| Nov 16, 2011
| 4:23 PM
When folk singer Suzanne Vega first heard her biggest hit, “Luka,” on the radio nearly 25 years ago, she says it surprised even her. “I have to say, the first time I heard it on radio, it just kind of......
| Nov 19, 2011
| 4:23 PM
At her best, folk-pop singer Suzanne Vega is a female Bob Dylan, crafting lyrics that tell stories both sweepingly universal and starkly detailed at the same time, and wrapping them in melodies that pierce the soul. Vega was at her......
| May 18, 2012
| 11:25 AM
Earlier this year, when Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed a 100-book required reading list for his compatriots, it provoked anxiety, rekindling memories of Soviet-era censorship. The furor underscored an important point: that literature plays a...
| Dec 6, 2011
| 11:48 AM
"All well-regulated families set apart an hour every morning for tea and bread and butter."
Times have sure changed since the 17th century when Joseph Addison penned those words. A "well-regulated" family may be many things to many people and...
| Mar 7, 2012
| 9:54 AM
You're probably familiar with Dan Savage because you—or, OK, "a friend"—has taken advice from his humorous, nationally syndicated sex advice column, "Savage Love." Or perhaps you know Savage from his work as the co-founder of It Gets Better, a...
| Mar 14, 2012
| 12:25 PM
Have you made it down to Long Wharf Theatre to see February House yet? If not, the show runs until Sun., March 18, so you've still got a few chances left. February House is a musical about several artists living together in a house in 1940s Brooklyn...
| Mar 15, 2012
| 5:55 AM
So many actors say they knew from an early age that they belonged onstage. But Amanda Peet actually hurled herself onto one -- while a production was in progress -- when she was 3.
"Luckily it was a children's play," says Peet, who stars in NBC's "Bent,"...
| Mar 26, 2012
| 4:58 PM
You're probably familiar with Dan Savage because you— or, OK, "a friend"— has taken advice from his humorous, nationally syndicated sex advice column, "Savage Love." Or perhaps you know Savage from his work as the co-founder of It Gets Better,...
| Apr 11, 2012
| 5:00 AM
A Spring Theater preview? But doesn't the regular theater season end in May?
For some of the state's half-dozen major regional theaters, that's true. Others, which follow a spring-to-winter schedule instead of the academic-year calendar preferred in...
| Jul 5, 2008
Reading "The Selected Essays of Gore Vidal" is like watching a cobra devour forest vermin. Even if you don't have much feeling for the prey, you may pause at the thought of what might happen if the monster turned its attention on you.
Not that Vidal...
| Oct 6, 2009
| 12:57 PM
Of the many hats worn by icon Anne Frank—ingénue, prophet, precocious innocent, even an actual lampshade, in one ill-advised incarnation—the most obvious is the least examined: writer. But in Anne Frank, author and lifetime fan Francine...
| Feb 15, 2009
A Jury of Her Peers
American Women Writers
From Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx
Alfred A. Knopf: 608 pp., $30
The title of this, the "first literary history of American women writers ever written," explains Elaine Showalter, comes...