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At the Harvard Museum of Natural History, taxidermy takes on a new life

Dead in tooth and claw
The fisher perches in his case, between a black bear and a porcupine. His spine is permanently kinked in an S-curve, his tail cocked, his body no bigger than two paper-towel tubes soldered end-to-end.
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  May 12, 2011

adrian list

Chris Adrian's tragic enchantments

Magic night
Chris Adrian's novels puff you full of delight, then rip your heart out. Adrian's a sadist, maybe. Or maybe he's got the biggest heart of any living writer, so big that it can hold the sweetest thoughts alongside shame and also death — real death, in all its devastation and splendor.
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  May 10, 2011

cool bikes in boston

Does the bike of your dreams offer more than just a shiny frame?

Pretty bikes
We found seven of the sweetest-looking city bikes under $1000. Are they any good? We sat down with a local bike guru (who wished to be identified only as the Phantom Mechanic) to get his expert views.  
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  May 10, 2011

Jodie Foster interview about Mel Gibson and the movie The Beaver

Jodie Foster sticks up for Mel

A friend in need
This week sees the premiere of The Beaver, Jodie Foster's third directorial effort and Mel Gibson's first role since we were all apprised of his peculiar phone demeanor. I spoke with Foster about the film at the Ritz Carlton.
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  May 09, 2011


On the good ship Juggalo

Dark Carnival Cruise Lines
I spent the wee hours of Saturday morning bobbing along the East River with the Insane Clown Posse. Check out the photos here .
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  May 09, 2011

beaver list

Review: The Beaver

Foster, Gibson leave it to The Beaver
In January, Summit Entertainment released the trailer for the Jodie Foster film The Beaver, in which Mel Gibson finds a raggedy beaver puppet in a dumpster, begins speaking through it, and reconnects with his wife, Jodie Foster.
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  May 09, 2011


Oh, the Humanities

6,574,357 hours of scholarship
The data contained within the following illustration represents the most common words found in the titles of more than 150 doctoral theses in the humanities and social sciences published in 2010.
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  April 27, 2011


Rollin' with Oates

The man behind the mustache
"The secret of a handclap is to only move one hand," John Oates said Friday, addressing a group of Berklee students. "If everyone is moving their hands, they'll never do it together."
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  April 20, 2011


Does this book make me look smart?

Somervillian mocks the cult of David Foster Wallace with Tumblr-tastic 'People Holding Infinite Jest'
The first and only complete passage of Infinite Jest Chris Braiotta ever read was tattooed on somebody's calf.
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  April 13, 2011


An old monster re-awakens

 Fallout Boys
Until a few weeks ago, Godzilla was a time capsule of nuclear dread and handmade special effects. But with parts of Tokyo in ruins, over 12,000 Japanese dead, and radiation spreading, the film is more relevant than ever.  
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  April 15, 2011

marizpan from mike's pastry

Fucking food trends: how do they work?

Mission to marzipan
What is it about food trends that so captivates our attention? Is it the hand of the market or the will of the people? Can any food achieve the ubiquity of the cupcake, or bacon's Olympian heights?
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  March 31, 2011


Using art to transform the Harvard Museum of Natural History — for one night

Animal house
While visiting Berlin's Museum Für Naturkunde, Boston architect Lisa Haber-Thomson felt a pang for a simpler era.
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  March 30, 2011

hair in boston directed by diane paulus

A buff Hair hits the Colonial

Aging Aquarian
At the close of the second act of last Thursday's performance of Hair , as the cast disrobed, an audience member began yelling loud enough to be heard over the mawkish ensemble number, "Where Do I Go."
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  March 30, 2011


Authors talking: Spring readings in Boston

By ear
America’s best young novelist, Britain’s most popular mystery writer, a bearded indie rocker, and a dead master populate this spring’s mandatory literary events.
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  March 17, 2011

James Reid-Cunningham

Book Squad 911

When your library's underwater, who you gonna call?
On January 24, around three in the afternoon, a sprinkler pipe broke in the ceiling of the first floor of the Boston Athenaeum.  
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  March 16, 2011

Michele Bachman

Bachmann overdrive

Turn off the dark
Standing in the parking lot moments before the Michele Bachmann fundraising brunch on Saturday, my guts seized up as miasmatic gusts shot from the revolving doors of the Nashua Courtyard Marriott. A sepulchral mist of Lovecraftian horror seemed to rise from the hotel.
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  March 16, 2011


Grace Zabriskie on Big Love and marriage

Lynch's lady
Through the course of 80 films and countless television guest spots, actress Grace Zabriskie has worked with directors as varied as David Lynch, Werner Herzog, and Michael Bay.
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  March 16, 2011

Charlie Sheen

Charlie Sheen's 24/7 reality show

Good times, Charlie!
In about a month, Sheen has completed the Monkees' career trajectory, from twitchy industry puppet to radiant drug zealot to self-indulgent bore. Two weeks ago, after tolerating years of open rebellion, creator/producer Chuck Lorre fired Sheen from Two and a Half Men.
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  March 09, 2011

Téa Obreht author of The Tiger's Wife

Téa Obreht 'remembers' the old country

Foreign affairs
For Obreht to set her first novel in a country she hasn’t lived in since the age of 12 shows considerable ambition.
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  March 09, 2011

Carrie Brownstein and Wild Flag

Carrie Brownstein waves the Wild Flag

Clean slate
Last December, the Portland Mercury announced that Wild Flag would play the Bunk Bar. Carrie Brownstein -- Wild Flag singer and guitarist, Sleater-Kinney alum, and star of the IFC sit-com Portlandia -- saw the write-up online.
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  March 02, 2011
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