| Mar 7, 2015
| 2:33 PM
This is a transcript of President Obama's remarks as delivered on the 50th anniversary of the "Bloody Sunday' march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma.
Audience: We love you, President Obama!
The President: Well, you know I love you back. ...
| Feb 26, 2015
| 11:30 AM
The show: "Reverberation" at Hartford Stage.
What makes it special?: World premiere of a play by Matthew Lopez who wrote "The Whipping Man" and "Somewhere."
First impressions: Looking at Andromache Chalfant's towering set — a literal slice of...
| Feb 24, 2015
| 12:14 PM
If you’re a digital immigrant as I am, there’s something deeply satisfying about Michael S. Rosenwald’s report in the Washington Post that “millennials still strongly prefer print for pleasure and learning, a bias that surprises...
| Feb 17, 2015
| 10:54 AM
Over the weekend, the National Catholic Reporter reported on a literary award to be administered by America Magazine, in conjunction with Yale University’s St. Thomas More Chapel: the George V. Hunt, SJ Prize for Excellence in Journalism, Arts and...
| Jan 19, 2015
| 12:36 PM
To celebrate the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., we can listen to speeches, join festivities, and, of course, read books. Here are 14 essential reads about the man who led America's civil rights movement. Had he not been assassinated in 1968,...
| Dec 11, 2014
| 2:30 AM
This shattered nation.
"Eric Garner was overweight and in poor health. He was a nuisance to shop owners who complained about him selling untaxed cigarettes on the street. When police came to arrest him, he resisted. And if he could repeatedly say, 'I...
| Dec 18, 2014
| 7:12 AM
In her introduction to "Skylight," Spanish journalist Pilar del Río notes that in 1953, José Saramago sent a manuscript to a publisher, where it languished in a slush pile for 36 years. The publisher, while moving offices, discovered the manuscript,...
| Dec 4, 2014
| 7:02 AM
Who I am
Gabriel Bump from South Shore.
One unique thing about me
I power through books I love. I need to slow down and savor them. But I guess that's what second, third, and fourth reads are for.
"Beyond the Game: The Collected...
| Nov 15, 2014
| 9:00 AM
The photographs of young black men are startling in their contrasts: a slave in chains, a professor in a suit; a body dangling from a lynch mob's rope, a musician with a violin. The images illuminate a nation's racial divide and how African Americans...
| Oct 30, 2014
| 6:34 AM
In 2003, Azar Nafisi dazzled the world with "Reading Lolita in Tehran." It's the Iran-born author's passionate exploration of literature and intellectual freedom told through the story of brave women who secretly read and discussed American novels in...
| Nov 25, 2014
| 5:18 PM
To the editor: The U.S. Supreme Court's much-reviled decision in the matter of Dred Scott (1857) remains the stark reality in America in 2014: Black persons have no rights that a white police officer is required to respect, including the right to life. ("...