Life & Times

Marion True in Newburyport, Mass., where she grew up and her mother still lives. The former curator of antiquities for the J. Paul Getty Museum was indicted in 2005 by an Italian court for being part of a stolen-art ring. All charges were eventually dismissed, but her career was ruined. (Washington Post - Michele McDonald)

Curator Who Vanished Now Wants to Tell Her Story

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The reporters staked her out. The investigators said she conspired with crooked dealers. And her museum colleagues seemed content to watch her disappear, as if …

Canaletto’s Venice

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Adolph Weil, Jr., w ho graduated from Dartmouth in 1935, became over the course of his life an avid and astute collector of prints by …

Thursday, August 27, 2015

We Might Not Want to Think So, but We All Work for Amazon

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Maybe it all started with the drone tease. Remember back in 2013, when Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced plans to someday make deliveries via “Octocopters,” which would pick up packages from an Amazon fulfillment center and deliver them to customers’ doorsteps within 30 minutes? What was astonishing wasn’t …

Movie Review: ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Leaves Some Truths on the Cutting Room Floor

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Straight Outta Compton is a musically propulsive mixed blessing of a biopic, made the way these things often get made: with the real-life protagonists breathing down the movie’s neck to make sure nothing too harsh or unflattering gets …

Movie Review: Woody Allen Revisits Mystery Genre With ‘Irrational Man’

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Joaquin Phoenix has grown an unsettlingly prodigious potbelly for his role in Irrational Man, in which Woody Allen revisits the terrain of his 2005 murder mystery Match Point, with more conclusive, if less memorable, results. Phoenix plays Abe Lucas, a dissolute philosophy professor as known for his affairs …

Movie Review: ‘The End of the Tour’ Is a Complex Conversation Worth Hearing

Saturday, August 22, 2015

On the most superficial level, The End of the Tour is about David Foster Wallace, who electrified the literary world in 1996 with the publication of his epic breakout novel Infinite Jest, and who took his own life …

Jeb Bush Comic Debuts Amid a Fertile Field of Candidates

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Satirists aren’t the only ones having a field day with this fertile election-season. As the presidential contenders and pretenders gradually separate like wheat and chaff, even the comic biographers can sink their storytelling teeth into the deep campaign corn. “There are so many choosing to take the field …

Public Rollout Of Antidote Slow in N.H.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Concord — John Burns has never had to use Narcan himself. “Thank god,” he says. The drug, also known as naloxone, reverses the effects of heroin and opioid overdoses. Its usage in New Hampshire has spiked in recent years, as the state confronts a growing substance abuse problem. …

Scenes from the Fair

Saturday, August 22, 2015

The 2015 Cornish Fair Artist-in-Residence Gary Hamel, of Orange, begins to paint a chicken over a rabbit onto a canvas in Cornish. Hamel says he is spending the weekend near the fair’s dairy barns painting and eating food. …

Film Notes: Sabra Field Documentary Screens at Middlebury Film Festival

Friday, August 21, 2015

Along with counting his blessings, Bill Phillips can’t help chuckling about the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival inviting him to screen Sabra, his documentary about East Barnard printmaker Sabra Field, next weekend at Middlebury College. “I made their definition …

In ‘Ultra,’ Connie Britton Gets an Action Role

Friday, August 21, 2015

Connie Britton has played everything from a legendary country singer on the TV series Nashville to a sweet and caring mother in the feature film Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Despite a diverse acting career, Britton …

‘I Would Never Cast Myself’

Friday, August 21, 2015

Even after a full day of phone interviews promoting his new movie American Ultra, Jesse Eisenberg manages not to sound rote or weary. “Easiest part of my job,” he says perkily, describing the New York City hotel room …