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Psychological profiles

A message from the office of synthetic personality management.
By DAVID KISH  |  November 26, 2010

Maximum pleasure

Ann Beattie emerged in the 1970s in the pages of the New Yorker with a cast of post-grad characters who smoked pot, bummed around, fell in and out of relationships, and faced the world with a shrug and the latest rock and roll on the stereo.
Ann Beattie hasn’t been sleeping
By JON GARELICK  |  July 02, 2010

Review: Toy Story 3

All recent bad kids' movies — Furry Vengeance and Marmaduke come to mind — have one thing in common: a PG rating.
The play's the thing
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 18, 2010

New stuff

One thing that impressed me was that dance invention seems to be making a comeback as a major challenge for young choreographers after years of being stirred into the multimedia stew.
Pacific Northwest Ballet, Twyla Tharp, and much more in New York
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  January 22, 2010

Roller girls go down

Don't you hate missing the best example of whatever point you were making?
Port shows no authority
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  May 22, 2009
The New Yorker Almost Gets It Right On Ritalin and Adderall

The New Yorker Almost Gets It Right On Ritalin and Adderall

It took 30 milligrams of (legally prescribed) Ritalin for me to get through Margaret Talbot’s 10-page New Yorker piece about the so-called “underground world of...
By Chris Faraone  |  April 21, 2009


Soldiers committing suicide

On July 22, 2004, unable to handle the intensity anymore — the daily vomiting, the feeling that he was a murderer — Lucey wrapped a garden hose around his neck and hanged himself.
US troops are killing themselves in record numbers
By JASON NOTTE  |  March 11, 2009

Thaww, yeah

Ah, wintertime. It's dark, it's cold, it seems like you might lose a few extremities to frostbite on the way to the club. You know what? Just go for it.
Local CDs to help you make it until spring
By MATT PARISH  |  December 29, 2008

Coachella it ain’t

The International Noise Conference started as an acid-tongued spit take on the club-oriented Miami Winter Music Conference.

The INC cometh and Cage's Variations VII

By SUSANNA BOLLE  |  April 15, 2008

Charlie Bartlett

Yelchin can claim a breakthrough, and Hope Davis adds sass as Charlie’s pill-popping mom.
A rich kid on the road to comeuppance
By TOM MEEK  |  February 20, 2008

Political cartoons

Among its hordes of firsts, The Simpsons helped transplant politicians from the cartoon funny pages to our television sets.
The 20 Best Animated Politicians in Cartoon History  
By DAVID MASHBURN  |  July 26, 2007


That’s amore

The Light in the Piazza is an ambitious if old-fashioned musical.
The Light in the Piazza; Seven Brides for Seven Brothers; Love’s Labour’s Lost
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  June 05, 2007

Crimes and misdemeanors

There are more echoes in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels than rattle around the Grand Canyon.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels ; Six Rounds/Six Lessons ; White People
By CARLOYN CLAY  |  March 13, 2007

Portrait of an artist

Anne Frank’s celebrated diary is not just a window into daily life during a horrific time. In these loving, compulsive entries, we can also see the raw ore of an artist: the undeniable urge toward expression.
Anne Frank's diary is just the beginning
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 21, 2006

Under the influence

A whole lot of thawing goes on in The Ice-Breaker, David Rambo’s stew of global and romantic warming, which is heating up New Repertory Theatre.
The Ice-Breaker at New Rep; Aunt Dan and Lemon at Merrimack
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 31, 2006
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Back to the land

Our cash crop of coastlines in our great state is fodder for countless exhibitions this summer.
Who brought the watercolors?
By IAN PAIGE  |  June 14, 2006