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King thriller a tale of literary obsession gone too far

There’s a touch of the obsessive inherent to literary fandom. When a reader – particularly a young reader – first discovers an author whose writing truly speaks to them, their devotion to their newfound favorite often increases exponentially, growing in leaps and bounds at a rapid pace.

Tuesday, 02 June 2015 18:20

Red Sox Report Card – May 2015

It didn’t seem like it could get much worse. And then it did.

The 2015 season has been a sad slog for the Boston Red Sox thus far. After an April spent mired in mediocrity, they managed to perform even worse in the month of May. No team in the American League had fewer wins than the 10 put up by Boston over the past month.

Disaster movie offers big action, few surprises

Hollywood sure does love destroying stuff on a large scale. It seems like any action movie worth its salt has to feature a massive amount of property damage; sometimes a film will lay waste to whole cities or countries. Increasingly, that destruction has come at the hands of outside forces, be they supervillains or aliens or what have you. 

Tuesday, 02 June 2015 18:03

Taking a shot

An under-informed preview of the NBA Finals

My predilection for prognostication is well-established at the point. I love making sports picks, despite (or perhaps because of) the fact that I’ve never been particularly good at it. Granted, I’ve gotten better in recent years, with a few odd pockets of consistent success (bowl predictions, anyone?), but ultimately, your guess will always be at least as good as mine.

Tuesday, 02 June 2015 17:57

Above ‘The Fold’

Sci-fi thriller a solid page-turner

Science fiction is a genre that can potentially be all things to all people. There are narratives driven by ideas and tales that are powered by technical jargon. There are standalone novels and ongoing series and books that are intended as part of a larger, already extant fictional universe. These stories can take place a billion miles away or in our backyard. As long as the author can engage the reader, that’s ultimately all that matters.

Disjointed, sloppy rom-com neither romantic nor funny

I was rooting for Cameron Crowe. I really was.

Tuesday, 02 June 2015 17:36

A dozen years of ‘Yes, and…’

Bar Harbor’s ImprovAcadia enters its 12th season

BAR HARBOR – Improvisational comedy is one of the ultimate high-wire acts in the entertainment realm. Watching as a group of quick-thinking, quicker-witted actors strive to generate engaging performances on the fly can be both exhilarating and exhausting – when improv is good, it can be very good, but when it’s bad … it’s BAD.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015 21:06

Weird National Briefs - (05/27/15)

Making a splash

MINNEAPOLIS - Six people have been arrested after an alleged water attack on drivers and passengers of a pedal pub in Minneapolis.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015 20:56

Celebrity Slam - (05/27/15)

Empty House

Over the past few years, the world of popular culture has been consumed by nostalgia. Yes, every generation’s popular culture is built on the foundation of what came before, but it seems that every day we are confronted with a reboot or reinvention or reimagining of some beloved piece of our pop culture memory. Essentially, everything old is new again. Or old again. Or whatever.

 

Novel explores nature of ethnic identity

As a culture, we’ve gotten better about discussing race, but the truth is that we’re still pretty bad at it. We’re disquieted and uncomfortable at the notion of having frank discussions; the reasons are legion, but almost all of us have one. So it’s remarkable when someone comes along and is able to tell a story that revolves around race without ever coming off as heavy-handed or preachy.

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