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Jeffrey Eugenides On Humanity and the Art of Short Fiction

Content warning: This article discusses sexual assault. Aside from a cuss-filled account of a stoned undergrad meeting a middle aged man after a weekend of bathhouse debauchery, Jeffrey Eugenides appears right at home behind a church lectern. No story of Eugenides’s ends in overt fire and brimstone, nor did he play an iconized minister to […]


From Rent Control to Riot Squads: The Photographs of Olive Pierce

Cambridge Public Library archivist Alyssa Pacy knows that 1970s City Council meetings might not be particularly interesting to the average person. And they certainly don’t sound like the most engaging subject for a series of photographs, right? “But they were,” Pacy insists. “It was such an explosive time. There were hearings on rent control, on police brutality. […]



Car Talk’s Louie Cronin on Her Cambridge-Centric First Novel

Louie Cronin was born right here in Cambridge. Her parents grew up in the city; they met each other in third grade. Her dad owned a restaurant in Harvard Square. She spent her childhood playing in Cambridge’s streets, and while her family moved to the suburbs when she was 11, she would return in her thirties for almost […]


Cambridge Author Highlights Indian-American Achievement

There’s a moment in season one of the much-loved NBC series Parks & Recreation where Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) and Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari) are making small talk on a stakeout. “You’re not from here, right?” Knope asks, to which Haverford replies, “No, I moved here from South Carolina.” “But you moved to South Carolina from where?” she presses, not […]




We’re Off to Harvard Square: Local Artist’s Illustrations Get a Second Life

The first time Sage Stossel sat down to pen We’re Off to Harvard Square, she gave up. Stossel wanted to write and illustrate a children’s book, and figured the easiest way to go about doing so was to write a story and then sketch out the drawings to accompany it. The longtime Harvard Square resident had recently moved away from Cambridge, […]


Last-Minute Holiday Recipes from the Brass Sisters

No holiday season is complete without delicious, homemade baked goods. The way the oven warms the kitchen, the smells wafting through the rooms of the house—we’re getting homesick just thinking about it. Still, you can only down so many chocolate chip cookies before getting baked goods burnout. So we asked two of the best bakers in […]


A Q&A With Rookie Mag’s Tavi Gevinson

You know that episode of Bob’s Burgers where Louise says it’s creepy that her dad’s role model, pitcher Torpedo Jones, is the same age as he is? Tavi Gevinson is my Torpedo Jones. (Actually, since I’m 24 and she’s 19, I guess I’m even creepier than Bob.) Gevinson founded Rookie, an online magazine for teen girls that covers everything from […]


Dead in Good Company at Mount Auburn Cemetery

“Anybody who recommends meeting in a cemetery has gotta be a really interesting character.” Kim Nagy is reflecting on the first time she met John Harrison, with whom she worked as a co-editor on the recently published essay collection Dead in Good Company: A Celebration of Mount Auburn Cemetery. It was 2011, and Nagy was going […]


Keeping Up Shop: Grolier Poetry and Raven Used Books

The local and the literary, two of Cambridge’s top values, meet in independent bookstores around the city. Our big names—Harvard Book Store and Porter Square Books—come from our neighborhoods rather than national chains. They seem to be thriving, with celebrity author events, cafe? menus and warehouse sales. But what about the niche bookstores, the even […]