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Bloody Andrew Jackson’s revisionist history
If Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson were a chapter in a history book, it would be a comical pop-up section showing arrows and tomahawks flying, fists and flags waving, audible gunfire, political rallies, lots of speech balloons with bad language, and a pu
Anarchy in the US
| July 20, 2012
Reel-to-reel: A long-lost Malcolm X speech recovered
I was born just two years before Spike Lee's 1992 biopic about Malcolm X and starting in kindergarten, I have faced the question in an almost endless loop: are you named after him?
| February 10, 2012
The Making of Paul LePage, Part 2
Governor Paul LePage has made plenty of waves in his first year in office, and has many wondering where his sometimes provocative political attitudes come from. In this two part series we ask: who is Paul LePage?
Rise to Power
| January 20, 2012
A Roger Williams professor tackles William F. Buckley Jr.
Conservative thinker William F. Buckley Jr. was, perhaps, America's most important 20th-century public intellectual.
| December 23, 2011
Review: Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life
In this tour de force biopic, cartoonist-filmmaker Joann Sfar uses darkly comic fairy tale elements to illustrate Gainsbourg's creative process.
The life of Serge Gainsbourg
| October 28, 2011
Our quirky, compelling senator
Any faithful reader of the Providence Journal is familiar with the talents of G. Wayne Miller — a reporter with a remarkable knack for storytelling.
| September 30, 2011
Review: Beautiful Darling
Andy Warhol superfans remember Candy Darling as a friend of the Pop artist, as an actress in his films, or as a name in Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side."
A discomforting look at a transsexual actress's difficult life and isolating pursuit of fame
| May 06, 2011
Review: Frank Brady searches for Bobby Fischer
Bobby Fischer was (a) a former world chess champion; (b) the greatest chess player who ever lived; (c) an idiot savant; (d) a prodigy; (e) a megalomaniac; (f) anti-Semitic; (g) paranoid; (h) the guy Barbra Streisand had a crush on in high
| February 12, 2011
Review: Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields
Stephin Merritt, the inscrutable and reluctant frontman of Magnetic Fields, is short, gay, and owns a chihuahua. Otherwise, details are scarce.
Slim portrait of a mysterious, monosyllabic man
| April 23, 2010
Searching for Stephen King
In 1983, Doubleday published yet another book from the increasingly renowned Stephen King, whose Carrie and The Shining (to name just two) were already popular books and movies.
A new biography presents facts but not a full story
| January 15, 2010
Restoring a master
When Marc Chagall died in 1985 at the age of 98 he was internationally famous, wealthy, and had lived to see a museum built for him by the French government.
A new biography seeks to redefine Marc Chagall's place in art history
| March 25, 2009
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