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David Shields on How Literature Saved My Life

In the fourth chapter of his new book How Literature Saved My Life , Brown alumnus David Shields contemplates nothing less than the meaning of life: "Isn't everyone's project, on some level, to offer tentative theses regarding what — if anything — we'r
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By PHILIP EIL  |  March 08, 2013
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Marvel Comics’ untold story: Interview with Sean Howe

In Sean Howe’s masterful new book, hundreds of interviews with Marvel insiders yield an intriguing tale as gripping as any X-Men story arc.

By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 07, 2012
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The Joy of Smut

The porn here is explicit, character-driven, and polymorphically perverse.

By S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  October 19, 2012
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How Atlas Shrugged links Canadian prog-rock and our terrifying veep hopeful

If, god forbid, Paul Ryan were to get elected vice president, we might have our first executive-branch hard-rock fan, which is somewhat in line with rock culture's slow shift from radical to conservative.
Ryan, Rush, & Rand
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 19, 2012
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Philip K. Dick was a friend of mine

I'm at a conference at San Francisco State all weekend and I'm surrounded by Dickheads.

By WILLIAM SARILL  |  October 05, 2012
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Lehane's talent show

"The pejorative ghettoization of mystery writing has become pretty laughable," says Dennis Lehane. "It's just not working."
Into the Mystic
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  August 03, 2012


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Richard Brautigan’s highs and lows

Richard Brautigan (1935-1984) came of age as a writer in Beat Generation San Francisco, but he was no beatnik.
Jackalope Tales
By WILLIAM CORBETT  |  July 13, 2012
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David Goodis’s solitary walk

Because we live in a country that forever needs to be told to appreciate its native artists, Americans are in love with classification.
The dark end of the street
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  June 22, 2012
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A future less dour

Neal Stephenson's novels have been called everything from science fiction to postcyberpunk.
Looking Ahead
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 25, 2012
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''I know what you're doing in there ... ''

Uh, what's going on?
Failure
By KARL STEVENS  |  May 11, 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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Female poets step up to the mic

While down in Cambridge last August with a team of Portland poets for the semi-finals of the National Poetry Slam, Tricia Henley Pryce says, she never saw more than one woman up on stage at a time.
Could be verse
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 10, 2012
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More blogs = more books

On August 30, my debut young-adult novel, Fury, was published by Simon Pulse, the edgy YA imprint of Simon & Schuster. I'm a journalist by trade, and I knew next-to-nothing about book publishing until about a year ago.
Book fans use the Internet to go crazy!
By ELIZABETH MILES  |  September 23, 2011
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Don't read these books!!

The Rhode Island affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union will host its annual Banned Books event on September 23 at 6 pm at the Providence Athenaeum.
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By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 23, 2011
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Review: My Afternoons with Margueritte

European cinema doesn't have as many sure-fire formulas as Hollywood, but the one described, I think, by Pauline Kael as the "lonely child, clean old man" scenario has long endured.
Twisting the "lonely child, clean old man" formula
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 23, 2011
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Review: Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness

Not many these days are familiar with Aleichem's own story, or his other work, or his impact on Jewish culture and literature in general.
Joseph Dorman's portrait of Aleichem
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 02, 2011


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On carpentry and college

Age 30, I quit the Phoenix and ended up with a job as an apprentice to a carpenter. Sawing, chiseling, hammering, nail-gunning, tiling, sanding, slotting, framing, hauling, measuring, and sweeping are less obvious outcomes of an undergraduate career in
Finding reward - and real learning - in the ivory tower
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  September 02, 2011
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PhDisasters

I knew a man pursuing a PhD in literature. His dissertation had to do with humor as a form of dissent in 20th-century literature. And how enthused he was at first! How passionate and excited.
Worried about writing that thesis? Turns out writing could be the least of your problems.
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  April 29, 2011
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Whitcomb's legacy

It is unlikely that James Whitcomb Riley, a turn-of-the-century poet for a short time considered the heir to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ever envisioned his work accompanied by music quite like this.
Feel the poetry rattling your bones
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 25, 2011
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Jane Eyre redux

Jane Austen has been a movie and television icon for some time now, and yet the Jane that both big and small screens just can't get enough of is the "poor, obscure, plain, little" heroine of Charlotte Brontë's 1847 novel.  
Cary Fukunaga and Mia Wasikowska hold forth
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 18, 2011
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So you thought you were special

Reading Hannah Holmes's work is enlightening and entertaining — even when it's at its most depressing.
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By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 18, 2011


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20 Astoundingly Bad Romance Novel Covers

Sure, we all love contemplating glistening Adonises, swashbuckling buccaneers, and loincloth-straining savages — but not as much as Uncle Walter does.
Moaning, groaning, and oiled-hunk-boning with Uncle Walter & Co.
By UNCLE WALTER AND THE WIFE  |  February 11, 2011
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The man in the yellow fur coat

The cultural critic Mark Dery worked as a clerk for Manhattan's Gotham Book Mart in the early '80s. One afternoon, he was taken by surprise.
As the Boston Athenaeum stages an Edward Gorey retrospective, his biographer reflects on the artist's lasting legacy
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  February 04, 2011
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Review: Caroline Leavitt's family Pictures

Love, family, and the moments that change lives forever — these are the potent ingredients that Caroline Leavitt stirs up again and again in her fiction.
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By JULIA HANNA  |  January 28, 2011
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How to create a readable future

The actual future is a collaboration between nearly seven billion people worldwide. But creating a future can be a fun indoor sport for you and your friends.
Future Boston authors Jon Burrowes, Alexander Jablokov, Steven Popkes, David Alexander Smith, and Sarah Smith show us how it's done.  
By SEVERAL FUTURE BOSTON AUTHORS  |  January 21, 2011
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Interview: The authors of Future Boston on building the Boston of tomorrow

We only have three years before the aliens land. This was the future envisioned in Future Boston , an anthology by a group of local science-fiction writers published in 1995 .
Future Boston , 15 years later
By S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  January 21, 2011


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11 Fictional glimpses of the Boston of tomorrow

The history of the future is not long.
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By PHOENIX STAFF  |  January 21, 2011
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11 Fictional glimpses of the Boston of tomorrow

The history of the future is not long.
Futures past
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  January 21, 2011
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. . . Just glad to see me?

Phillipe and Jorge's Plaxico Burress Award goes to State Representative Peter Petrarca who was charged Saturday night with illegally firing a gun outside Club Karma, of which he is part owner, in the ProHo district of Our Little Towne.
Bad karma; a Complex Christmas; the Darwin Awards; J.R. at City Hall
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 17, 2010
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Four questions for a hypertext pioneer

As both an author and illustrator, Shelley Jackson has looked beyond the limitations of singular genres or techniques to create a novel style of work.
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By DANIEL MCGOWAN  |  December 10, 2010