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Interview: Leanne Shapton

Object lessons
There are many end-of-relationship rituals.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  March 24, 2009



Ulrich Boser takes on the Gardner heist
In the wee hours of March 18, 1990, two men posing as police officers gained entrance to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, tied up the two security guards, and stole 13 pieces of art.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 18, 2009



Art thief Myles Connor talks
Myles Connor: Mayflower descendant, Mensa member, master of disguise, black belt in karate, self-styled "President of Rock 'n' Roll." And probably the most notorious art thief in the history of the United States.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  March 18, 2009


Mixed book bag

Reads to thaw out with
It looks like a good season run-up to beach reads, with new fiction from Denis Johnson and Aleksandar Hemon, biographies of Gabriel García Márquez and Cornelius Vanderbilt, and John Updike's final collection of poetry.
By: BARBARA HOFFERT  |  March 16, 2009


Review: The Kindly Ones

Inside the Reich
Those put off by the soft-pedaling of the SS in the movie adaptation of Bernhard Schlink's The Reader might be wary of Jonathan Littell's memoir of fictional war criminal Maximilien Aue.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 11, 2009


Noir film

Jerry Berndt and Eugene Richards: The inescapable romance of decay
Fatalism and depression are consequences of life, not goals. Cheer up and don't let this dust-to-dust business slow you down.
By: CLIF GARBODEN  |  March 03, 2009


Review: In the Devil's Territory by Kyle Minor

Kyle Minor's book of secrets
In Kyle Minor's dark debut collection of stories, personal secrets always exact a terrible price.
By: NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  February 25, 2009


Nazis, Manet, and romance

Telling Fiction from Fact
During World War II, Nazi plunderers focused their greedy eyes on Paris and began looting the city's artwork — operating according to Hitler's plan to open a massive, self-aggrandizing museum in Germany.
By: CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  February 19, 2009


Interview: G. Xavier Robillard

Of politics, capes, and fame-whoring
There just aren't many career options for a washed-up superhero these days.
By: MARY PHILLIPS-SANDY  |  February 18, 2009


Interview: Eugene Mirman

Slow learner
Much like the stand-up that has made him an alt-comedy mainstay, Eugene Mirman's first book, The Will to Whatevs (Harper Perennial), is a freewheeling mix of bemused ironies and trenchantly silly non-sequiturs.
By: ROB TURBOVSKY  |  February 17, 2009


Slideshow: Street, studio art from Caleb Neelon

Artwork on many platforms
Artwork from Cambridge street artist Caleb Neelon.
By: CALEB NEELON  |  February 13, 2009


Review: Rebound!

The Celtics and the busing rift
According to Boston Herald writer Michael Connelly, the deep racial wounds opened up by the Boston busing crisis of the mid '70s first began to heal when whites and blacks came together to support the Boston Celtics' championship team of 1981.
By: KEN BROCINER  |  February 13, 2009


Interview: T. C. Boyle

On The Women and Frank Lloyd Wright
Among his many fictionalizations of the American past, novelist T.C. Boyle has remade such real-life characters as the inventor of cornflakes, John Harvey Kellogg ( The Road to Wellville , 1993), and sexual behaviorist Alfred Kinsey ( The Inner Circle , 2004).
By: CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  February 03, 2009


Short and bitter words of love

Six Little Words
People sum up grand concepts, thoughts, and plans in six words or fewer every day — in Facebook status updates, text messages, text-message novels , iPhone or Blackberry e-mails, Twitter posts, or analog Post-Its.
By: CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  February 02, 2009


Review: Lark and Termite

Total immersion
"Language Immersion" is the name of a program set up by the US Army in Korea just prior to the North's invasion of the South.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  January 29, 2009


Spilling family secrets

Speaking Up
Shortly after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Iranian author Azar Nafisi began making a list in her diary.
By: CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  January 21, 2009


Anita Silvey

Women warriors
In her near-40-years working in the field of children's literature, Boston-area resident Anita Silvey has been everything from a publisher, to an editor, an author, a lecturer, a reviewer, and even a professor.
By: IAN SANDS  |  January 22, 2009


Novel idea: Twitter fiction

Post-modernism, post by 140-character post
Inauspiciously, Tom Scharpling began his Twitter novel with a typo.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  January 14, 2009


Interview: Christopher Monks

Ever feel you should earn points for remembering to get up in the morning?
By: CLEA SIMON  |  January 15, 2009


Review: Appetite for Self-Destruction

How the record industry killed itself
Like any good murder mystery, Steve Knopper's Appetite for Self-Destruction keeps the tension high and the action swift as the search for a culprit drags on.
By: JEFF TAMARKIN  |  January 13, 2009


Ol' Dirty's dirty side

Jaime Lowe's Life and Death of ODB
Sometimes it takes an outsider to understand the inside.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 09, 2009

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