modern times

When my son isn’t horrifying me by watching the Walking Dead, he’s turning me on to some fabulous flicks by greats like Charlie Chaplin. I’ve always been a rabid Marx Brothers fan; I’ve… Continue reading

left to our own devices

My iPhone is the first thing I pick up in the morning, and the last thing I put down at night. It’s become tethered to my brain, an extension of my physical self,… Continue reading

reflections of an urban cyclista, part 2

Dear Mayor Menino, I’m seeing a lot of headlines roll by lately about cyclists getting killed, and it’s making me really upset. I applaud your efforts to make Boston a friendlier city for… Continue reading

Detropia & the new American city

The arts drive positive social and economic change, especially when it comes to urban renewal. Artists are the ones who move into areas that everyone else has abandoned, fix them up, and get… Continue reading

Os Gêmeos color Boston

Art for the people, by the people: Boston just got a lot cooler this summer. The MassDOT building in Dewey Square, part of Boston’s Rose Kennedy Greenway, is the canvas for an enormous… Continue reading

Noël Coward’s Private Lives

Is it possible to have a platonic crush on a gay guy who died nearly 40 years ago? After seeing Private Lives at the Huntington Theatre, I think I just might. Noël Coward… Continue reading

reflections of an urban cyclista, part 1

I never thought that the act of riding a bicycle was such a powerful political statement until I started riding one every day around Boston. What is it about cycling — or indeed,… Continue reading

considering color at the ICA & MFA

I am back from visiting family in Hawai’i, where we were surrounded by color: soft blues and greens, mostly. Coming home to Boston wasn’t as dismal and grey as it usually is, thanks… Continue reading

modern children

I saw two movies recently that should be required viewing for a parents with teens, and for teens themselves—and no, one of them isn’t The Hunger Games. My mother, a public school teacher… Continue reading

sluts to watch out for

Back in the 1980s, when I was at Barnard, there was a pioneering comic strip we used to read called Dykes to Watch Out For. Written and illustrated by Alison Bechdel, the series explored… Continue reading