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Review: Pontine explores Hawthorne's ancestral thriller
Perhaps nowhere in America is the past as tangible a presence as it is in New England.
| April 30, 2011
Review: Easy A
At least Emma Stone gets high marks in this teen comedy.
Emma Stone brings her A game
| September 24, 2010
I asked the question this way: "Where would you want to be buried?" Not "do," but "would." That is to say if, by chance, you were to die, unlikely as that might be, where would you want to spend all of nonexistence?
Spooky? A bit, but Massachusetts's cemeteries are also the bucolic, final resting places of many great American writers.
| June 18, 2010
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
| October 23, 2009
Max & Dylan's Kitchen & Bar
Who is Max? Who is Dylan? The casual visitor cannot know. We know that the owners also have Scollay Square (which is not located in what used to be that square), so we have our suspicions that Max and Dylan are children or cats, or a confected evocation
From the owners of Scollay Square, another fine bar-restaurant that does everything fairly well
| July 17, 2009
Before the Goldrush
With a name right out of a Nathaniel Hawthorne novel and hand-pressed CD packaging graced with images of antique farming tools, Putnam Smith does nothing to dispel the notion that he wouldn't mind living in 1809 instead of 2009.
Putnam Smith can't quite find his way home
| May 29, 2009
An awkward adaptation
Times change, but the frailties of the human heart . . . not so much. That overworked muscle can be haplessly generous or slammed-door shut. Nathaniel Hawthorne's mid-19th century novel The Scarlet Letter still stands as a perceptive examination of th
Times change, but the frailties of the human heart . . . not so much.
| May 15, 2009
Ride, Captain, Ride
The mighty Captain Blowhard was back in the news quite prominently with his stop sign-rolling, curb-jumping antics behind the wheel that led the Jamestown police to suggest that he come out with his driver's license and hands up, following similar ass
Sundlun gets off the road. Plus, as A for the Gamm, and corporate lies
PHILLIPE AND JORGE
| May 08, 2009
Jhumpa Lahiri won a Pulitzer Prize with her first collection of short stories, Interpreter of Maladies .
Jhumpa Lahiri tends her garden
| April 22, 2008
I first heard about Stanley five years ago, from a firefighter up on Munjoy Hill.
There's a lot in Portland's past the "history" books won't tell you
| January 30, 2008
On Portland’s poet
It’s a testament to much of what’s good about America that one of her first and most popular poets had such reverence, and such affection, for so many of her stories.
Celebrating Longfellow’s words
| October 31, 2007
What’s in a name?
The discovery that we’ve had Lane’s name wrong since at least 1913 has prompted questions about what else scholars have gotten wrong about him.
Why it’s Fitz Henry, not Fitz Hugh, Lane — and why it matters
| August 31, 2007
The mind’s eye
Several Trinity Repertory Company actors sit before microphones in a WRNI studio.
Trinity gets dramatic on WRNI
| April 03, 2007
Read all about it
Riding there red line from Central Square to Park Street recently, a friend of mine from Philadelphia surveyed the length of the train and said, “You don’t see this in Philly.”
Some of Boston’s best bars have a literary history
| September 01, 2006
In the mind of the beholder
Groundbreaking takes on new meaning when it’s applied to the work of Kate Ericson and Mel Ziegler, the subjects of an important new show at MIT’s List Center.
Kate Ericson and Mel Ziegler at MIT
| March 15, 2006
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