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Review: Caroline Leavitt's family Pictures

Photo finish
Love, family, and the moments that change lives forever — these are the potent ingredients that Caroline Leavitt stirs up again and again in her fiction.
By: JULIA HANNA  |  January 27, 2011


How to create a readable future

Future Boston authors Jon Burrowes, Alexander Jablokov, Steven Popkes, David Alexander Smith, and Sarah Smith show us how it's done.  
The actual future is a collaboration between nearly seven billion people worldwide. But creating a future can be a fun indoor sport for you and your friends.


11 Fictional glimpses of the Boston of tomorrow

Futures past
The history of the future is not long.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  August 08, 2011


Highbrow smackdown: Writers prepare for Literary Death Match

Four writers enter, one writer leaves
Four writers participate in a Death Match. Though only one will emerge victorious, each will be heard.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  January 24, 2011


Interview: The authors of Future Boston on building the Boston of tomorrow

Future Boston, 15 years later
We only have three years before the aliens land. This was the future envisioned in Future Boston , an anthology by a group of local science-fiction writers published in 1995 .
By: S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  January 21, 2011


Interview: Christian Lander

Beyond the pale
With his first book, Stuff White People Like , and his blog of the same name, Christian Lander poked savage fun at the urban bourgeoisie. He hit a nerve and the bestseller list; it all culminated in an appearance on Conan .
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  January 18, 2011


Talking cures

Aminatta Forna's memories of war
Letting go is never easy. No matter what our reasons, every move we make away from someone we once loved involves regret. In a normal life, this can be bittersweet, tinged with melancholy and the sweetness of memory. In the aftermath of brutal civil war, the sadness is likely to be more palpable: absence as a wound.
By: CLEA SIMON  |  February 02, 2011


Hip-hop history

Dan Charnas's story is bigger than the music
Dan Charnas is aware that some disgruntled rap purists may eschew his epic tome on planet hip-hop's animated cast of titanic dick swingers.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 11, 2011


Review: ''American Gothic'' painter Grant Wood gets to leave the closet

American gay
Who was Grant Wood? Millions of Americans know him as the artist who painted American Gothic — and that's about it. But since his death, from pancreatic cancer, in 1942, he's become the poster boy for the right and the whipping boy of the left.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 07, 2011


Review: Philip Guston: Collected Writings, Lectures, And Conversations

Fast talk: A great artist bends your ear
If you are interested in the great painter Philip Guston (1913–1980), you will want this book. If you are interested in American painting from 1945 on, and into the future, you will want this book. If you enjoy a great talker in top form, you will want this book.
By: WILLIAM CORBETT  |  January 07, 2011


13 must-attend readings of winter 2011

Writers fight the good fight at local book events
Winter is dreadful. Books are the opposite. We offer you the following author events as antidotes to sedentary overeating and bad television.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  January 04, 2011


Search-term smackdown: Boston rivalries settled with Google Books Ngram Viewer

 Golden Ngrams
Two weeks ago, Google chucked a shiny new Web toy down the chimneys of Internet-research nerds everywhere: the Google Books Ngram Viewer, a search tool/treasure hunt that shows you the frequency of specific words in literature going back to the 1500s.
By: SHAULA CLARK  |  December 30, 2010


Top 10 Must-Read Books of 2010

Writers who showed the way
Here, listed alphabetically by author, are 10 notable books that the Phoenix wrote about in 2010.
By: JON GARELICK  |  December 21, 2010


Gift Guide 2010: Books that'll make your coffee table look smart

 Rock of Pages
There are books, and then there are deluxe books. They're like normal books, but more badass.


Laura Hillenbrand finds another unlikely hero

When Laura Hillenbrand was doing research for her first book, Seabiscui t, she kept coming across references to another fast-moving morale booster of the Depression: Louis Zamperini.
By: AMY FINCH  |  December 07, 2010


Gift Guide 2010: Graphic novels and comic anthologies

There's something about getting a book as a gift that makes you not want to read it.
By: S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  December 08, 2010


Interview: Harold McGee

Dr. Food
Before Alton Brown had even opened a culinary-school brochure, Harold McGee had written On Food and Cooking .
By: LINDSAY CRUDELE  |  December 01, 2010


From Russia with fate

Doctor Zhivago revisited
More than a half-century after its first appearance, Boris Pasternak's Doctor Zhivago is just now getting its second translation into English.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 23, 2010


Interview: Al Jaffee

Mad about the man
Al Jaffee has been a Mad man for 55 years, practically since the beginning.
By: DAN MAZUR  |  November 18, 2010


Interview: Amy Sedaris

On sausages, short robes, and stealing her new book Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People
These days, money is a bit tight for all of us. Even for Amy Sedaris. Well, not really. But she can empathize!
By: ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  November 16, 2010


The Book of Clouds

As books turn into data and tweets are archived for posterity, how will readers and academics cope with the detritus of a digital age?
A hundred years from now, how will literary historians deal with 21st-century authors like Tao Lin?
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  November 17, 2010

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