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All over Boston, artists, radicals, and entrepreneurs are finding new ways to work — together

Tearing down the cubicle
In these strange economic times, groups of young creatives around Boston have banded together to start nontraditional, cooperative work spaces.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  January 12, 2012


In a quest to quit smoking, our reporter delves into the strange world of modern hypnosis

I sit with a group of 19 others in a semicircle in what looks like a living room in a brick Brookline walk-up. The smell of old cigarettes lingers on our clothes.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  January 05, 2012

Top 20 Memes: 2011

Top 20 memes of 2011

An alphabetical, scientifically accurate list of the year's most pervasive memes
An alphabetical, scientifically accurate list of the year's most pervasive memes.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  December 28, 2011

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

Memes: Success

Meme forecast for 2012

What pianos will the cats of the future play for us?
When evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins coined the word "meme" in 1976 — meaning "a piece of thought copied from person to person" — he probably didn't realize that, in time, the word would come to be synonymous with cat macros, various advice animals, and Rebecca Black.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  December 30, 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


Looney Tunes' three decades of vinyl bliss

Right round baby right round
Among the faded LP sleeves crowding the Boylston-facing windows of Looney Tunes Records is a carefully hand-lettered sign written in black marker: "33 1/3 YEAR BIRTHDAY SALE. EVERY ITEM 33 1/3 % OFF LIST PRICE."
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  December 07, 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


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


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


Extreme Science Fair

Dept. of nerdery
When I met them, Julia Crowley-Farenga and Patrick Loftus were hanging out in front of their science project, "Morphological Classification of Post-Starburst Galaxies."
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  November 16, 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


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


Interview: Karen Russell talks to the animals

Frustrated vet
Florida native Karen Russell burst on the scene in 2007 with an unbelievably likeable and charming book of short stories, St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves .
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  October 13, 2011


A conversation between Richard Russo and Andre Dubus III

Blue-collar poetry
The novelists Richard Russo and Andre Dubus III might have first met each other at the Newburyport Book Festival in 2006, but they might not have — they hit it off so well that neither of them can quite remember. They've been friends ever since.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  October 12, 2011


How Lee Child — and the Reacher Creatures — conquered thriller lit

Earlier this year, Random House held a Jack Reacher look-alike contest.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  October 05, 2011


Young Adulteration

Kid lit, cultural literacy, and the rise of books that are fun to read
In the late 1980s, when I was nine or 10, my mom bought me my own copy of A First Dictionary of Cultural Literacy: What Our Children Need To Know .
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  September 21, 2011


A mushroom of one's own

The woods around Boston are full of fantastic fungi — if you just know where to look
I can hear the members of the Boston Mycological Club laughing as they read this.  
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  September 21, 2011


Their cheating hearts

Literary Lites
When Kristina Newman-Scott took over as director of programs for the Boston Center for the Arts in January, she was surprised at its lack of literary offerings.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  September 21, 2011


Book-industry magic: Erin Morgenstern transformed into an overnight literary sensation

Will Erin Morgenstern be the next JK Rowling? Or will the spell wear off?
A year ago Morgenstern was selling tarot-card paintings on Etsy from her former home in Salem, Massachusetts. Now she is the author expected to become fiction's next pop star.  
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  September 16, 2011

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