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In this Sept. 2, 2014 photo provided by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, cartoonist and graphic memoirist Alison Bechdel poses in her studio at the castle of Civitella Ranieri in central Italy.  Bechdel was named Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, as one of 21 people to receive a "genius grant" from the Chicago-based MacArthur Foundation. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Riccardo De Luca)

Alison Bechdel’s Influence Extends Far Beyond Her Cartoons

Thursday, September 18, 2014

With one test, cartoonist Alison Bechdel changed the way we think about and discuss film. In her comic strip, Dykes to Watch Out For, which …

‘Easy Rider’ Motorcycle to Roll Onto the Auction Block

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The customized Captain America chopper Peter Fonda rode in Easy Rider has come to symbolize the counterculture of the 1960s. Now it’s for sale. The …

Art Notes: Newport’s Library Arts Center Mounts a Community-Centered Exhibition

Thursday, September 18, 2014

After Kate Luppold earned her B.F.A. from the University of New Hampshire, where she studied oil painting and drawing, she did something a little unusual. …

Entertainment Highlights: Musician’s Fundraiser Turns Personal After Cancer Diagnosis

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Tod Moses already was planning to record a blues-tinged CD of Beatles covers to benefit the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. Then it became personal. “A few weeks after I picked the cause from my top two …

Strokes Singer Makes Startling Shift

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Musicians go to Coachella for all kinds of reasons: to hype fresh work, unveil an anticipated reunion, collect a fat paycheck. But not many use the annual music and arts festival in Indio to turn off members of their audience, as Julian Casablancas of the Strokes appeared eager …

Fall Shows Bring About a Family Reunion in the Living Room

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Families of the world, unite. It’s safe to return to the television, together. For years, television has been criticized by many for being too violent, too sex-obsessed, too adult. The official “family viewing hour” disappeared in 1977, and by the turn of the last century, even the idea …

To Chill or Not to Chill?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

For many years I’ve been lecturing anyone who would listen that we shouldn’t put tomatoes in the refrigerator. Was I wrong? A very good post on the Serious Eats website this week seems to suggest so. In it, …

On a Quest For Vermont’s Heady Topper

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Let’s not call this a “beer run.” That has such a... Friday night frat boy connotation. Let’s instead call this a “beer journey.” The ultimate beer journey. For the ultimate cult beer. If you have even a passing …

Notes From the Garden: Fall Is the Right Time for Planting Trees

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Fall is hard upon us in Cornish Flat. I know I should “toughen up” and ignore the cold, but I admit it here: I had my first fire in the woodstove recently. It felt great on a raw, …

Dorie Greenspan Encourages Bakers to Master the Basics

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The annoying thing about Dorie Greenspan is that no matter how much you don’t like to bake, aren’t good at baking, don’t even want to bake... If you listen to her long enough, you’ll find yourself hankering to …

‘Sesame Street’ Still Growing at 45

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Pasadena, Calif. — Hard to believe it has been 45 years of Sunny Days and Everything’s A-OKs, but PBS stalwart Sesame Street indeed turned 45 this month and expanded to include a second, half-hour daily show. The 26 …

Nothing Subtle About Premises for New Series That Start This Evening

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The new TV season stumbles out of the gate with two ambitious but flawed series opening tonight. Red Band Society (9 p.m. on Fox) is a teen sobber about the live-in pediatric patients at Ocean Park Hospital in Los Angeles. They’re in there with a variety of grave …

School Notes: Short Trail, Long History; Thetford Improves Path Connecting Its Schools 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Thetford — A trail ran through it for years. You just wouldn’t have wanted to try to negotiate a 600-foot stretch of the path between Thetford Elementary School and Thetford Academy most seasons. Not without hip waders, anyway. …