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  • Travel with a classic touch, and a picnic blanket, to Massachusetts' Tanglewood

     Travel with a classic touch, and a picnic blanket, to Massachusetts' Tanglewood
    Lenox, Mass. — Travelers come to the Berkshires in western Massachusetts for the mountains and the museums, the camping and the theater, the just-off-the-boil summer days that fade into cool evenings and single-blanket nights. But most of all they come for Tanglewood, the classical music festival that is one of America's most beloved excuses for a starlit picnic. This year, it's particularly important to pack the champagne glasses. The mother of all classical-paloozas is turning 75.
  • Fall book preview

    Fall book preview
    It's tempting, looking at the fall's books, to think of this as a political season. Dick Cheney got it started with "In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir," and in November we'll see a different (and perhaps conflicting?) take when Condoleezza...

    Book review: 'The Art of Fielding' by Chad Harbach

    Book review: 'The Art of Fielding' by Chad Harbach
    The Art of Fielding A Novel Chad Harbach Little, Brown: 528 pp., $25.99 In terms of conjuring a shorthand for a certain American innocence, there are few delivery systems quite so direct as baseball. Touched on by a library's worth of authors...

    Low-rent Chicago lawyers get in over their heads

    Low-rent Chicago lawyers get in over their heads
    Do we need any more evidence than the last 20 years' worth of best-seller lists of the huge human longing — specifically, the huge American human longing — for entertaining and sustained fictional narrative? In other words, for popular novels?...

    How 'Moby-Dick' helped Matt Kish reignite his passion for illustration

    How 'Moby-Dick' helped Matt Kish reignite his passion for illustration
    A couple of years ago, about the time Matt Kish turned 40, he decided his hobby was becoming laborious and unrewarding. By day he drove from his home in Columbus, Ohio, to Dayton, where he worked in a library, his title, "audio-video materials selection...