| Jan 28, 2013
| 8:55 PM
During his nearly 40 years as a columnist for this newspaper, my late father occasionally tweaked his readers — quite disingenuously — by belittling his cat, knowing the slur would stir invective so passionate and erudite that he could fill...
| Mar 5, 2013
| 4:25 PM
Murder, perfectionism, family stress and sometimes— in the midst of it all — triumph over struggles, are what Venus Theatre's productions are made of for the upcoming 2013 season.
After going through mounds of scripts, Venus Theatre founder...
| Mar 19, 2011
| 11:45 PM
Next month will mark the 150th anniversary of the bombardment of Ft. Sumter in Charleston harbor, the opening salvo of the Civil War (1861-1865). Commemorative efforts are underway in many parts of the country. States have formed sesquicentennial...
| Mar 20, 2011
The Red Garden
Crown: 275 pp., $25
"The Red Garden" is a fantastical history of Blackwell, Mass., from 1750 to the present, replete with intermarried families, melancholic bears and altruistic mermaids. If you have trouble with...
| Apr 15, 2011
| 9:10 PM
Question: I'm divorced and never remarried. My parents are deceased and my two children are grown. I recently relocated and am trying to make connections, but that's much harder to do later in life. I'm lonely and have even started thinking this will be...
| May 22, 2011
The FSG Book of Twentieth-Century Latin American Poetry
Edited by Ilan Stavans
Farrar, Straus & Giroux: 729 pp., $50
Here's the answer to a hypothetical "Jeopardy" query: "Who are Pablo Neruda and, um…?"
And now, the question:...
| May 22, 2011
Here at Book Review, we know what looked good to us on the summer bookshelves, but we couldn't help but wonder what some of our favorite authors were looking forward to tossing in their travel bag or bringing out to the backyard or the beach for one of...
| Jun 1, 2011
| 2:26 PM
While reading a book on contemporary physics some time ago, I realized that attempting to comprehend it was like trying to floss the teeth of a flea.
With broken fingers.
I managed to finish the book, but the...
| Apr 15, 2012
| 7:59 AM
In her end-of-season program note, Bay Theatre Company co-founder and artistic director Janet Luby refers to "the astonishing success of Bay Theatre's 2011-2012 season," and promised that this season's final production would do justice to the preceding...
| Jan 2, 2012
| 10:20 AM
Coach Mark Turgeon said today that Maryland’s season essentially began anew once point guard Pe’Shon Howard and center Alex Len became available. The duo has played together for two games now.
“Albany (on Dec. 28) was really the first...
| Jan 17, 2012
| 3:26 PM
The two twin lunar orbiters recently launched by NASA will no longer be known as Grail A and B. A fourth-grade class in Bozeman, Mont., has renamed the probes Ebb and Flow.
The class beat out more than 11,000 students from across the nation who submitted...