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Considering Monica Wood’s heartfelt memoir
It's April, 1963, in Mexico, Maine — a town on the Androscoggin River in the Western part of the state.
Another Maine, another time
| July 06, 2012
Review: 5 Broken Cameras
Emad Burnat, a Palestinian villager, goes through five different cameras from 2005 to 2010, each one broken when the Israeli military or police assault him as he tries to record the ongoing turmoil.
| June 22, 2012
Interview: Oil Can Boyd on playing the game
This week, I had an hour long chat with Oil Can Boyd.
Baseball ‘takes away a lot of hurt’
| May 25, 2012
They call me Oil Can
Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd, a Mississippi native who lives in East Providence with his wife and two children, is one of the most complex, controversial players ever to don a Red Sox uniform.
Baseball, drugs, and life on the edge
EXCERPTED FROM THE BOOK BY DENNIS &QUOT;OIL CAN&QUOT; BOYD AND MIKE SHALIN
| May 25, 2012
Welcome to Suck City
Plenty of books are turned into movies, but Scituate-born PEN-award winning poet, memoirist, and playwright Nick Flynn has had the slightly less usual experience.
Boston author Nick Flynn talks about the new movie based on his memoir — and how his Dad felt about being played by Robert De Niro
THOMAS PAGE MCBEE
| March 09, 2012
Jung Chang's memoir reduced at A.R.T.
Confucius might have doubted the wisdom of bringing Wild Swans to the stage.
| February 24, 2012
Review: We Bought A Zoo(1)
Matt Damon plays Mee, a journalist who decides that he and his daughter (a precocious Maggie Elizabeth Jones) and sullen teenage son (Colin Ford) need a new start after the death of his wife, so he spends his life savings on a house in the country.
Cameron Crowe's film version of Benjamin Mee's memoir
| December 23, 2011
Photos: Images from Live . . . Suburbia
The Live . . . Suburbia art show at Orchard Skate Shop's Extension Gallery opens December 10, 2011.
Images from Live…Suburbia! by Anthony Pappalardo and Max G. Morton
| December 02, 2011
Review: My Week with Marilyn
The Prince and the Showgirl (1957) didn't distinguish the résumés of either Marilyn Monroe or Laurence Olivier. It did mark a highpoint in the life of 23-year-old Colin Clark.
| November 25, 2011
Masters of reality
The literature on Black Sabbath — already extensive — will continue to grow, as we try, try, try again to wrap our poor noggins around the irreducibly cosmic fact of this band.
It's a Sabbath-palooza in print and on film
| November 11, 2011
Toast is a refreshing take on the sub-genre of the food-centric comedy.
Culinary dreams among the canned goods of the 60s
| October 14, 2011
Review: Higher Ground
True to the film's title, Vera Farmiga tries to elevate the bitter dialogue between secularism and fundamentalism to higher ground, regarding both sides with compassion and clarity.
Farmiga's directorial debut
| September 09, 2011
PODCAST: Rob Sheffield on heroes and Hoodsie cups [MP3]
August means two things: it's ice cream weather, and Morrissey's just said something stupid.Okay, the latter isn't really dependent on the time of year, but...
| August 29, 2011
Dave Mustaine's righteous path
Now sober, the ginger frontman is not only sharing a bill with Metallica, but the stage in an end-of-the-night jam to celebrate the Big Four, along with Slayer and Anthrax, and commemorating 30 years of pioneering thrash by playing select gigs around the
| August 26, 2011
An aspiring chef searches for her lost sense of smell
Six years ago, while jogging in Brookline, aspiring chef Molly Birnbaum was struck by an oncoming Ford. The impact broke her pelvis and shattered her skull. But worst of all, it mangled her olfactory nerves, destroying Birnbaum's sense of smell and her a
BY EUGENIA WILLIAMSON
| July 22, 2011
Author sees poetry and prose through the trees
The plan was simple, if nerdy: New York novelist and English teacher Richard Horan would visit the historic sites and childhood homes of famous authors (along with some notable historical and cultural figures).
| May 13, 2011
Review: Winter In Wartime
Evoking a similar scene in John Boorman's wonderful World War II memoir, Hope and Glory , a stricken British bomber crashes just outside a small Dutch town.
| April 08, 2011
Back to the land
There is an idyllic pull to the homesteading lifestyle, especially when such a back-to-the-land experiment is undertaken on the coast of Maine, where rocky shores abut dense woods and merely breathing the air imparts rural spirit and pluck.
Digging up cathartic childhood memories
| April 08, 2011
Reaching a new frontier
Shetterly's new memoir, Made for You and Me: Going West, Going Broke, Finding Home is the story of hardships — financial, familial, emotional — not usually the stuff that inspires switching places.
Book of the times
| March 11, 2011
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
| February 25, 2011
Sifting for substance in Scott Brown's Against All Odds
Brown's memoir, Against All Odds , tells the inspiring rags-to-riches tale of how one can rise from terrible circumstances to great power and influence, with just a little hard work, perseverance, supermodel good looks and world-class athletic ability.
The Naked Senator
DAVID S. BERNSTEIN
| February 19, 2011
Found in translation
When Susan Conley, her husband, and their two young boys moved from Maine to Beijing in 2008, she had plans to write about her experience as a mother in that huge, foreign world.
Local book launch
| February 04, 2011
I was a teenage Sandinista
As a freshman philosophy major at the University of Colorado, Deb Olin Unferth fell in love with a junior named George. A pious Evangelical, George felt it was his duty to help his Communist brethren in Central America fight against their capitalist opp
Deb Olin Unferth left college in the '80s to become a Communist Freedom Fighter. It didn't quite work out that way.
| January 28, 2011
Review: Keith Richards's Life
The title says it all: Life isn't just an autobiography, it's Keith Richards's Guide to Good Living.
Stone spills all — eloquently
| November 12, 2010
Further adventures in literary obsession and authenticity with Brock Clarke
Reviewing Brock Clarke's last novel, An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England (Algonquin), three years ago — before the author moved to Portland, started teaching at Bowdoin College, and released his new book, Exley , which he'll read at
Idolatry in Watertown
| October 15, 2010
VIDEO + PODCAST: Gail Caldwell reads from Let’s Take the Long Way Home [MP3]
video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo playerFriendship is a tough thing to capture. Especially in words. But friendship is even harder to capture in time. It's an...
| September 27, 2010
Interview: Kristin Hersh revisits the early days of Throwing Muses in her new memoir, Rat Girl
Twenty-five years ago, Kristin Hersh was a guitarist, singer, and songwriter from Newport whose band Throwing Muses was building a rep for riveting shows around Providence and Boston.
Turmoil and triumph
| September 10, 2010
When he was a fireworks-loving 12-year-old, Paul Guest rolled down a steep driveway on a bike with a broken brake cable. He steered onto the grass in an attempt to slow his momentum, the bike fell into a weed-concealed ditch, and Guest took flight. He la
Paul Guest’s life on wheels
| May 21, 2010
Aerosmith's Kramer put the 'Line' in 'Brookline'
All I know is that it's a fucking miracle that none of the five of us are dead.
In this book excerpt, Kramer recalls his life in greater Boston before the boys hit it big
| June 26, 2009
Interview: Aerosmith's Joey Kramer
The hard-living lifestyles of Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry are well chronicled: the booze, the drugs, the long, flowing caftans.
The Aerosmith drummer steps out from behind the kit to talk about his new book, Hit Hard .
| June 26, 2009
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