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Last writes: Brustein explains Shakespeare’s will

It's one of the intriguing whydunnits of literary history: what possessed Shakespeare to leave his wife, Anne Hathaway, no more than his "second-best bed"?

By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 22, 2013

People gather to read a book about people who gather to read a book

Now in its eighth year, Reading Across Rhode Island is a three-month project of the Rhode Island Center for the Book at Providence Public Library. Its goal is to encourage readers across the state to read the same book and to engage in lively discussions
 ‘One Book. One State. Literally’
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  April 02, 2010

The worst word

Then it happens: you look up at the TV screen and see Bono, the lead singer of U2, step up to the podium to accept a statuette for recording the Best Alternative Music album. "We shall continue to abuse our position," he says, "and fuck up the mainstrea
How F**K became our top taboo term -- and why we need it to stay that way
By TIMOTHY GOWER  |  April 03, 2009

Interview: The Damned's Captain Sensible

"School teachers and lawyers come along to see the Damned. . .and they want to see really bad behavior."
The Damned carry on
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  December 29, 2008

Review: Angil & Hiddentracks - Oulipo Saliva

Chemikal Underground
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  December 09, 2008

A child of Hitler

This article originally appeared in the February 1, 1983 issue of the Boston Phoenix.

Growing up in the Third Reich (a memoir)

By ALFONS HECK  |  January 30, 2008



Figaro and Count Almaviva are holed up in a sacked mansion opposite the Bastille.
Figaro at the ART; The English Channel at Suffolk
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 12, 2007

Bard in the bar

Will Shakespeare is holed up in the Mermaid Tavern, where he’s writing sonnets rather than plays because it’s 1593 and the London theaters are shut against the raging plague.
Shakespeare navigates Brustein’s English Channel
By IRIS FANGER  |  August 29, 2007

Crossword: 'You're not hired'

Application abominations
By MATT JONES  |  September 27, 2006

Mission statements

You can tell a lot by a man’s record collection, and even more by his DJ set. And if not? Well, you still got to hear the new Burma record The Obliterati at the Enormous Room.
Brazilian funk, Missy Elliott, and other things you wouldn’t expect to find in Mission of Burma’s record crates
By CARLY CARIOLI  |  May 24, 2006

On a Clear Day

On a Clear Day is the latest inspirational tale from England about working-class stiffs searching for a little self-respect in a world that couldn’t care less (see also: The Full Monty , Billy Elliot ).
Middle-aged bloke seeks to swim English Channel, inspire audiences
By BROOKE HOLGERSON  |  April 11, 2006