Life & Times

"New franchise parking lot, West Lebanon, New Hampshire, 1971" from Jonathan Sa'adah's book "How Many Roads?: Photographs of the Sixties and Early Seventies." (Jonathan Sa'adah photograph)

Days of Change and Growth

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Of all the odd places to sit down for an interview, the McDonald’s on Route 12A might be the oddest. But in the case of …

For Art’s Sake, an Old Rallying Cry Returns: ‘Take Back Vermont’

Friday, January 30, 2015

Last week, in a startlingly random context, I came across something I thought only the people where I’m from remember. Among the listings I receive …

The Tyranny Of ‘Awesome’

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Monday in an online chat, a reader sent in a great question that clarified some things I’ve been thinking about lately. “Is it just me, …

Printing an Organ

Monday, January 26, 2015

Miami — Adaenelie Gonzalez had two open heart surgeries by the time she was 4. She was born with a heart condition that prevented blood from flowing properly into the heart from the lungs, and the surgeries yielded …

Chewing Is Better Than Slurping

Monday, January 26, 2015

Chewing is so last year. The more modern way to get food into your body is, apparently, to slurp it through a straw, suck it out of a pouch or gulp it from a container. Just consider the invasion of fashionable juice bars and bottled, cold-pressed or blenderized …

Daily Coffee Drinkers Cut Risk of Melanoma, Study Finds

Monday, January 26, 2015

Daily coffee consumption may provide protection against malignant melanoma — the worst form of skin cancer — researchers have found in a statistical study involving tens of thousands of java drinkers. Researchers concluded that people who drank the most coffee — about four cups daily of the caffeinated …

Movie Review: ‘Foxcatcher’ Warns of the Snares of Money and Privilege

Monday, January 26, 2015

A bleak, mid­wintery gloom suffuses Foxcatcher, a dramatized version of the lurid real-life murder of champion wrestler Dave Schultz at the hands of the late John E. du Pont in 1996. As refracted through the chilly, superbly controlled …

Capsule Reviews: ‘Strange Magic’ Adapts Shakespeare

Monday, January 26, 2015

Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than …

A Movie Lover Comes to Grips With Television’s Superiority

Monday, January 26, 2015

Someday, when the dust settles on the turbulent, game-changing history of early 21st-century media — at that far-off point when the use of jargon like “game-changing” is met swiftly, and by decree, with a light prison sentence — let’s hope this small, tossed-off moment is not forgotten: On …

Warm-Up Swings

Monday, January 26, 2015

Chris Whitcomb watches his son Zach, 10, practice his swing in front of their West Lebanon home on Friday. Zach plays baseball, football and basketball, though football is his favorite. This spring, he will be playing first base.Valley …

It’s Still the Pirate’s Life for ‘Black Sails’ in Season Two

Monday, January 26, 2015

Pasadena, Calif. — Starz found success with its first season of Black Sails through a mix of swashbuckling pirates and women who could kick the swash right out of their buckles. The second season of the series that’s a prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island was no …

Snow Stroll

Monday, January 26, 2015

Lisa and Tim Holtz, of Claremont, explore Blow-Me-Down Farm at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish on Sunday. Although the farm is usually closed to the public, tour guides from Saint-Gaudens gave the first of five guided snowshoe …

Let It Snow And Snow: Welcoming Winter Weather With Joy, Enthusiasm

Sunday, January 25, 2015

When I was a child, growing up in the mountains of Tennessee, my younger sister and I would check the weather forecast religiously during the winter, hoping and praying for snow. If there was at least a 15 …