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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

10 authors — and a couple of artists — make the rounds this fall

Joan Didion, Umberto Eco, Colin Meloy, Touré, the Boston Book Festival — just trucking out to all these "shows" could keep a person from ever actually getting around to reading a book.
Word and image
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  September 16, 2011
Stars Read Just Like Us!

Stars Read Just Like Us!

My pal @shoogyboomz sat next to Chloe Sevigny on a train to New York from Connecticut yesterday. She took this covert pic with her iPhone: The Big Love...
By Eugenia Williamson  |  December 28, 2010

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

2009: The year in theater

A quick look at this past year in Boston's theater scene.
Stage worthies
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 25, 2009

Play by play: July 10, 2009

This week in Boston theater
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  July 10, 2009

Play by Play: July 3, 2009

This week in Boston theater
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  July 03, 2009
diane list

It's not simple

Diana Joseph's new essay collection I'm Sorry You Feel That Way: The Astonishing True Story of a Daughter, Sister, Slut, Wife, Mother and Friend to Man and Dog begins with an account of her father giving her the sex talk: "When a girl goes with this
Talking stories, sex, and children with author Diana Joseph
By EMILY PARKHURST  |  June 05, 2009

Joan Didion on stage, Spalding Gray on the page

The 90-minute theater piece differs from the memoir in ways other than its relative slimness. It's more of a linear journey.
Grief watch
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 07, 2009

Winter's tales

The cold season heats up on Boston boards
The cold season heats up on Boston boards
By LIZA WEISSTUCH  |  December 29, 2008

Between Heaven and Earth

When it comes to Jim Morrison and the Doors, the image factory went out of business a long time ago.
The twisted legacy of the Doors
By JAMES PARKER  |  December 13, 2006


Yule logs

From $16 paperbacks to $120 collector’s items, we’ve come up with a range of selections that should cover everyone on your list — from former classics majors and music fans to future art critics and lovers of high-fashion soft-core.
Virgil, Ted Williams, Courtney Love, Bruce Springsteen, and other ideas for the giving season
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 07, 2006

The Paris Review Interview, Vol. 1 introduction by Philip Gourevitch

Picador, 524 pages, $16
By JON GARELICK  |  December 04, 2006

Lions and lambs

The season is notable for the return to bookstores of canonical names like Atwood, Ginsberg, Kinnell, le Carré, Munro, Pynchon, and Vidal plus a fair share of younger lions like Eggers, Julavits, and Muldoon.
Pynchon isn’t all you’ll be reading this fall  
By JOHN FREEMAN  |  September 13, 2006