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Interview: Cheryl Strayed on the sweet life

The Wild author is still Sugar underneath
Before she was CHERYL STRAYED, she was Cheryl Strayed: an accomplished essayist with a novel, Torch , under her belt and a lot of friends and admirers in the literary community.
By: THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  March 05, 2013


Shave and a haircut: Boston's old-timey barbershop revival

I've been looking for a barbershop for a year and a half — something retro, not anachronistic; quality, not pretentious.
By: THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  November 09, 2012


This weekend, Boston’s the home base for the country’s best menswear

America, the beautiful
This weekend, Boston’s the home base for the country’s best menswear.
By: THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  October 18, 2012


Hanna Rosin's 'Men'

Hanna Rosin's anachronistic and jumbled The End of Men: And the Rise of Women is exactly what you'd expect.
By: THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  October 01, 2012


Female-to-male alongside pop culture

Year in transition
About this time a year ago, I watched Chaz Bono on Late Night with David Letterman try to explain to America what it meant to be transgender. Letterman's hammy reaction made me clammy with fear. Oh god, I thought, terrified.
By: THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  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


Eileen Myles crosses all borders

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

Review:Being Flynn

Review: Being Flynn

Father complex
If you're a fan of Nick Flynn's stunning 2004 memoir, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, you're probably concerned about whether Being Flynn director Paul Weitz will do justice to Flynn's exploration of grief, homelessness, and father-son relationships on the streets of '80s-era Boston.
By: THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  March 28, 2012


Welcome to Suck City

Boston author Nick Flynn talks about the new movie based on his memoir — and how his Dad felt about being played by Robert De Niro
Plenty of books are turned into movies, but Scituate-born PEN-award winning poet, memoirist, and playwright Nick Flynn has had the slightly less usual experience.
By: THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  March 07, 2012

Review:Being Flynn

Review: Being Flynn

Father complex
Adaptations are always difficult to pull off, but this one had the extra baggage of being based on a lyrical book with chapter titles like "The Piss of God," and a tendency to jump back and forth through time as Flynn unpacks his life story.
By: THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  March 08, 2012


Review: 69°S.: The Shackleton Project

An ethereal trip to the turn-of-the-century wilds of the South Pole
“Men wanted for hazardous journey, small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful, honor and recognition in case of success.”  
By: THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  February 10, 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

Preview - Haywire

Review: Haywire

Soderbergh phones it in
Despite some thrilling combat choreography executed with flair by MMA champ Gina Carano, Steven Soderbergh clearly phoned it in here. The barely-there plot involves Mallory (Carano), a double-crossed Black Ops agent who goes rogue in an uninteresting search for revenge.
By: THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  January 24, 2012


The enduring evolution of Lovers

  Full-fledged fling
Lovers, the chamber-folk-turned-synth-pop project helmed by Boston-born Carolyn Berk, has seen plenty of critical acclaim since its first release, 2002's Starlit Sunken Ship (Orange Twin).
By: THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  November 09, 2011


Interview: Jennifer Egan's anti-nostalgic look back

Time traveler
Forget Jonathan Franzen. For those counting, Jennifer Egan may be a better contender for the greatest American author of her generation.
By: THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  October 12, 2011


Teaching 9/11

Textbook Tragedy
"What do you know about 9/11?"
By: THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  September 12, 2011

Swoon takes her street art to the ICA 'Wall'

Going inside
Part punk-rock activist, part classically trained artist, Swoon, a/k/a Caledonia Curry, has sailed the Mississippi with a merry gang on homemade rafts and created earthquake-resistant structures for Haiti.
By: THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  September 01, 2011

original plumbing at midway

Party supplies

Trans Dance Dept.
Original Plumbing, the New York–based quarterly lifestyle magazine and Web site for trans men and their friends, returns to the Midway this Friday for a queer/trans dance party featuring go-go boys, a photo booth, DJs D'hana and Justincredible, and a midnight performance by New England electropop act Nicky Click.
By: THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  August 10, 2011

TJI shapiro

A friend in need

Community comes together to support Aliza Shapiro
For the last 15 years, Aliza Shapiro has been the heart and brains of Truth Serum Productions, the rabble-rousing outfit behind the irreverent TraniWreck cabaret.
By: THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  August 05, 2011


Alexander McQueen's 'Savage Beauty'

The late fashion designer's show at the Met defies demographics — and fashion itself
The two-hour wait is your first clue that "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (through August 7) is not your typical blockbuster exhibit.
By: THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  August 01, 2011
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