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What the fuck?
By KARL STEVENS  |  February 10, 2012

Freaks, Geeks, and Faux Bono

As Bay Staters, we recognize that our European ancestors sure knew how to roll: scarlet letters, sticks up asses, if-she-drowns-she's-not-a-witch-if-she-floats-she's-a-witch-so-let's-kill-her legal applications.
Boston-area subcultures keep the Bay State comfortably kooky this summer
By ALEXIS HAUK  |  June 18, 2010
Scrabble to allow proper nouns

Scrabble to allow proper nouns

The BBC reports that Mattel is altering the official rules of Scrabble to enable players to gain points for proper nouns: names of people, places,...
By Ryan Stewart  |  April 06, 2010

Makes sense to him

So understood is John Ashbery's post at the top of the contemporary American poetry heap (a distinction these days with the cultural heft of a Scrabble championship) that the question of just how to read him seems doomed to languish beside the point. De
John Ashbery's Planisphere
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  January 15, 2010

Geeky gifts 101

“Smelly Yankee Candle for Grandma? Check. Tie for Dad? Got it. Toy dump truck for Tommy? Yup. Man, this holiday shopping stuff is easy. Now, who’s next? . . . Um. . . Hmmm.”
An introduction to buying things you don’t completely understand
By GEORGIANA COHEN  |  December 08, 2008

Rock-and-roll heart

Stephen Malkmus: expert Scrabble player, The Wire enthusiast, husband, father, indie-rock demigod.
Stephen Malkmus gets Jicky with it
By WILL SPITZ  |  March 18, 2008


L_w su_t

For Scrabble fans, there are few bigger dilemmas than how to play a Q without a U.
Hasbro vs. Scrabulous
By GEORGIANA COHEN  |  January 30, 2008

Portrait of the artist

This is a charming, crowd-pleasing blockbuster show. Sourpuss hipsters may enjoy it anyway.
Face to face with David Hockney
By GREG COOK  |  February 22, 2006