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A poem by Charles Simic: The Secret

Sunday, October 4, 2015

On Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Concord City Auditorium, Charles Simic will receive the 2015 Donald Hall and Jane Kenyon Award in American Poetry and give a reading of his poems. Tickets are $10 ($5 for students) and are available at Gibson’s Bookstore, the Concord Monitor front desk and To prepare for the event, the Monitor is running a series of three Sunday poems by Simic with commentary …

Elvis phones, candlestick phones – phones powered by acid – at one of New Hampshire’s best small museums

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Mourning old technology might be a fool’s game, but I defy anybody to try out a dial phone at one of the state’s most delightful museums and not feel at least a slight pang of loss. Go ahead, spin the dial on one of the solid, heavy 1960s AT&T phones on display at …

A reflection on race in America

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Susan Sontag once observed, “Great writers are either husbands or lovers. Some writers supply the solid virtues of a husband [while others have] gifts of a lover, gifts of temperament rather than of moral goodness.” She was writing about Albert Camus, “the ideal husband,” but she also mentions in passing George Orwell and …

Colorful agent Sue Mengers on center stage in Hollywood bio ‘Can I Go Now?’

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Movies that were brash and downbeat, mature and ambitious, even nasty and vulgar marked the new Hollywood of the late 1960s. Matching them in temperament was a new kind of talent agent, and Sue Mengers may have been …

Mindy Kaling charms her fans in ‘Why Not Me?’

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Mindy Kaling may be gearing up for the fourth season of her TV show, The Mindy Project, but that didn’t deter her from writing another wildly entertaining and completely relatable book, Why Not Me? Her first memoir, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), spent time …

‘Fear and Clothing’ unbuckles U.S. fashion 1 belt at a time

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Author Cintra Wilson takes a studious peek under the veil (or pinstriped suit, as it were) to expose the implications beneath the clothes we wear in Fear and Clothing. While traveling across mountains, cornfields, shorelines and cities, Wilson …

Game of Thrones’s ‘The Mountain’ pumped up for Highland Games in Lincoln

Friday, September 18, 2015

If it’s men in kilts you’re seeking, look no further than Lincoln. This weekend marks the 40th anniversary of the New Hampshire Highland Games and Festival, a weekend celebrating Scottish heritage with traditional dancing, music and athletics. At …

You may not recognize Lisa Lampanelli anymore, but her comedy is unmistakable

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Faithful fans of comedienne Lisa Lampanelli, long dubbed the “Queen of Mean,” have seen the prolific performer go through many changes in the last few years. She divorced her husband of four years, and she lost more than …

Exercise, it does a creative body good

Thursday, September 17, 2015

We could all use a little exercise in our lives. Sure, those nightly walks to get ice cream technically count as physical activity, but you know that’s not really doing a whole lot for that New Year’s resolution …

Review: Chilling Depp, expert ensemble in ‘Black Mass’

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Shakespeare had his tortured Hamlet, his ambitious Macbeth, his malevolent Iago, his warring Montagues and Capulets. But what would the Bard have done with the tale of James “Whitey” Bulger, and all the supporting players around him? There …

‘Everest’ actors had to discover their inner mountaineers

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Jason Clarke was already an avid outdoorsman when he signed on to play the lead role in Everest. He’d visited most of the national parks in North America and trekked through Chile and Argentina. He knew his way …

N.H. Arts Council aims to help seniors age creatively

Sunday, September 13, 2015

The New Hampshire Arts Council will be sponsoring workshops for teaching artists interested in working with older adults this fall as part of an initiative to engage New Hampshire residents in and around retirement age in the arts. …

Should kids make their beds?

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Making a bed seems simple enough. An easy chore that kids should be doing as unquestioningly as brushing their teeth. Lots of parents know otherwise. But before you nag your youngster or teen again about whether they’ve made …