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FILE - In this June 1, 2005 file photo, former Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee leaves the Washington Post building in Washngton. Bradlee died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, according to the Washington Post.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Bradlee’s Sense of Style

Friday, October 24, 2014

“Hey, Tiger.” He said things like that. He had lusty greetings, exotic epithets and obsolete profanities he got away with. He was unabashed, uninhibited. Benjamin …

On Poetry: Children, Schools, Football and What We Value

Friday, October 24, 2014

This fall, our news, and not merely in the sports outlets, was filled with Baltimore Ravens football player Ray Rice’s brutal assault on his wife …

40 Years on, ‘The Power Broker’ Has Become Standard Reading

Friday, October 24, 2014

New York — Carl Weisbrod was two years out of graduate school, planning a career in law, when a new book about municipal builder Robert …

‘Best of Me’ — More Treacle From Nicholas Sparks

Saturday, October 18, 2014

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 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent …

‘Dreamcrushers’ Make Zonk Prizes for ‘Let’s Make a Deal’

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Los Angeles — Imagine getting paid to make bacon jewelry, build a nacho cheese hot tub, cover lawn chairs in sod. Five people in Los Angeles actually do. Carpenters, engineers, mad scientists — they create the zonk prizes …

A Perfect Kindness

Friday, October 17, 2014

E ldonna Edwards , the protagonist of the documentary Perfect Strangers , lives in San Luis Obispo, California, which is not only the happiest town in the U.S., but one of the friendliest — at least according to …

What Tolerating Online Harassment Costs Us

Friday, October 17, 2014

During the years that feminist video gaming critic Anita Sarkeesian has been subject to a torrent of violent harassment, one frequent response I have heard is that the threats are not “serious”; that is, the people making them do not actually intend to bomb the Game Developers Choice …

Director Brings Mexico’s Day of the Dead to His ‘Book of Life’

Friday, October 17, 2014

Face sweating, heart pounding, Jorge Gutierrez began to deliver the worst pitch of his career. It was 2012, and the Mexico City-born animator had arrayed skulls, flowers and ornate drawings around the San Fernando Valley backyard of his …

Latest Film From Lynn Shelton Opens At Hopkins Center

Friday, October 17, 2014

It’s not often that a film with such stars as Keira Knightley, Chloe Grace Moretz and Sam Rockwell opens simultaneously in New York, Los Angeles and ... Hanover. But moviegoers will have the chance next Friday to check …

Entertainment Highlights: For Her Act, Comedian Paula Poundstone Still Banks on Life’s Travails

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Answering the phone at her home in California at 9:15 one morning this week, Paula Poundstone didn’t miss a beat at the opening question: Whether she was rising earlier than usual, for a traveling comedian used to late …

Theater Review: Production of ‘Long Day’s Journey into Night’ Shows Admirable Restraint

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Early on opening night of the Parish Players’ production of Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Kay Morton dashed any concerns about just how long the next three hours — not to mention the next three weekends — with …

Shaker Bridge Opens Season With a Sharp Take on Feminism

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hello fellow Upper Valley 40-somethings. Have I got a date night suggestion for you. Rapture, Blister, Burn, Gina Gionfriddo’s 2012 play, now in production at Shaker Bridge Theatre in Enfield, is all about the painful reassessment of life at the dawn of middle age, in this case, 42. …

Art Notes: Long River Studios Shows the Colorful Cut-Paper Collages of Carol Santa Maria

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The artist C.A. Santa Maria lived in Mexico for 20 years, so it’s not a surprise that the vibrancy of its culture found its way into her paper collages that David Celone, the owner of Long River Studios …