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Do, See, Taste

New England raking in millions from leaf peepers

Sunday, October 19, 2014

On Mount Monadnock, hikers file up the 3,165-foot peak in lockstep, protected from drizzling rain by a luminous golden canopy of leaves. They’re not just gazing at foliage – they’re looking at cold, hard cash. Money really does grow on trees in autumn in New England, and all six states are raking it in. Officials say tourists will spend upward …

‘Fury’ blasts ‘Gone Girl’ from top of box office

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The bloody World War II drama Fury blew past Gone Girl at theaters this weekend. Gone Girl was tops at the box office for two …

Review: ‘The Lost Key’ is compelling thriller

Sunday, October 19, 2014

A sub that disappeared near the end of World War I plays a key role in a modern-day murder in Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison’s …

w: The sources of our political distempers

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Why have millions of Americans turned their backs on civic affairs, trashed elected officials and come to distrust the federal government? What are the sources of our political distempers? Such questions occupy the center of Jonathan Darman’s Landslide: …

‘Build a Girl’ a tale of survival

Sunday, October 19, 2014

In the author’s note to her rambunctious novel How to Build a Girl, Caitlin Moran insists that her teenage protagonist, Johanna Morrigan, is not herself, and that her story is fiction. But the plot mirrors Moran’s own unlikely …

Critic and museum director on encounters with art

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Stendhal wrote about feeling faint in the presence of great art. Goethe said that merely knowing that a sculpture he admired could be created made him “twice the person” he was. Proust, in an episode of In Search …

Consider growing a crop of Asian pears

Sunday, October 19, 2014

ive years ago we planted a small orchard of mixed fruit trees – with mixed results. True to their name, the “Reliance” peaches have been outstandingly reliable. Now if we could only beat the raccoons to the ripe …

‘Seven Killings’ a social portrait worthy of Diego Rivera

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Exploding with violence and seething with arousal, the third novel by Marlon James cuts a swath across recent Jamaican history. It leaves its Kingston ghettos strewn with victims, a few of them lovers, all of them spattered with …

After ‘Retronaut’ you’ll never look at the Capitol Dome the same way again

Sunday, October 19, 2014

True or false? The U.S. Capitol was once red. True – at least some of it was, during 1959-1960 – when, as part of a restoration project, anti-corrosive paint coated the portion of the building below the dome. …

Review: Book looks at costs of pork production

Sunday, October 19, 2014

When the recession took hold six years ago and consumers stopped eating high on the hog, the giant meatpacker Hormel Foods began ratcheting up production to meet a surge in demand for Spam, its low-cost processed pork product …

Built-in or portable? Choosing the right generator

Sunday, October 19, 2014

As storms have become more severe in many parts of the country and power outages more frequent, home generators have gone from luxury items to mainstream ones. Prices have come down, thanks to growing demand and cheaper technology. …

Tory Burch book gives look at what inspires her

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Tory Burch’s new book is all about color, a compilation of the influences that inspire her, from people to music to art to culture to travel to home design. “It’s this eclectic mix, and that’s really what our …

The new family portrait? 3D-printed statue selfies

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Walk into Eddie DaRoza’s office and you’ll find two of him there: the actual 32-year-old video producer, and a 5-inch statuette of him. “There are a lot of double takes. It’s like a little action figure of myself,” …