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Photos: LeVar Burton at Tufts University

February 3, 2012
LeVar Burton accepts the Eliot-Pearson Award for Excellence in Children's Media at Tufts University on February 3, 2012.
By: JOSH BERLINGER  |  February 06, 2012


Sara Benincasa leaves her room

Pee shy
Sara Benincasa's "Agorafabulous! Dispatches from My Bedroom" is a memoir about her struggle with agoraphobia, and there's no pretty way around it.
By: THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  January 31, 2012


Trying to find now

William Gibson's randomized experience
William Gibson — the writer who famously coined the term "cyberpunk" and whose classic tech-punk novels like Neuromancer and The Difference Engine helped spawn a couple generations' worth of bleak, busted fantasies — is now on tour promoting his first collection of nonfiction.
By: MATT PARISH  |  January 04, 2012

Preview: Books winter 2012

Authors tote their wares to area bookstores

Road shows
A new story collection from Dan Chaon and new novels from Heidi Julavits and Adam Johnson are just some of the delights in store for Boston lit nerds.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  December 30, 2011


Photos: Selections from Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed

Science Ink
Used with permission from Science Ink by Carl Zimmer, Sterling Publishing © 2011.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 28, 2011

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Ink for eggheads

Tattoo U
Over the last four years, Zimmer has become the nation's foremost chronicler of scientific skin art.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  December 15, 2011


The short, happy life of Occupy Boston's A-Z Library

Reading the revolution
On the final night in the brief and wondrous life of the Audre Lorde to Howard Zinn Library, it poured.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  December 14, 2011


Picking the season’s best books — for everyone from plutocrats to paupers

Reading class
In recent months, Americans have become acutely aware of class divisions — thus it’s possible to choose books for your friends and family based on their income bracket. Below are picks for plutocrats and paupers alike.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  December 06, 2011


Photos: Images from Live . . . Suburbia

Images from Live…Suburbia! by Anthony Pappalardo and Max G. Morton
The Live . . . Suburbia art show at Orchard Skate Shop's Extension Gallery opens December 10, 2011.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 01, 2011


Under new ownership, changes are coming to the New England Mobile Book Fair

Turn the Page
A few weeks ago, I dropped by the New England Mobile Book Fair to buy an Orhan Pamuk paperback, The Museum of Innocence , for my book club.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  December 01, 2011


The way we were

Staying hardcore in the land of the stripmall
How to explain Live . . . Suburbia?
By: ANTHONY PAPPALARDO  |  December 01, 2011


Susan Orlean gets the dirt on Rin Tin Tin

New Yorker staff writer Susan Orlean has been busy talking up her latest book, Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend (Simon & Schuster), a biography of the most popular animal actor in history, and his impact on American culture.
By: JOHN J. KELLY  |  November 30, 2011


Erin Byers Murray digs for Duxbury bivalves

Shucking, but not jiving
The first time I ate an oyster it was swamped with a tangy mignonette to avoid any hint of unpleasant squishy sea-creatureness.
By: CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  November 22, 2011


Interview: James Wolcott's semi-dirty years

Cleaning up
The brilliant cultural critic James Wolcott has written for the vast majority of respectable periodicals, lately and most often for Vanity Fair.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  November 23, 2011


Photos: Boston Anarchist Book Fair 2011

Simmons College | November 11-13, 2011
Simmons College hosts the Boston Anarchist Book Fair on November 11-13, 2011.
By: ALI CARTER  |  November 18, 2011


A first-time novelist at 87, UMass professor Joseph Zaitchik talks shop with his grandson, writer Alex Zaitchik

Writing in the family
Once a year, Joseph Zaitchik tells his favorite joke.
By: ALEXANDER ZAITCHIK  |  November 16, 2011


A new book says 'smaller' cities could be the way of the future

Thinking small
This month sees the publication by MIT Press of Small, Gritty, and Green: The Promise of America's Smaller Industrial Cities in a Low-Carbon World by Catherine Tumber.
By: JON GARELICK  |  November 17, 2011


Interview: John Hodgman is pleased to serve

You're welcome
Brookline native, Apple pitchman, podcast host, and Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman has made a career out of hilarious pedantry.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  November 14, 2011


Papercut Zine Library & the Lucy Parsons Center re-open

Radical reading
Zinesters perused hand-stitched books and photocopied pamphlets on topics ranging from punk politics and parenting to feminism and freeganism, while local musicians played folksy tunes on acoustic guitars, mandolins, and cello between floor-to-ceiling shelves of used books.
By: LIZ PELLY  |  November 09, 2011


Tapping into the world of Chuck Palahniuk

Bookclub of the Damned
Chuck Palahniuk inspires the kind of trembling adulation reserved for Morrissey and Robert Pattinson. His official Web site is called "The Cult."  
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  October 26, 2011


He's all Dwight

Remembering Dwight Macdonald's work
Throughout the 1940s, 50s, and '60s, Dwight Macdonald was one of the nation's most provocative and original literary, political, and cultural critics.
By: PETER KADZIS  |  October 20, 2011

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