testing Good Time

The Week in Geek, 3.14 - 3.21: A Robot-Loving, Apples-to-Appling, Turing-Testing Good Time


Best possible week: After learning about mushrooms, Nazi ciphers, and cancer, I explore the depths of the human condition in Frankenstein, and chill for a...
By Alec Ernest  |  March 14, 2011


The Week in Geek, March 7-14: Heavy Metal, PAX frenzy, and the gothpocalypse


My forecast: high chance of coolness all week in the MIT area, with a lull Wednesday and Thursday to get ready for an action-packed weekend...
By Alec Ernest  |  March 07, 2011

PODCAST: William Powers & Nicholas Carr on the Internet and the State of Our Braaains [MP3]


GOOGLE ATTACKS!Scared? We are too. And so is author Siva Vaidhyanathan, who read from his recent release The Googlization of Everything (And Why We Should...
By Michael Goetzman  |  February 25, 2011

The Week in Geek, 2.21.11 - 2.28.11: Assassins, Stephen Fry, and The Googlization of Everything


Welcome back, humans, for another episode of THE WEEK IN GEEK! You may have thought this so-called "President's Day" would stop us, but oh no....
By Alec Ernest  |  February 21, 2011
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Interview: Christian Lander

With his first book, Stuff White People Like , and his blog of the same name, Christian Lander poked savage fun at the urban bourgeoisie. He hit a nerve and the bestseller list; it all culminated in an appearance on Conan .
Beyond the pale
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  January 21, 2011
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Interview: Harold McGee

Before Alton Brown had even opened a culinary-school brochure, Harold McGee had written On Food and Cooking .
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By LINDSAY CRUDELE  |  December 03, 2010


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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

VIDEO + PODCAST: Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan at the Brattle Theatre


It's pretty safe to say that no one makes monsters quite like director Guillermo Del Toro makes monsters. I mean, not only did the dude's...
By Steve Miller  |  October 22, 2010

PODCAST: 50th Anniversary “To Kill a Mockingbird” panel [MP3]


As our city girds itself for the tsunami of book boosterism that's about to sweep Copley Square this weekend (to refresh your memory on just...
By Steve Miller  |  October 14, 2010

VIDEO + PODCAST: Gail Caldwell reads from Let’s Take the Long Way Home [MP3]


video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo playerFriendship is a tough thing to capture. Especially in words. But friendship is even harder to capture in time. It's an...
By Steve Miller  |  September 27, 2010