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Got something to say about your favorite album? 33 1/3 just might print it

Liner notes
David Barker does not know exactly how many proposals he has read since he started 331/3, the esteemed series of small, somewhat flimsy, uniformly sized books about records. He doesn't know how he wants to commemorate its 10-year anniversary next spring.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  June 21, 2012


Interview: Christopher Hayes looks at an unfair America

Merit Testing
After a decade of national failure, the public's trust in our most essential institutions is at a record low.
By: JOHN J. KELLY  |  June 19, 2012


We need to talk about Hans Rickheit

Peverse delight
I want to have sex with Hans Rickheit.
By: S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  June 15, 2012


Interview: Gail Collins gets inside the Lone Star State

Talkin' Texas
Texas is a landfill of political insanity that's fast declining into a privatized wasteland for all but its wealthiest residents.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 05, 2012


Finding out what makes the Meat Puppets tick with a new oral history

They Ain't Heavy, They're the Kirkwood Brothers
As half-assed a form as it can be, the rock-band oral history is a folk form nonetheless, with a great claim to authenticity.
By: JAMES PARKER  |  May 30, 2012


Jonathan Lethem braves Talking Heads’ Fear of Music

Fear factor
In every single rock documentary on the BBC, there comes a certain moment.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  June 01, 2012


They call me Oil Can

Baseball, drugs, and life on the edge
Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd, a Mississippi native who lives in East Providence with his wife and two children, is one of the most complex, controversial players ever to don a Red Sox uniform.


Interview: Oil Can Boyd on playing the game

Baseball ‘takes away a lot of hurt’
This week, I had an hour long chat with Oil Can Boyd.
By: DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 23, 2012


Kate Bornstein’s queer evolution

Cult following
Feisty transgender icon Kate Bornstein's newest book, A Queer and Pleasant Danger (Beacon Press), is best summed up by its subtitle: The True Story of a Nice Jewish Boy Who Joins the Church of Scientology and Leaves Twelve Years Later to Become the Lovely Lady She Is Today.
By: THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  May 25, 2012


Interview: Rory O’Connor digs social media

News trust
Rory O'Connor has been thinking about trust and the media for a long time.
By: DAN KENNEDY  |  May 14, 2012


Hilary Mantel's power play

King's Man
Endings, perhaps more than beginnings, set the tone in historical fiction.
By: CLEA SIMON  |  May 11, 2012


Getting to know Philip Larkin with a new edition of his poems

Philip is a punk rocker
"A smash of glass and a rumble of boots/Electric trains and a ripped-up phonebooth/Paint-spattered walls and the cry of a tomcat/Lights going out, and a kick in the balls." These lines are not by Philip Larkin, of course — they're by Paul Weller.
By: JAMES PARKER  |  April 26, 2012


Eileen Myles crosses all borders

Askew at high velocity
"Gender is a technology," Eileen Myles says.
By: THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  April 25, 2012


Joe Brainard’s collected works

Pleasure principle
The sui generis artist and writer Joe Brainard invented a literary form.
By: WILLIAM CORBETT  |  April 25, 2012


Interview: Benjamin Busch remembers

War stories
Perhaps best known as Officer Anthony Colicchio on HBO's The Wire, as well as for roles in Homicide: Life on the Street, The West Wing, and the HBO film Generation Kill, actor and filmmaker Benjamin Busch, the son of esteemed novelist Frederick Busch, has also been a US Marine Corps officer who served two tours of duty in Iraq.
By: JOHN J. KELLY  |  April 13, 2012


Bechdel looks at her mom, Abrams packages the Garbage Pail Kids, and Corman’s new graphic novel, Unterzakhn

Serious funnies
For years, I faithfully followed Alison Bechdel's comic strip Dykes To Watch Out For , an ongoing lesbian soap opera with a huge cast of characters, all of them vivid and realized.
By: S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  April 04, 2012


Interview: R.L. Stine and the scary hamsters

Horror Story
For a man who's spent the past 20 odd years writing about psychotic cheerleaders, undead ex-boyfriends, and all manner of creatures ghoulish and gruesome, R.L. Stine is a cheery guy.
By: ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  March 14, 2012


The realist’s guide to experimental fiction

Ripeness is all
Ten years ago, I bought a copy of Ben Marcus's first novel, Notable American Women, on the recommendation of a young literary editor.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  March 14, 2012


Authors strut their stuff

Live and in person
Literary gossip columnists, political poets, cranky lefties, and singing novelists are just some of the characters traipsing through Boston this spring to promote their new books.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  March 05, 2012


A store with character

Is our children reading?
Curious George shall rise again. As Publishers Weekly reported, the Harvard Square monkey-merchandise-cum-children's-bookstore, shuttered last summer, will return in late April under new ownership.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  February 15, 2012


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

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