Summer Guide 2009

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Beat the Tweet

Warm weather is supposed to be accessorized by lackaday, by a breezy sensibility best enjoyed with a frosty tall boy in one hand, the sloppy product of a back-yard barbecue in the other. Instead, I find myself struggling to balance my beer between my kne
Social networking is ruining your summer vacation — just accept it already and go outside
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  July 24, 2009

Free and easy

With a beach season approaching in which most people will be squeezing quarters till the eagles fart, it's fair enough to ask aloud, "Is this going to be the worst summer ever ?"
10 cash-free ways to make summer not suck
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 12, 2009

Splash on demand

A crippling (and,  as we've discussed , utterly ridiculous) fear of sharks isn't the only thing capable of keeping us away from the beaches this summer.
Water parks that float our inner tube

States of the art

In New England, where you can't swing a sack of cranberries without hitting a venerable cultural institution, anyone with access to a car (or even a subway pass) can scope out these topnotch art museums.
New England museums worth traveling for
By SHAULA CLARK  |  June 12, 2009

Festival atmosphere

Summer traditionally has been the happy hunting ground for Hollywood studios — the time when they unleash their big-budgeted, f/x-heavy warhorses on armies of newly freed schoolchildren and frazzled adults trying to beat the heat.
Between the Blockbuster and the beach there are the film festivals of New England
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 12, 2009


Ana Grey is the fearless heroine of April Smith's dark and thoughtful thriller series. But reading these fast-paced books shows the question to be more complicated. Ana Grey is, after all, not only a brave FBI agent, but also the cowering daughter of a
April Smith's mystery/thrillers delve in darkness
By CLEA SIMON  |  June 12, 2009


Trail of tunes

The best summer music festivals take something from the season: the smell of the surf, the sight of the mountains, fireworks, lawn seating — or, at least, fried dough.
Music al fresco at summer fests
By CLEA SIMON  |  June 12, 2009

Full shelf

Hot town, summer in the city. . . . or in the country. . . . or at the beach. Wherever you are, don't forget your books.
The best in summer reading
By BARBARA HOFFERT  |  June 12, 2009

Giving good gimmick

To sustain a literary magazine over decades it pays to have a gimmick.
Granta at 30
By WILLIAM CORBETT  |  June 12, 2009