Twice Roosevelt: Eldest grandchild of Franklin and Eleanor writes about the pitfalls of privilege

April 19, 2010

John Stephen Dwyer interviews Curtis Roosevelt, grandson of Franklin and Eleanor on his memoir “Too Close to the Sun.”


Wolff at the Door: A Foray into the Boston Athenæum

March 6, 2010

John Stephen Dwyer reviews Katherine Wolff’s new history of the Boston Athenæum.


Elevator Repair Service Reads “Gatsby” Part 2

January 27, 2010

A late follow-up to my earlier post on the play. Elevator Repair Service’s Gatz continues at the ART through February 7th (tickets $20-75 per part), though it’s clearly not as successful as Sleep No More, which is impossible to get tickets to any more unless (I hear) you make a nice little membership donation, or […]


Going down at the Boston Athenæum…

January 23, 2010

You don’t have to be a member of the Boston Athenæum to enjoy some of its offerings. “Poetry at Noon” presents thirty-minute lunch-hour poetry readings on the first Wednesday of the month freely to the public. February 3rd, Sam Cornish Samuel James Cornish grew up in Baltimore, but has lived in Boston for much of […]


Elevator Repair Service Reads “Gatsby” Part 1

January 14, 2010

Elevator Repair Service‘s Gatz (@ the American Rep through Feb. 7) at six hours (not counting the breaks and intermissions) is marathon theater. Even if you do all ten hours of the Boston Theater Marathon, this is something entirely different. It takes the patience of an ardent reader, or at least someone set on getting […]


A Bevy of Bartering Bibliophiles: The Boston Book Fair

November 10, 2009

Despite the severe changes the Internet has made in the rare books business (levelling out prices, eliminating all the manual effort from the hunt for that evasive volume, etc.), the 33rd annual Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair occurs this weekend, Nov. 13-15 at the Hynes Convention Center. The fair draws 120 rare book dealers from […]


Six Norton Lectures by Orhan Pamuk

September 26, 2009

Orhan Pamuk, Nobel laureate and critically acclaimed novelist, gave the first of a series of six lectures this past Tuesday to a densely packed crowd at Harvard’s Sanders Theater. The Norton lectures were first endowed in 1925 as a yearly lectureship pertaining to poetry, in the broadest sense of the word. Past lectures have been […]