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Interview: Cheryl Strayed on the sweet life

Before she was CHERYL STRAYED, she was Cheryl Strayed: an accomplished essayist with a novel, Torch , under her belt and a lot of friends and admirers in the literary community.
The Wild author is still Sugar underneath
By THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  March 08, 2013
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Famous Rock Critics School: Test Your Talent

I bet you get damn tired of seeing all those pompous smartasses raking in cash, glory and free records for scrawling about the latest heavies in rags like Creem, Rolling Stone, Phonograph Record and Awake.

By LESTER BANGS  |  January 25, 2013
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Interview: Junot Diaz on manhood, monsters, and Cancer Planet

Junot Diaz shows up late for our interview, his Red Sox cap askew and one shoelace untied.
Q&A
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 09, 2012
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Interview: Nate Silver explains

Nate Silver's New York Times blog, fivethirtyeight.com, is an island of rigorous thinking in an ocean of political spin.
The perils of prognostication
By PETER KADZIS  |  November 02, 2012
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Junot Díaz: down and dirty

Pulitzer alum and MIT prof Junot Díaz's new book, This Is How You Lose Her , follows his alter ego Yunior to Boston, where he gets yelled at by racists and rejected by women.

By S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  September 21, 2012
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Fiction for the digital age

Matthew Derby and Max Winter will have some explaining to do before their reading at the Dirt Palace August 9.
Letters
By PHILIP EIL  |  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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Mothers News tackles cheesecake and Left-Handers Day

"No offense, but you guys are no competition," Jacob Berendes tells me.
This Just In
By PHILIP EIL  |  June 08, 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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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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The Lisps try to deliver a message in 'Futurity'

It isn't easy to put together a 90-minute musical that includes the Civil War, the birth of computer programming, indie rock, the internal dynamics of Lord Byron's family, mathematical formulas, and writing letters back and forth about an invention that
All we are saying
By ED SIEGEL  |  March 30, 2012


Review:Being Flynn

Review: Being Flynn

Adaptations are always difficult to pull off, but this one had the extra baggage of being based on a lyrical book with chapter titles like "The Piss of God," and a tendency to jump back and forth through time as Flynn unpacks his life story.
Father complex
By THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  March 09, 2012
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The Ploughshares years

After reading an item on the Boston Globe book page noting that DeWitt Henry had published a memoir, I bought a copy of the book.
A different perspective on the venerable Boston lit mag's early years
By GEORGE KIMBALL  |  November 11, 2011
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Review: The Rum Diary

It's neat seeing Depp, more than a decade after his balding Raoul Duke in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas , as the younger Hunter S. Thompson, softening mannerisms later made brittle with cocaine, even if the performance is all surface.
Depp as the younger Hunter S. Thompson
By ANN LEWINSON  |  October 28, 2011
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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.
Profiles
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 30, 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


Nicole Atkins is back

Nicole Atkins finds peace in her darkness

A lot seemed to go wrong for Atkins after Columbia Records released her classic-pop imbued debut Neptune City four years ago. The singer of the newly rechristened Nicole Atkins and the Black Sea watched everyone responsible for getting her signed to a
Fade to black
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  August 12, 2011
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From the bedroom to beyond with Craft Spells

There's been an enormous wave of musicians gaining notoriety for creating work where they sleep, and subsequently seeing their star rise as blogs have picked up on the results.
Temple of gloom
By REYAN ALI  |  July 29, 2011
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Fun with Matt & Ben at Central Square

A couple of young women, Brenda Withers and Mindy Kaling (the latter born in Cambridge before graduating to the role of Kelly Kapoor in The Office ), decided to have some fun with the idea that two seemingly unformed guys — one kind of loutish — could s
Bosom buddies
By ED SIEGEL  |  July 15, 2011
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Review: Poe vs. Poe in Trinity's Strange Tale

What's left to spook us these days? Crime shows display forensic detail that has inured us to blood.
I Is Another
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 20, 2011

Out of work

Two years ago last week, I lost my job. This account of my experience is culled from my journal.
Two years — and counting — of job-seeking take a massive toll. One Maine family man tells the story of his decline — spiritually, mentally, emotionally, physically.
By AUTHOR'S NAME WITHHELD TO PROTECT PRIVACY  |  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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Clif Garboden, 1948-2011

Clif Garboden, who spent virtually all of his professional career affiliated with the Boston Phoenix , died last week. He was 62.
Media = truth
By PETER KADZIS  |  February 18, 2011
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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.
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  January 28, 2011
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Continuing Education October 2010

Or do you just need a new hobby? Check out our continuing-education listings, plus trades that'll make you apocalypse-proof, and ways to dip your toes into a career in literature.
Looking to re-animate the corpse that is your dead-end career?
By BOSTON PHOENIX CONTRIBUTORS  |  October 15, 2010
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Women's Playwriting Festival at Perishable

Kicking off a season in which all Perishable Theatre plays will be written by women, the 15th International Women's Playwriting Festival is presenting the world premieres of three plays selected from hundreds. It's running through October 23.
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By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 08, 2010


Dating site red flags


This made me laugh. "Five 'favorite books' that are a warning sign on dating profiles" -- including anything by Ayn Rand or The Notebook ("This...
By Deirdre Fulton  |  September 16, 2010
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Review: Rob Sheffield's inner Sheena

It was probably a common impulse, wanting to save Rob Sheffield.
Womanly man
By AMY FINCH  |  September 03, 2010
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A woman's writing conference comes to Brown

Hannelore Hahn understands the liberating power of writing.
Words, Words, Words
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  July 30, 2010
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Words around town

“Every writer I know has trouble writing,” said Joseph Heller. Let that serve as comfort.
Our fair city is chock full of people who write well and are willing to teach you their trade.
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  April 30, 2010