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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


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


Trying to find now

William Gibson's randomized experience
William Gibson — the writer who famously coined the term "cyberpunk" and whose classic tech-punk novels like Neuromancer and The Difference Engine helped spawn a couple generations' worth of bleak, busted fantasies — is now on tour promoting his first collection of nonfiction.
By: MATT PARISH  |  January 04, 2012

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


Photos: Selections from Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed

Science Ink
Used with permission from Science Ink by Carl Zimmer, Sterling Publishing © 2011.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 28, 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


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


Photos: Images from Live . . . Suburbia

Images from Live…Suburbia! by Anthony Pappalardo and Max G. Morton
The Live . . . Suburbia art show at Orchard Skate Shop's Extension Gallery opens December 10, 2011.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 01, 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


The way we were

Staying hardcore in the land of the stripmall
How to explain Live . . . Suburbia?
By: ANTHONY PAPPALARDO  |  December 01, 2011


Susan Orlean gets the dirt on Rin Tin Tin

New Yorker staff writer Susan Orlean has been busy talking up her latest book, Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend (Simon & Schuster), a biography of the most popular animal actor in history, and his impact on American culture.
By: JOHN J. KELLY  |  November 30, 2011


Erin Byers Murray digs for Duxbury bivalves

Shucking, but not jiving
The first time I ate an oyster it was swamped with a tangy mignonette to avoid any hint of unpleasant squishy sea-creatureness.
By: CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  November 22, 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
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