| Dec 10, 2012
| 12:48 PM
Today is the 182nd anniversary of Emily Dickinson's birth. Happy birthday, Emily Dickinson!
Dickinson may now be one of the most recognized names in poetry, but in her day, she kept much to herself. Her work was not widely known until after her death --...
| Dec 10, 2012
| 4:57 PM
When writers Christina Lynch and Meg Howrey decided to collaborate on the new novel "City of Dark Magic," they chose a pseudonym as fantastical as the novel itself: Magnus Flyte.
Howrey is a novelist whose two previous books have veered closer to...
| Dec 10, 2012
| 3:29 PM
With Peter Jackson's film "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" coming to screens this week, the novels of J.R.R. Tolkien are at the top of the mind. And the top of the menu, if you happen to be sitting at America's chain diner, Denny's.
| 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...
| Nov 10, 2012
| 9:50 AM
Next week promises to be a big one for fans of the Rolling Stones, with a new three-CD anthology due out Tuesday and a career-overview documentary set to premiere Thursday night on HBO.
Now listeners can get a deeper (and perhaps less authorized) look at...
| Nov 5, 2012
| 8:40 AM
Learn about poet Emily Dickinson at the Mattatuck Museum this week. The museum presents a program titled "The Eccentric Poet of Amherst: Reclusive Genius, Emily Dickinson," led by Phil Benevenuto, the former Chair of the English Department at Crosby...
| Aug 28, 2012
| 5:57 PM
Gina, I meant to ask you about something important last year, but the note got lost on my desk, under the pile of chicken wings and Saturday Evening Posts.
Office Depot conducted a survey of office workers last year, asking about what...
| 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...
| Oct 14, 2010
| 9:19 AM
"Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family's Feuds"
By Lyndall Gordon Viking, 472 pages, $28
Even though fewer than a dozen of Emily Dickinson’s 1,789 poems were published in her lifetime, her family and friends in Amherst,...
| 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...
| Jul 4, 2012
Foodies tend to move like flocks of birds, swarming a chic eatery, and then — swoop — off to the next. One of their newer perches in Los Angeles is in a part of town that hasn't had much of the food spotlight. Post & Beam opened on New Year'...
| Oct 3, 2010
Poems and Prose Poems
Beacon Press: 96 pp., $23
"What can I say that I have not said before?" the poet Mary Oliver wonders on page 1 of this, her 20th collection. "So I'll say it again./The leaf has a song in it." She is a little...