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Do, See, Taste

The Insiders: Meet the library’s new telescope and finally learn what you’ve been looking at

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Have you ever just stood outside, staring at the night sky and wondering what you’re looking at? Well join the club because all of those groupings of stars sure do look a lot alike – that is unless someone who knows what they’re talking about carefully points the constellations out to you, such as the members of the New Hampshire …

'6X6' show challenges dozens of artists to contain visions in a small, square space

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

When artists from across the country decided to donate a “little” something to the North Country Studio Workshops, no one anticipated how big that gesture …

Shatner, ‘Trek’ director to meet about new film

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Star Trek may be the next frontier for William Shatner – again. Shatner, who played the original James T. Kirk, says he’s meeting soon with …

2 young marrieds make NBC’s new sitcom ‘Marry Me’

Monday, October 13, 2014

After dating Jake for six long years, Annie figured he would pop the question during their romantic island getaway. He didn’t, and when they return home, Annie throws a comic hissy-fit fit over her ringless state – at …

New documentary is witness to Snowden NSA leak

Monday, October 13, 2014

With an uncommon view of history in action, a new documentary captures Edward Snowden’s leak of NSA documents as it unfolded in a Hong Kong hotel room. Laura Poitras’s highly anticipated documentary Citizenfour premiered Friday night at the …

Author delivers ‘Star Wars’ tour de force

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Chris Taylor, deputy editor of the social media website Mashable, lets his geekdom shine with How Star Wars Conquered the Universe: The Past, Present, and Future of a Multibillion Dollar Franchise. Taylor tries to accomplish several things: He …

‘This Changes Everything’ tackles global warming

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Cutting the vast amounts of man-made pollution that feed global warming is an enormous challenge for societies that gobble up coal, oil and gas. But in This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, Naomi Klein argues that those …

Review: New feast of stories in Theroux collection

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The title piece of Paul Theroux’s new short story collection, Mr. Bones: Twenty Stories, is a son’s account of the conflicted time in the early 1950s when his father began practicing for the role of a black man …

‘Recognition’ of the problems with memory, homelessness

Sunday, October 12, 2014

A bedraggled figure begging for money at a busy intersection – it’s a familiar sight, and in this case, the intersection happens to be in the Washington, D.C., area. Some panhandlers are patiently silent, some are hostile, but …

The literary ghosts of ‘Neverhome’ haunt its pages

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Ghosts crowd thick in Laird Hunt’s Civil War novel, Neverhome, and they’re not just the shades of dead Blues and Grays. A host of literary allusions haunt this book, from Cold Mountain to The Red Badge of Courage …

The Mindful Reader: ‘Lightkeeper’s Wife’ strays from the ordinary

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Cape Cod author Sarah Anne Johnson’s debut novel The Lightkeeper’s Wife begins as an ordinary work of historical fiction. In 1843, Hannah Snow is the lighthouse keeper’s wife on a treacherous stretch of coast. There’s a wreck one …

Sumac is a lovely addition to the fall landscape

Sunday, October 12, 2014

This year’s foliage season is shaping up to be a gorgeous one. Red maples in the swamps started the parade of color and the yellows of the birches and orange sugar maples are lining up to add their …

Come sail away in a powerchute

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The enormous fanlike propeller behind the passenger whirs, then begins to howl as the pilot hits the accelerator. The wheels bump along the gravelly desert and a small jolt tugs on the safety belts as the chute billows …