Profiles

The Creative Block

At the heart of Inman Square, the 1300 block of Cambridge Street is and has been the home for shops that cater to Cantabridgians’ preference for handmade things. You may have a printer, but Shelley Barandes of the Albertine Press has a printing press. She has several, actually: a Vandercook, a Heidelberg, and a Chandler […]

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The Return of ‘Rocky Horror’ to Harvard Square

Boston-based actor Peter Mill stumbled across the 1975 film “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” while flipping through the channels on the TV when he was 13, and even then he was instantly drawn to Dr. Frank-N-Furter, the extravagant, gender-fluid mad scientist character whose portrayal immortalized actor Tim Curry. “The first time I saw the character, […]


Meet the Mayor’s Lead Speechwriter

Chief of Staff Wilford Durbin What’s the speechwriting process like? Every speech is a collaborative process, and that begins first and foremost with sitting down with the mayor and asking what points he wants to make, what tone he wants to set, which constituencies he wants to address. I interview him much like we’re doing […]


Collecting Old Stories at MIT Provides Map for the Future

While MIT is mostly known for developments in mathematics and the hard sciences, the university’s libraries and special collections have an ever-expanding cache of oral histories, particularly about the institution itself. One collection documents the diverse experiences of women at MIT. Undergraduate students interview alumnae, and then transcripts of their conversations are submitted to the […]