Growth along Route 128 and I-495 brings more jobs — and traffic
The Route 128 and Interstate 495 corridors are booming once again, spinning off thousands of new jobs, but the resurgent economy may be generating a frustrating side effect: traffic congestion.
Book review: ‘Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography’ edited by Pamela Smith Hill
In the more than eight decades since the Little House books based on Wilder’s life first were published, millions of fans have found courage in the stories about covered wagons and huddling around the cookstove while blizzards or wolves raged outside. And the fans always have yearned to know more about Laura Ingalls Wilder’s life. Now they are getting their wish. The South Dakota Historical Society Press has published the earliest known version of Wilder’s memoir, “Pioneer Girl,” in a paperback volume heavily annotated by Pamela Smith Hill, who wrote a short biography of Wilder seven years ago.
Book review: ‘A Map of Betryal’ by Ha Jin
The protagonists of Ha Jin’s latest novel, “A Map of Betrayal,” occupy the “treacherous territory” of margins — Gary Shang, “the biggest Chinese spy ever caught in North America,” and his daughter, Lilian Shang, American-born, “half-Chinese and half-Irish.” The novel alternates between Lilian’s first-person account of her quest to “piece together [her father’s] story” after the death of her mother in 2010 and a third-person recounting of Gary’s life starting in 1949. Communist and newly married, he stumbles into espionage, works as a CIA translator, starts a second family in the United States (despite having a wife and twins back in China), and spirals through arrest, trial, and tragic death in the early 1980s.
Sensuality in Chinese art on full display at the MFA
Eroticism — coy and coded, or brazen and brash — is the subject of “Court Ladies or Pin-Up Girls?” at the Museum of Fine Arts.
Amusement only part of the attraction of ‘The Interview’
The comedy became a celebration of the right to freedom of speech to the hundreds who saw the movie in Cambridge.
Cuba deal brings deportation questions
More than 34,000 Cubans have been ordered deported from the US, and at least 110 are being detained.
Patriots make red zone into a dead zone for opponents
In the last five games, the Patriots have given up just one red zone touchdown in 12 opponent opportunities.
Jen Kirkman (reluctantly) can come home again
The Needham native is performing four shows at Laugh Boston, and she’s a little worried about how friends and family might react.
Bruins will give David Pastrnak a second look
After the World Juniors, the 18-year-old winger will be brought back in the hopes he can provide a spark.
D.L. Hughley won’t shy away from the controversial
The comedian’s first responsibility is to get the laugh, but he also doesn’t shrink from taking strong stands on political and social issues.
Increase pay for public office holders
If we kick the can down the road, we are only making things more difficult to resolve in the future.
BC’s Josh Bordner flourished after switching positions
Bordner bided his time as a backup quarterback but broke out this season as a receiver.
Patrick sends the wrong message with civil legal aid cuts
The program helps people involved in civil suits, including cases of foreclosure, child custody, and domestic violence.
Space is the next frontier for theater companies
When we asked a bunch of Boston theater people what they hoped for in 2015, the answer was often “space.”
For student protests, use discipline sparingly
School administrators shouldn’t go out of their way to discourage nonviolent protest.
‘Skylight’ by José Saramago
Lost for nearly 40 years, Saramago’s novel has now been translated into English for the first time by Margaret Jull Costa.
Many familiar faces at Miller Yezerski Gallery
John Goodman’s “HomeTown” is a photographic walk down Boston’s memory lane.
Borromeos celebrate 25 years with Beethoven
A series of performances featuring Beethoven’s last string quartets is among the highlights in coming months at the Gardner Museum.
8 hours as an extra on the new Miles Teller film
A reporter spent a day at the filming of “Bleed For This,” the Martin Scorsese-produced film about Rhode Island-bred boxer Vincent “Vinny Paz” Pazienza.