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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


10 authors — and a couple of artists — make the rounds this fall

Word and image
Joan Didion, Umberto Eco, Colin Meloy, Touré, the Boston Book Festival — just trucking out to all these "shows" could keep a person from ever actually getting around to reading a book.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  September 14, 2011


Grace Bonney’s epoch-defining design blog becomes a book

Home pages
Design*Sponge at Home , the first book by the founder of the blog Design*Sponge, Grace Bonney, is a breathtaking, byzantine 390-page encyclopedia of eclectic home décor.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  August 31, 2011


Rainbow coalition

Hair-metal royalty, working-class meatheads, and six-year-olds still mingle at LA’s Rainbow Bar & Grille
It is 1985. I am six years old, sitting in a sticky red leather booth in a wood-paneled room on the Sunset Strip, eating pizza.  
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  August 24, 2011


Boat people

They cover the waterfront
For around $200 a month, houseboaters get a place to dock — plus electricity, refuse service, and Wi-Fi. There's no security deposit, homeowners' taxes, or assessment fees.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  August 23, 2011

30 minutes or less backtalk

Jesse Eisenberg and Nick Swardson get to work

Teen dreams
Following his star turn as a ruthless, if socially awkward, billionaire in David Fincher's The Social Network, Jesse Eisenberg returns to the screen as a downtrodden pizza delivery boy-man in Ruben Fleischer's 30 Minutes or Less. Nick Swardson plays Eisenberg's tormentor.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  August 12, 2011

ART takes on Porgy and Bess 2

Reimagining Porgy and Bess

The A.R.T. takes on the Gershwins' classic and prep it for Broadway
In the new production at the American Repertory Theater, directed by Diane Paulus, Messrs. Heyward and Gershwin have been reworked by two actual African-Americans: two-time Obie Award winner Diedre L. Murray and Suzan-Lori Parks, the first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  August 12, 2011


Will Kindles kill libraries?

In this corner: libraries struggling to bring in patrons. In the other: Kindles looking to expand their market. Will it be a bloodbath, or can they hug it out?
This week, OverDrive itself will host its own conference to help libraries deal with a massive onslaught of patrons clamoring to check out books on their Kindles. Can embattled public institutions handle such a drastic change?
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  July 27, 2011

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The Game of Thrones author visits his realm

The madness for King George
The immense appeal of George R. R. Martin's storytelling relies, in part, on the innate thrill of the mechanics of power.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  July 22, 2011


Beach reads that don't suck

Summer reading that stands the test of time
Lists of beach reads — though as reliable as summer itself — are, generally speaking, a sham.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  July 18, 2011


Errol Morris's magnificent obsessions

Mr. Natural
The tops of the side tables in Errol Morris's office are entirely obscured by books, among them Remembering Satan: A Tragic Case of Recovered Memory ; The Education of T.C. Mits: What Modern Mathematics Means to You ; French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan's Écrits , and an anthology of Weekly World News stories.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  July 13, 2011

comedian Lizz Winstead

Daily Show vet stumps for Planned Parenthood

No More Bargains
Lizz Winstead has a cold. The New York–based comedian is speaking with me from her home town of Minneapolis, where she has been working on a book due out later this year — and where she caught a heckuva bug.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  July 08, 2011

Improv Boston - 'The T Within'

They feel a song coming on

Hello Trolley!
The night the Bruins took the Stanley Cup, the cast of Improv Boston's T: An MBTA Musical ambushed two carfuls of unsuspecting Red Line passengers.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  June 29, 2011

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A cheery reboot for True Blood

Bloody good
As supernatural soap operas-cum-social allegories go, True Blood is as good as it gets.  
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  June 24, 2011

Ungerer is back

The return of Tomi Ungerer

Moon man
Last week, the children's book artist Tomi Ungerer returned to America for the first time in over a decade.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  June 27, 2011

We Like Bikes - a lot.

We Like Bikes

There has never been a better time or place to be a cyclist
I Love My Bike, a book of street photography by Matthew Finkle, with text by Brittain Sullivan, has captured the imaginations of people in far-flung lands.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  June 15, 2011


Make way for cornhole

How the Midwest's stupidest sport is taking Boston by storm
When I left Chicago for Boston three years ago, I expected to leave a few things behind. Friendliness, for one, and deep-dish pizza, and modernist architecture, and perfect hot dogs, and . . . cornhole.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  June 09, 2011


Ann Patchett finds her readers

Up the Amazon
Ann Patchett forever endeared herself to Bostonians with her 2007 novel, Run, a lyrical take on the Kennedys and crisp New England winters.  
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  June 01, 2011


Look at This Fucking Hipster Wedding

Marching down the aisle with mustache parties, woodland creatures, and letterpress — lots and lots of letterpress.
If you liked it, then you shoulda put a bird on it.  
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  May 25, 2011

Eternal Earth-Bound Pets

Interview: Eternal Earth-Bound Pets founder Bart Centre

 Because there’s no doggie door to Heaven
Pets — no matter how cuddly — lack souls. While their pious masters are frolicking with Jesus, loyal puppies, adorable kitties, and stalwart goldfish will find themselves alone in a terrifying hell on Earth.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  May 19, 2011

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Daniel Orozco gets to work

On the jobs
"Temporary Stories," the eighth entry in Daniel Orozco's debut collection, Orientation (Faber and Faber), is a gem and a killer.  
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  August 08, 2011

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