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Animal Magnetism: Lauren Slater's collection of essays about ''non-human citizens''

Musashi and Lila, the title pooch of Lauren Slater's The $60,000 Dog: My Life with Animals (Beacon Press), have crossed the rainbow bridge.

By CLEA SIMON  |  November 23, 2012
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Interview: David Mitchell on Cloud Nine

In his 2004 Cloud Atlas, British author David Mitchell presents six stories, each from a different literary genre, written in different styles, featuring characters in diverse settings and time periods.

By ED SYMKUS  |  October 26, 2012
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Are Rhode Islanders finally ready to recognize Providence-born H.P. Lovecraft's legacy as a horror writing hero?

Brett Rutherford was walking down College Street on an overcast day in the late 1990s when a car with Oregon license plates pulled up next to him.
Loving embrace?
By PHILIP EIL  |  April 27, 2012
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Review: Anonymous

For most folks, if Shakespeare didn't write those plays, it wouldn't be the end of the world. Nor does it seem a likely topic for Roland Emmerich, whose films usually are about the end of the world.
Absurd entertainment
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 28, 2011
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In his new graphic novel, Craig Thompson wins an argument with God

This book is a gorgeous object; to make it, Thompson apparently covered himself in honey and rolled around in a thousand years of Arabic calligraphy and Islamic art, and the result is breathtaking — the amount of ink expended on one resplendent panel aft
Illuminated manuscript
By S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  September 02, 2011
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Busy Monsters

STUNNED BY LOVE and some would say stupid from too much sex, I decided I had to drive down South to kill a man.
Chapter 1, excerpted from the novel by William Giraldi
By WILLIAM GIRALDI  |  July 22, 2011


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The Night Circus

The man billed as Prospero the Enchanter receives a fair amount of correspondence via the theater office, but this is the first envelope addressed to him that contains a suicide note, and it is also the first to arrive carefully pinned to the coat of a
Excerpted from the novel by Erin Morgenstern
By ERIN MORGENSTERN  |  July 22, 2011
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The Oracle Engine

The lizard of the wasteland, so dazzling to the eye, so rapid to flee or to strike, may grow to its full maturity only in the most brutal of deserts, where no dew falls to drink and where the sun is unrelenting. So, some say, was Marcus Furius Medullinu
Excerpted from the short story by M.T. Anderson
By M.T. ANDERSON  |  July 22, 2011
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The return of Tomi Ungerer

Last week, the children's book artist Tomi Ungerer returned to America for the first time in over a decade.
Moon man
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  June 24, 2011
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Cambridge author Caleb Neelon traces graffiti's hidden history

'TAKI 183' SPAWNS PEN PALS, announced the headline in the July 21, 1971, New York Times .
It was written
By GREG COOK  |  April 01, 2011
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Wesley's Stace's sublime puzzle book

Early morning, June 23, 1923, a gunshot wakes the neighbors. The resulting discovery -- two persons poisoned, one shot in an apparent murder suicide -- shakes not only quiet Kensington but also the musical world.
Ah, sweet music
By CLEA SIMON  |  March 04, 2011


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The house that House of Sand and Fog built

Andre Dubus III collected me at the Newburyport train station last month when the snow piles were already high. We stopped first for a coffee for the road; he asked all the questions: siblings, hometown, are you married?
Son of a famous-author father, novelist Andrew Dubus III had to write his own way out of a violent youth
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  February 25, 2011
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Sarah Braunstein's uncomfortable, beautiful hyperreality

There's an unsettling honesty that spills from Portland author Sarah Braunstein's first novel, The Sweet Relief of Missing Children .
(Bitter)sweet emotion
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 25, 2011
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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
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Interview: Damon Wayans

"Right now, my intent is not to offend. I just want to laugh. I want to suspend reality."
Getting silly again
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  February 19, 2010
The Sandbox interviews Augusten Burroughs

The Sandbox interviews Augusten Burroughs


The Sandbox interviewed rockstar author Augusten Burroughs about cars, stealing, memoirs and dead bodies.
By Charlie  |  October 29, 2009


Burrito, Maura, MRTPQ, Elijah and WTF

Burrito, Maura, MRTPQ, Elijah and WTF


  The Info Burrito, the Sandbox's chat with Maura from Idolator.com, the Qdoba Mega Ro...
By Charlie  |  June 25, 2009

Salon's Stephen King interview


John Marks over at Salon has a Q&A with Stephen King, in which King not only compares the Nixon ...
By Jeff Inglis  |  October 23, 2008

Interview: David Foster Wallace

Editor's Note: This story originally appeared in the February 20, 1998 edition of the Boston Phoenix .
 Talking about fiction, fellatio and meddling editors with the only American essayist who uses "like" as punctuation.
By TOM SCOCCA  |  February 20, 1998