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Mixed Magic’s Moby Dick: Then and Now

Herman Melville's epic and innovative novel Moby-Dick , the linchpin of 19th- and 20th-century American literature, is quite the ambitious model for imitation.
A whale of a metaphor
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 30, 2012
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At the Athenaeum, Moby-Dick turns 160

It's been 160 years since the publication of Herman Melville's Moby-Dick and the Providence Athenaeum has been celebrating with a lecture series, "Hark! The White Whale!"
Whaling
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 28, 2011
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Author sees poetry and prose through the trees

The plan was simple, if nerdy: New York novelist and English teacher Richard Horan would visit the historic sites and childhood homes of famous authors (along with some notable historical and cultural figures).
Planting Seeds
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 13, 2011
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Majestic mysteries

Though your brain knows better, you can’t help getting the feeling that the moon sitting in the RISD Museum’s Farago Gallery has floated down from space.
Intriguing installations by Lowe, Elson, and Younger
By GREG COOK  |  June 18, 2010
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Words around town

“Every writer I know has trouble writing,” said Joseph Heller. Let that serve as comfort.
Our fair city is chock full of people who write well and are willing to teach you their trade.
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  April 30, 2010
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An idyll examined

After 36 films and more than 40 years of filmmaking, Frederick Wiseman has probably come as close as any director to capturing this American life in all its breadth and nuance.
Frederick Wiseman's four-hour, 1999 documentary about Belfast, Maine
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 29, 2010


Crossword: ''Bank job''

You're getting colder
You're getting colder
By MATT JONES  |  December 04, 2009
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Hardboiled hub

When I was growing up in Roslindale a few decades back — among tribes of ignorant, second-generation immigrant kids whose favorite words began with “f” and “n” and who liked to torture small animals and beat up small children before they moved on to thei
The city’s gritty, criminal underbelly has redefined the dark, artistic vision known as Boston noir
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 23, 2009
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Killing me softly

A sailor is mopping the deck of a large vessel when a fellow shipmate approaches. Suddenly, the shipmate climbs onto a wooden chair, reaches for the refrigerator, and swings the freezer door smack in the face of the hard-working deckhand, who collapses
'This Is Killing Me,' Guy Ben-Ner, and George Cochrane at Mass MoCA
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  May 08, 2009

All a-Twitter

Seven microblogging books worth scrolling upward for
Seven microblogging books worth scrolling upward for
By MIKE MILIARD  |  January 14, 2009

Mixed Magic’s Moby Dick goes to DC

In 2006, Pitts-Wiley wrote Moby Dick: Then and Now , a theatrical version of Herman Melville’s book, which joined the story of Captain Ahab chasing a great white whale to an urban tale of teenagers chasing “that Great White Thing” — cocaine.
Whale tale
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  November 05, 2008


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Oh, you like Melville?

We cannot stress this enough. As much as no one cares about your laptop or iPhone, everyone sneaks a peek at what their peers and classmates are reading.
Five books to land your first college mate
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  August 27, 2008
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It takes two

The makeupbreakup machine officially gets cranking on August 19 when their debut EP, We Prefer Not To . . . (s.a.f. records), is released. Call it electro-surf power-pop?
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By CHRIS CONTI  |  July 30, 2008

Moby's metaphor

Whether a reader of Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick skims through that chapter on cytology or is faithful to every word of the novel, he or she can never forget Captain Ahab’s search for the Great White Whale.
Mixed Magic modernizes Melville
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  May 01, 2007
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Let ’em sing!

Here, in no particular order, are some my favorite things from among the people, CDs, and performances I wrote about this year.
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By JON GARELICK  |  December 18, 2006
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Demon daze

Hart Crane roared through his short, tormented, and doomed life.
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By WILLIAM CORBETT  |  October 03, 2006