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story behind the book | kate tuttle

When an inkblot isn’t just an inkblot

Like everyone else, Damion Searls had heard about the Rorschach test, but then he set out to research the life’s work of Swiss psychologist behind it.

Jordan Peele

Jordan Peele turns his focus to directing in ‘Get Out’

Jordan Peele is “kind of done” with performing. The good news is that he’s still in the business of entertaining; he’s just taking a seat behind the camera.

Gustave Le Gray’s “Beech Tree.”

Photography review

A keen-eyed connoisseur, a striking photography collection

Samuel Wagstaff Jr. did more perhaps than any one individual to demonstrate the acceptance of photography as a fine art.

Demi Moore will guest on the season finale of “Empire.”

TV Critic’s Corner

There’ll be more of Moore on ‘Empire,’ and a spinoff too

Plus four other takeaways from the week in TV.

book review

Agony and ecstasy of Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop

Megan Marshall’s “Elizabeth Bishop’’ widens the lens on the poet and Kay Redfield Jamison’s “Robert Lowell’’ tightens the focus.

A screen at the ICA shows Steve McQueen’s video installation “Ashes.”


At the ICA, two shows that embrace the body in many forms

The Institute for Contemporary Art is featuring “Steve McQueen: Ashes” and this year’s Foster prize winners.

Milo Yiannopoulos announced his resignation from Breitbart News at a Feb. 21 press conference.

@Large | Michael Andor Brodeur

The lesson of Milo Yiannopoulos? You can’t queer the alt-right.

Inviting the gay British provocateur to the party gave the alt-right some desperately needed edge that, without him, tapered off drastically like Richard Spencer’s haircut.

John Legend


A deal on John Legend tickets in March

If you buy a ticket on Sunday, the day of the Oscars, you’ll get a second ticket for free.


Meghan Trainor is a Smurf

The Nantucket native plays the role of SmurfMelody in the new Smurfs movie, and supplies a song for the soundtrack.

Ronnie DeVoe


Quote of the day: Ronnie DeVoe

The New Edition member singer announced on social media that he and his wife, Shamari, are expecting a baby.

Ron Cephas Jones (left) and Sterling K. Brown in the “Memphis” episode of “This Is Us.”

Buzzsaw | Matthew Gilbert

On ‘This Is Us,’ an extraordinary farewell

The “Memphis” episode was among the best hours of network TV I’ve seen in a long time.

Loli Kantor’s “Jewish Cemetery Cameo Portraits, Bershad, Ukraine.”

Photography review

Seeing memories with more than the mind’s eye

Four shows at the Griffin Museum of Photography look at memory.

Felix Mendelssohn intended to dedicate his String Quartet (Op. 12) to one of his sisters’ closest friends.


A quartet and the lore of a lovestruck Mendelssohn

Felix Mendelssohn intended to dedicate his String Quartet (Op. 12) to Betty Pistor, an amateur singer and one of his sisters’ closest friends.

George Gittoes’s “Snow Monkey” will screen March 8 at CinemaSalem.

In Focus

Salem Film Fest celebrates its 10th anniversary

In only 10 years, the festival has established itself as one of the best curated documentary events on the New England film calendar.

doc talk | Peter keough

Looking forward to a rad week for nonfiction film

From experimental Japanese documentaries to examinations of tickling and the blues, there’s plenty to entertain.

Charles Clary’s “Meticulous Excavations Movement #3” is part of “Deep Cuts: Contemporary Paper Cutting” at Currier Museum of Art.

The Ticket: Music, theater, dance, art, and more

Picks for upcoming concerts, plays, and other performances and events in the area this week.

Local bestsellers

A list of bestsellers based on reporting from the independent booksellers of the New England Independent Booksellers Association and IndieBound.


Greater Boston author readings Feb, 27-March 4

A weekly calendar of literary events and author readings.

new england literary news | NINA MACLAUGHLIN

Celebrated documentary maker and scion of prominent family publishes 1st book of poetry

Henry Morgenthau III turned 100 years old recently, and just published his first poetry collection.

the discovery

Martha’s Vineyard: a user’s manual

David R. Foster offers a deeply researched, thorough, and hopeful examination of how the island has been shaped by man and nature over time — and how we might best think about preserving it.

book review

With winter coming, a 32-year-old woman and her aged male friend sketched amid a novel of ideas

With customary intrepidness, the celebrated Scottish author of several previous books of fiction raises questions about aging, the elasticity of friendship, aesthetic politics, and the meaning of fame

book review

In David Grossman’s latest, tears of a clown actually belong to the audience

The caustic self-portrait comedian Dov Greenstein paints in “A Horse Walks Into A Bar’’ turns out to be a mirror held up to the audience.

four takes

Amid Trump’s Russia troubles, four books on cyberterrorism

Capsule reviews of “The Red Web,’’ “Cyber Spies,’’ “Dark Territory,’’ and “Cyber War.’’


