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Wednesday, 05 August 2015 20:41

‘Three Moments of an Explosion’

Genre-bending story collection an outstanding read

One of the highest compliments that you can pay a writer is that there’s no one else quite like them. They all have their influences, of course – stylistic and/or thematic whiffs of other writers – but there are a few who are able to bring their myriad inspirations together into something unique.

Wednesday, 05 August 2015 20:33

Red Sox Report Card – July 2015

In the years since I first started writing this feature, the Boston Red Sox have seen a lot of ups and downs. There have been some great moments and some that were not so great. But never have I been so tempted to simply abandon the Report Card.

Suffice it to say, it hasn’t been a good month.

Fifth film in the franchise continues to raise the bar thanks to its star

Generally speaking, it’s a bit of a turn-off when someone comes off as desperate for your attention. Most of the time, that sort of neediness rubs us the wrong way. However, it seems that it is possible for someone to channel that desperation and naked yearning into something transcendent. How do we know it is possible?

Wednesday, 05 August 2015 20:23

Family reunion - ‘Vacation’

Reboot, while even, has some charms

The monetization of nostalgia has become big business in the Hollywood realm. It seems as though there is no property that movie studios aren’t willing to remake and reboot – often to the detriment of the original source material.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015 20:11

Weird National Briefs - (07/29/15)

Stolen saws

BRIDGETON, N.J. - A New Jersey chain saw artist says somebody nicked his tools.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015 20:08

A spy that time forgot

“Our Man in Charleston”

American history is filled with figures whose importance has faded as the years have passed. The textbooks offer little more than condensed summaries of even the most important events. Many of us have snapshot understandings of the most prominent people…and that’s about it. Delving deeper reveals a fascinating collection of characters whose vital roles in the direction taken by our country have been glossed over or even forgotten entirely.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015 20:05

Welcome to Cooperstown

Martinez, Johnson, Smoltz, Biggio inducted into HoF

It was a heck of a weekend in Cooperstown.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015 20:01

Celebrity Slam - (07/29/15)

Busy beef

So we’re on record with our love of celebrity beef. There are few things more entertaining than entitled famous people lashing out at one another in service of their own outsized egos.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015 19:54

Gaming nostalgia powers ‘Pixels’

Sandler movie terrible, yet personally enjoyable

There is no accounting for taste.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015 19:53

‘Crooked’ offers alternate Nixon

Novel posits a supernatural side to Tricky Dick

What if Richard Nixon was not our worst president, but our greatest?

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