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Interview: The passion of Mike Daisey

Last January, storyteller Mike Daisey achieved a level of celebrity rarely attained among the off-Broadway set when the public radio program This American Life aired portions of his monologue The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs .
The controversial storyteller kicks off ArtsEmerson’s “The Next Thing” festival
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  February 15, 2013

Beach reads that don't suck

Lists of beach reads — though as reliable as summer itself — are, generally speaking, a sham.
Summer reading that stands the test of time
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  July 22, 2011

Review: My Heart Is An Idiot

Is My Heart is an Idiot an act of utter solipsism or utter self-effacement?
Davy Rothbart's misadventures in David Meiklejohn's first feature film
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  May 13, 2011

Interview: David Rakoff

Nine years ago, Wellesley College psychology professor Julie Norem wrote a book in defense of negative thinking.
The author ponders the worst
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  October 15, 2010

How to tell the truth

You may never have been so upset about being a twentysomething virgin that you hired a sexual surrogate for professional help, but odds are that if you had you’d just gulp and keep it to yourself.
Phil Goldman has a lot to say
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 26, 2010

Sarah and the shipmates

Humorist, historian, superhero. Sarah Vowell is a woman of letters and voices.
Vowell on the Puritans and the founding of Rhode Island
By GREG COOK  |  October 23, 2009