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Do, See, Taste

Growing possibilities

Sunday, September 21, 2014

For years I have had a bad case of pergola envy. (If you are wondering, a pergola is a garden structure that looks like an arbor on steroids.) I would practically drive off the road rubbernecking back yards if a pergola was present. “What style was it? Is it just a shade structure or are there plants growing on it? … 0

What to do along the Blue Ridge Parkway

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Picture the Blue Ridge Parkway as a crooked spine running through the Appalachian Mountains. Government stewardship of public lands is splashed across the map in … 0

‘Golem of Hollywood’ disappoints

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The first collaboration by father-and-son Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman – The Golem of Hollywood – tries to showcase the best that each author brings to … 0

Miss New York chosen as Miss America 2015

Monday, September 15, 2014

Miss New York Kira Kazantsev was named the new Miss America Sunday night, marking the third year in a row that a contestant from her state has walked away with the crown in the nationally televised pageant. Kazantsev … 0

Review: Streisand’s timeless ‘Partners’ soars

Monday, September 15, 2014

Barbra Streisand’s Partners isn’t just about star-powered duets, but partnerships of love and family. It’s a love album for the ages, as fit for your anniversary as your parents’ or your child’s wedding. It could have been called “Timeless,” but Babs already used that title in 2000. Streisand … 0

Granite State Comicon draws thousands to “pop culture explosion”

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Inside a Manchester hotel yesterday morning, a 20-something Batman held hands with Wonder Woman while chatting with his nemesis, The Riddler. This is what you see at the 11th installment of the Granite State Comicon, a celebration of … 0

‘No Good Deed’ defeats ‘Guardians’ at theaters

Sunday, September 14, 2014

It took a murderous Idris Elba and a pair of dolphin buddies to defeat Guardians of the Galaxy at movie theaters. The Sony thriller No Good Deed, which stars Elba as an escaped convict and Taraji P. Henson … 0

’LOVE’ artist Indiana doesn’t show at celebration

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Reclusive artist Robert Indiana was expected to make an appearance outside his Maine island residence Saturday to take part in a celebration of his art around the world on his 86th birthday, but he didn’t emerge from his … 0

Miranda Corbie confronts her own ‘City of Ghosts’

Sunday, September 14, 2014

A love of San Francisco – its flaws, strengths and eccentricities – permeates Kelli Stanley’s intriguing novels about private detective Miranda Corbie. Stanley’s novels capture San Francisco – and the United States – in the years just before … 0

‘Politics is a Joke!’ highlights importance of late-night TV for candidates

Sunday, September 14, 2014

In September 2008, as the economy was imploding, John McCain suspended his campaign for the presidency and canceled a guest spot on David Letterman’s late-night TV show. “I’m more than a little disappointed by this behavior,” fumed the … 1

Cukes are cool

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The gardens this year have been glorious. In the vegetable garden, the crops have been abundant despite the wet summer. Golden pumpkins now emerge from beneath their giant leaves, basking in the mellow afternoon sun waiting to be … 0

On My Nightstand: ‘Pliney Fiske’

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Pliney Fiske, a young Concord man, stayed home to care for his ailing father, the local druggist. But now that the Civil War is over, those returning soldiers resent his nonparticipation and nickname him “Mama Fiske,” insinuating he … 1

The haunting of failures past

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Make no mistake. Empire of Mud, J.D. Dickey’s history of early Washington, is a bracing and graceful read, but upon finishing its calamity-laden pages, you may conclude that a lot of people had a lot of years to … 0