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Peabody Award Recipient Alex Gibney attends the 74th Annual Peabody Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on Sunday, May 31, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Filmmaker Alex Gibney on Steve Jobs, storyteller

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Alex Gibney is arguably the hardest-working man in documentaries. Ten years after his Oscar-nominated breakout, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, and eight years after his Oscar-winning Taxi to the Dark Side, the 61-year-old filmmaker continues to crank out one hard-hitting documentary after another. In the past five years alone, he has made films about disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, former New York governor Elliot Spitzer, Beat writer Ken Kesey, WikiLeaks whistleblower Julian Assange, cyclist Lance Armstrong, musician Fela Kuti and Scientology. Gibney’s latest film, Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, takes a look at the complex, contradictory co-founder of Apple, who already has …

New Hampshire town celebrates notable ‘65 UFO sighting

Friday, September 4, 2015

They say a lightning strike started a fire in the Exeter town hall that caused the cancellation of a UFO festival the first year it was hosted by the local Kiwanis Club. That’s what they say anyway. (Cue the eerie music and get Steven Spielberg on the line right away.) Fifty years ago, …

Generations of fairgoers look forward to another year of the Hopkinton State Fair

Friday, September 4, 2015

Guinness the Holstein yearling stood calmly in dairy farmer Tom Marston’s barn for her pre-Hopkinton State Fair beautification treatment. The cow had resisted being brought into the barn at first, but settled in Wednesday afternoon as Marston’s son Ben and Ben’s girlfriend, Brittany Spaulding, slowly and carefully ran clippers through her black fur. …

Novelist imagines the life of Pissarro’s mother

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Midway through Alice Hoffman’s latest novel, the mother of the great impressionist painter Camille Pissarro takes her 2-week-old son into the forest to find a medicine man she hopes can cure him of the malady that has kept …

The fight over proper usage

Saturday, August 29, 2015

How you say something matters as much as what you say. At least that’s the opinion of many grammarians, who have been quibbling about Americans’ use of language for as long as there has been an American language …

Hummingbird rehabber saves numerous birds

Saturday, August 29, 2015

You don’t have to be a bird person in general or a hummingbird person specifically to read Fastest Things on Wings. You don’t need to know anything about birds at all. The very gifted bird whisperer Terry Masear …

An early attempt to bring the West to Japan

Saturday, August 29, 2015

As most of us can attest, being a teenager is hard enough. Now imagine being a Japanese teenager in America – in the 1870s. If your imagination needs a little help, look no further than Janice P. Nimura’s …

‘Circling the Sun’ doesn’t offer a truer sense of Markham

Saturday, August 29, 2015

As a young person, I searched for books about Africa. Black African writers were in short supply back then, but Rudyard Kip­ling, Graham Greene, Ernest Hemingway and Joseph Conrad were readily available. They delivered a world of danger, …

‘Safari’ memoir from founder of Abercrombie & Kent

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Geoffrey Kent, founder of the Abercrombie & Kent luxury tour company, grew up in colonial Africa and hunted an elephant at age 15 in 1957. After killing “the most beauteous and magnificent beast” he’d ever seen, he vows, …

poland: Controversial, iconic rainbow taken down

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Warsaw’s iconic and controversial rainbow art, once installed by an old cloister and then a symbol of Poland’s leadership in the European Union and of tolerance for sexual minorities, has been taken down. Dozens of people watched Wednesday …

Do This: Celebrate Maxine Kumin and opera this weekend

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The life of Maxine Kumin, beloved New Hampshire icon and a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, will be honored at Gibson’s Bookstore today. Suzy Colt, Kumin’s long-time personal assistant and friend, will present a slideshow presentation of Maxine’s life, and …

Muster Field Farm gears up for busiest weekend of the year

Thursday, August 27, 2015

If you’ve never been to Muster Field Farm Museum in North Sutton, this might be a good weekend to check it out. Saturday and Sunday just so happen to be when Muster Field has its busiest two days …

Review: ‘No Escape’ is taut but deeply troubled

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Not since Saigon in the 1970s has an American operation in Southeast Asia been as ill-conceived as No Escape, a taut, well-made and entirely dubious thriller. Where does No Escape take place? It’s about a Texas family that …