A novelist reflects on the best preparation for the writing life she could have ever had: parenthood.
It is difficult to swallow an easy binary between American freedom and totalitarian abuses when the film’s release occurred just weeks after the disclosure of the Senate report on CIA torture.
At the movies, this year was all about taking chances.
My gut response to research in the Cave de Chauvet Pont d’Arc is to cease our meddling and seal it back up.
In her new production, “Vagina Monologues” playwright Eve Ensler explores politics, consumption and other pressing societal woes.
From the annals of corporate jargon, Julie Wittes Schlack dissects the ‘Ask’ and the ‘Solve.’
Remembering a novel in whose bold, curious, prying heroine Sharon Brody once recognized the kind of girl she knew she wanted to be.
Why should a rape victim’s access to the courthouse depend on when the crime was committed?
A tribute to the late director who, with his film “The Graduate,” invented the modern rock video.
Pilobolus performs around the country and across the globe, but I’m thinking their audience ought to include those who could use a refresher in the art – and necessity – of working together.
The Magna Carta is a foundational document of democracy. But it’s also a reminder that power and wealth go hand in hand.
What accounts for Middle-earth’s appeal? And why do so many readers want to make a return visit?
Why is no one talking about the abject parenting failure inflicted upon this film’s girls?
In her passing, Angelou offers us a much-needed reminder of the power of words.
In more than four decades of poems, novels and memoirs, Angelou, crafted an inimitable voice cured by heartache deeply felt but also fiercely conquered.
For the prolific author, ‘enough’ was never enough.
The prolific photographer on why he doesn’t want you to know what he looks like — and much more.
Galleys are great for many things — mostly, for letting bookstores and reviewers get a preview. But it’s not the version any author wants to make a lasting impression with.
Tolkien reminds us how to be a hero, how to take risks, how to be a good man or woman — or elf, dwarf, or hobbit.
“Breaking Bad” ended well in a mechanically seamless, loose end-averse final episode that felt right even if it was not quite the emotional powerhouse we deserved.
While I wander the aisles of my local bookshops, I am pondering more intimate aspects of my friends than their shirt sizes or culinary tastes.
I think I’ve finally realized what bothers me about “Girls” and its creator.
To self-publish, or to wait for a publisher to bite: That is the question.
Read this and you may never again pick up that pen.
Writers, artists and musicians — and their creations — used to garner more respect. What happened?
Dear Winter 2015, Uncle.
A look at inclusivity in the arts after a controversial decision by students at Mount Holyoke College to retire Eve Ensler’s groundbreaking play.
Why the most prominent African American writer of the civil rights era, the man Malcolm X called “the poet of the revolution,” is as relevant as ever.
Yes, the awards are out of step with the mainstream, but that’s good — and beside the point.
In the average redemption story, you need to hit bottom before rising again. Don’s taken care of the first part. Let’s see how much bounce he’s got left in him.
I may be comfortable divulging details of my personal life, but that doesn’t mean others will bless how I interpret their actions.
Artists are the most vulnerable and arguably the most essential members of any society. As cultural truth-tellers, they remind us of our common humanity.
I’m sure the city will craft a carefully considered, permanent tribute somewhere, but I’d like to sing a note of praise for the spontaneous, temporary shrine that appeared near the marathon finish line last year.
A movie lover’s guide to the films — and the flops — of the year.
“Go Set A Watchman,” even in its unpolished form, is a literary treasure that deserves to be read.
For many writers, Ray Bradbury was the spiritual father they always wished they’d had. Alice Hoffman pays tribute to the late author, who would have been 92 on Aug. 22.
In her long career as an editor and language columnist, Jan Freeman says one question remains as baffling as ever: Why do people love their language peeves so dearly?
In Moscow, the trial against three young punk rockers looks more like the Soviet Union than the “new Russia.” Joshua Rubenstein on the Pussy Riot controversy.
Alice Hoffman on why the development of “fictional” characters often tells us more about the writer — than the character.
Historic Boston was built of brick, a legacy that gave way in the ’60s to the so-called Brutalist style – and now to big, boring boxes. But, Renee Loth wonders, is there a better way?
TV is the new cinema — such is the prevailing sentiment of the time. But this casual acceptance of television’s coup-d’état as fact demands a little counter-programming.
E.L. James’ runaway bestseller fails as a novel and as porn. But Tom Perrotta says in a funny way, this dual failure is probably also one of the secrets of the book’s outlandish success.
I admire the writer’s honesty and the way the piece leaves the questions there to think about, rather than posing answers.