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Who should play Doctor Who?

Monday, July 27, 2015

The ninth season of Doctor Who will soon be upon us, and that means the show’s alumni have already started popping up and offering their thoughts on all things TARDIS-related. Seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy thinks the Doctor should absolutely remain a man and a man only. “I’m a feminist and recognize there are still glass ceilings in place for many women, but where would we draw the line? A Mr. …

‘Southpaw,’ ‘Ant-Man’ are box hits

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Ant-Man crept past new opener Pixels to claim the top spot at the box office this weekend by an ant-sized margin. The Disney and Marvel superhero pic brought in $24.8 million over the weekend, bringing its domestic total to $106.1 million according to Rentrak estimates Sunday. Pixels, meanwhile, just barely missed first place …

PHOTOS: Canterbury Fair offers full day of family fun

Sunday, July 26, 2015

The 57th Canterbury Fair was held Saturday. Family-friendly activities were held throughout the day, with games for children, live music, dancing, local artisans demonstrating their skills and selling their products, and vendors selling food, such as barbecue chicken and cotton candy. …

Virginia teen gets an A for effort in questioning math exhibit

Sunday, July 12, 2015

The Museum of Science in Boston tallies 1.4 million visits a year. Many of those visitors tour the Mathematica exhibit, a beloved low-tech attraction installed in 1981 that features sculptures, activities and a dizzying array of numbers, symbols and equations to explain mathematical concepts. While engrossed in the …

Advice wrapped in humor

Saturday, July 11, 2015

In his compilation of articles from his Wall Street Journal column, “Ask Ariely,” Dan Ariely wraps in a clever bow all the questions we’ve ever wanted answered concerning the behavioral intricacies that dictate the decisions we make. He …

‘Room’ novelist Emma Donoghue writing young adult book

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Room novelist Emma Donoghue is the latest popular author to join the thriving young adult genre. Donoghue’s first book for middle graders, The Lotterys Plus One, will be published in 2017, Scholastic announced Tuesday. The novel will center on a large, unconventional family, the Lotterys, and the Victorian …

’Day Four’ sends a cruise adrift in supernatural waters

Saturday, July 11, 2015

For all the popularity of cruises, there are some things about them that scare people: close quarters with lots of other people, the threat of catching the gastrointestinal illness norovirus onboard and the distance from land and help …

Inheritance of father’s cello goes awry

Saturday, July 11, 2015

The Silver Swan, Elena Delbanco’s first novel, is an enthralling tale about music and the passions it inspires. At the opening, a gifted cellist named Mariana Feldmann is called to a lawyer’s office. She assumes she’s about to …

Adults and teens struggle to relate

Saturday, July 11, 2015

It is a cruel fact that children enter the urgent drama of adolescence around the same time their parents plunge into the tedious wild of middle age. For the younger generation, everything is new: angst, ambivalence, reckless sexual …

Brad Thor delivers in new thriller ‘Code of Conduct’

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath dives deep into another world-shattering plot with personal ramifications in Code of Conduct, Brad Thor’s latest thriller. Harvath is planning to spend quality vacation time with the woman he loves when he receives a …

Review: Holly Brown delivers with ‘A Necessary End’

Saturday, July 11, 2015

The desire for a child – an occasion that should be joyful – turns into a deadly obsession in the highly stylized A Necessary End. In the Gone Girl mode, author Holly Brown fashions her second novel around …

Holiday biography fails to solve the mystery

Saturday, July 11, 2015

No figure in American music led a more interesting, troubled and tragic life than Billie Holiday. She was the tortured soul of jazz, whose breaking heart could be heard in every note she sang. She had a childhood …

Artistic view of end of the world

Saturday, July 11, 2015

In 2009, Kate Walbert published A Short History of Women, a complex novel that swirls around several generations of one family to explore what it meant and means to be female in the modern age. The Sunken Cathedral …