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Do, See, Taste

Getting retribution over childhood bullies

Sunday, March 29, 2015

What becomes of bullies when they grow up? Do they evolve into decent, kind human beings, or does their capacity for malice grow along with their bodies? Allen Kurzweil explores this issue – and much more – in Whipping Boy, a compulsive account of his search for the childhood tormentor who made his life miserable during the year he spent …

Running group has built camaraderie, pressed through the brutal winter months

Sunday, March 29, 2015

There are runners who log hundreds of road miles from April through November and then move indoors, to sweat out the cold remaining months on …

Big data

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Even if we aren’t certain what to make of big data, we all know that it’s, well, big. The phrase is suddenly everywhere, tripping off …

‘In Manchuria’ doesn’t live up to its promises

Sunday, March 29, 2015

The title of this book was so promising. An American writer who speaks Chinese settled in a rural village in a region that’s often overlooked by the parade of books about modern China. Here was someone exploring the …

Harlan Coben delivers with ‘The Stranger’

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Harlan Coben rolls out compelling tales set in suburbia where secrets buried underneath the facade of a happy life threaten to destroy families and neighborhoods. Rarely can an author grab a reader from the first sentence, but Coben …

Heartrending and warm

Sunday, March 29, 2015

When Scott Simon began tweeting pain, love and conversation from his mother’s deathbed in an intensive-care unit in July 2013, he turned personal grief into collective emotion. Sharing painful moments and insights – “I just realized: she once …

Misfits weave through others’ lives

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Assemble a group of wildly different characters – young and old, rich and poor, black and white, gay and straight. Throw them together – on an L.A. highway (Crash), in a steamy Southern city (Nashville), or in Times …

Is the internet giving us ADHD?

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Tell me if this scenario sounds familiar: You get into work. You’re feeling productive. You’ve powered through approximately three emails/order forms/whatever qualifies as progress in your particular industry when – BAM – your best friend signs onto Gchat and sends you a video of a dachshund puppy getting …

The newest fitness trend: Mixing it up

Sunday, March 29, 2015

The latest workout crazes promise to stimulate your brain and your muscles in new ways with barre plies in the air (think aerial ballet), dance cardio (think a night out) or a killer routine modeled after a popular …

Don’t just eat that ramen: Go to a museum and learn about it

Sunday, March 29, 2015

There are two kinds of ramen in this world. There’s the packaged staple of dorm-room cuisine, one of the most processed, industrialized foods ever invented. And then there’s the trendy, artisanal, handmade soup that fans line up for …

Concord 250 Watch: Learn about the library

Saturday, March 28, 2015

On Thursday at 6 p.m., Concord Public Library will host the next edition of Concord Chats. This roving history series is always free, family-friendly, and open to the public. Attendees at “There and Back Again: History of Concord …

PHOTOS: SouperFest 2015

Saturday, March 28, 2015

SouperFest, a community event to benefit the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness, took place at Rundlett Middle School in Concord yesterday. Families enjoyed carnival games, bouncy houses, live music and, of course, soup. Over fifteen different soups were …

The Insiders: Didjeridoo - there, we said it. Now go listen to it

Saturday, March 28, 2015

We could write all kinds of words about today’s Tom Chapin appearance at the Capitol Center for the Arts, but how about just one? Didjeridoo. What’s that? We’re not entirely sure, but we think it’s a funky musical instrument that hopefully makes noises that are as fun to …