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Readers say the darndest things

Bookstore culture from the inside
Bookstores — those endangered spaces perpetually under threat from market forces and the relentless march of technology — trade on charm.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  September 14, 2012


Worthy pastimes for highbrow youngsters

Existentialism for tots
Hey, nerdy smart kids!   This October, a publisher called Bloomsbury will put out a special activity book just for you!
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  August 15, 2012


How one man unites old folks, babies, and hipsters through the power of easy listening

The last auteur of terrestrial radio
Bob Bittner, the last auteur of terrestrial radio, presides over an 11-by-11-foot room in a Cambridge storage facility near Fresh Pond Mall.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  August 01, 2012


Lehane's talent show

Into the Mystic
"The pejorative ghettoization of mystery writing has become pretty laughable," says Dennis Lehane. "It's just not working."
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  August 01, 2012


Attack of the Hipster Conservatives

They want limited government and fixed-gear bicycles — and your best friend might be one of them
Arthur Brietman thinks of it as the "Oh no" moment.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  July 23, 2012


Conservatives to watch out for

Last summer, lefty comedian Michael Ian Black and conservative pundit Meghan McCain took a cross-country road trip together so they could write a book about it.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  July 18, 2012


The self-published come to BEA

On writers row
Kenneth Brown stood in a remote corner of Manhattan's Javits Center floor.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  July 03, 2012


The dead end of DIY publishing

Self-published novelists – the Rodney Dangerfields of the book world — are finally getting some respect. But are they better off?
It all started with Still Alice .
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  July 03, 2012


John Brandon adapts to his surroundings

A Million Heavens (McSweeney's), John Brandon's surreal and humane third novel, follows a group of misfit searchers in a New Mexico desert town.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  July 02, 2012


Got something to say about your favorite album? 33 1/3 just might print it

Liner notes
David Barker does not know exactly how many proposals he has read since he started 331/3, the esteemed series of small, somewhat flimsy, uniformly sized books about records. He doesn't know how he wants to commemorate its 10-year anniversary next spring.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  June 21, 2012


Stars of the Western (Mass) Hemisphere

Glamorous Western Mass is home to a surprising number of minor celebrities, living and dead
No matter how many Wahlburgers Mark and Co. open, Boston can sometimes feel a little devoid of A-listers. But who needs Hollyweird? Drive just a couple hours west, and suddenly you're surrounded by famous people and the ghosts of dead famous people.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  June 06, 2012


Jonathan Lethem braves Talking Heads’ Fear of Music

Fear factor
In every single rock documentary on the BBC, there comes a certain moment.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  June 01, 2012

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Queering the party with the DJs of Nu Life

Beyond Gay Night
Growing up gay on Long Island, Brian Friedberg went out dancing almost every night: at all-ages clubs, raves, dancehall nights, gay hip-hop nights, gay clubs, straight clubs, and late-night joints. But he couldn't find the party he was looking for.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  May 25, 2012


Chinatown Hypnosis Case Bull, Says Renowned Mentalist

Not so amazing
Not so amazing
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  May 16, 2012


Lizzie Stark explores the worlds of live-action storytelling

The Art of LARP
For the uninitiated, the word "LARP" conjures burly beardos hitting each other with foam swords in the woods and corseted women in capes flouncing around hotel ballrooms, all for entirely inexplicable reasons.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  May 14, 2012


Save a car, ride a pedicab

The Pedi Cure
Before this assignment, I had never even considered riding in pedicab, even though I work in the pedicab mecca of Kenmore Square. I always thought there was something extremely icky about making someone sweat while I sit there like a pasha.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  May 09, 2012


Stupid Bike Poetry

A celebration of ostentatious bikes, in verse
Some people are just too goddamn special to ride a two-wheeler.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  May 09, 2012


A year in Westeros

Two Allston roommates make the nerdiest cookbook ever
"There's a pig head in the pot," Sariann Lehrer says, almost apologetically.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  May 02, 2012


Rich Juzwiak, the superman of supercuts, waxes philosophical about his métier

He’s not there to make friends
I'm not here to make friends. This pithy phrase tidily encapsulates all the bluster, the stiltedness, the underwhelming drama and overinflated breasts of reality TV.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  May 04, 2012


The ’90s auteur is back with Damsels in Distress, and he wants you in his club

Me and Whit Stillman down by the schoolyard
I attended a Catholic prep school in the early '90s filled with the scions of physicians and food czars.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  April 20, 2012
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