Poem: Shelter In Place Boston

Poem: Shelter In Place

By Wendy Drexler

A few days after Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured, poet Wendy Drexler walked the Watertown streets to look for the house with the boat where he’d been hiding.


The Curious Pleasure Of Peeving Language

The Curious Pleasure Of Peeving

By Jan Freeman

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?

Freedom Of Speech? Nyet Policy

Freedom Of Speech? Nyet

By Joshua Rubenstein

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.

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Our Characters, Ourselves Books

Our Characters, Ourselves

By Alice Hoffman

Alice Hoffman on why the development of “fictional” characters often tells us more about the writer — than the character.

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Bricks To Brutalism To … Bland Architecture

Bricks To Brutalism To … Bland

By Renée Loth

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?

I Found It At The Movies Film/TV

I Found It At The Movies

By Aaron Beatty

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.

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Fifty Shades Of Whatever Books

Fifty Shades Of Whatever

By Tom Perrotta

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.

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