Looking at the world through stories from other cultures

Reading books by foreigners forces you to learn to see the world through other people’s eyes, says Laila Lalami.

Mr. Colmes joined the fledging Fox News Channel in 1996 and hosted the political talk show with Hannity for 12 years.

Alan Colmes, liberal in ‘lion’s den’ of Fox News

The top-rated television commentator was cohost with conservative Sean Hannity of ‘‘Hannity & Colmes.’’

Snow King Paul Craig dances with Snow Queen Seo Hye Han in the Boston Ballet’s “Nutcracker.”


Boston Ballet gives a lift to five dancers

Boston Ballet has promoted five dancers, including one who played the Snow King in the most recent “Nutcracker.”

Christine Ebersole as Elizabeth Arden in “War Paint.’’

Their documentary is getting the beauty treatment from Broadway

It never occurred to Ann Carol Grossman and Arnie Reisman that their film about two icons of cosmetics industry would one day inspire a musical.

Boston Ballet in “Artifact” at the Boston Opera House.


The Weekender: Giant leaps, political laughs, and Oscars drama

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

John Green, author of

Nerdfighters will gather in Boston this weekend

“NerdCon: Nerdfighteria” is billed as “a giant celebration of all things nerdy, creative, educational, fun, and weird.”

Will Ferrell (left) and Mark Wahlberg attend the premiere of


Want to be an extra in ‘Daddy’s Home 2’?

Joining Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell for “Daddy’s Home 2” will be Mel Gibson, Linda Cardellini, and, according to early reports, John Lithgow . . . and maybe you.

Kellyanne Conway at CPAC.

Kellyanne Conway got pulled off the air for a week

It had been more than a week since Conway appeared on television — an eternity, by her standard.

FILE - In this May 26, 2010, file photo, James O'Keefe makes a statement after leaving the federal courthouse in New Orleans. O'Keefe has announced plans to release recordings on Feb. 23, 2017, that he said were made secretly inside CNN. (AP Photo/Bill Haber, File)

Conservative activist James O’Keefe posts secret CNN recordings

O’Keefe said the recordings were made secretly inside CNN’s Atlanta headquarters in 2009.

Jackie Evancho performing at the inauguration.

Jackie Evancho wants to meet Trump on transgender rights

More than a month after performing at Trump’s inauguration,the singer says she and her transgender sister want to meet with him.

Singer Katy Perry performs on stage at the Brit Awards 2017 in London, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

Tributes to David Bowie, George Michael top Brit Awards

Drake was named international male solo artist, while Beyonce took the international female prize. A Tribe Called Quest took the trophy for international group.

Max Irons and Samantha Barks in “Bitter Harvest.”

Movie Review

A love story set to Stalin in ‘Bitter Harvest’

The film looks for romance in the Soviet-imposed famine that claimed as many as 10 million lives in 1930s Ukraine.

Daniel Kaluuya in a scene from “Get Out.”

Movie Review

A comic thriller that’s scary as all ‘Get Out’

Jordan Peele’s debut feature is expertly crafted, devastatingly subversive, and a hilarious commentary on race.

album review

Jose James turns the lights down low, but ‘Madness’ fails to seduce

The new album is a big step back from the singer-songwriter’s ‘‘While You Were Sleeping,’’ his last album of original material.

ABC’s four-night miniseries “When We Rise” was written by Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black.

Television review

‘When We Rise’ traces the gay rights fight over decades

Written by the Oscar-winning screenwriter of “Milk,” ABC’s four-night miniseries is important and timely, yet flawed.

Clive Standen (with Victoria Snow) stars as Bryan Mills, the former Green Beret portrayed by Liam Neeson in the “Taken” films.

Television Review

Inspired by the movie trilogy, ‘Taken’ is one dull origin story

The new NBC series is like a parody of a TV action drama.

Luke Wilson gives voice to Bodi (left), Eddie Izzard to Angus Scattergood in “Rock Dog.”

Movie Review

There’s a lot to like about ‘Rock Dog’

In this indie ’toon, Luke Wilson lends his everydude voice to a humble Tibetan mastiff harboring dreams of six-string glory.

Louis C.K. in a scene from his FX series “Louis.”


Louis C.K. to release two new stand-up specials

Watch for them on Netflix.

Alan Ball is creating a new HBO series with actors Tim Robbins and Holly Hunter as the heads of a multiracial family.

TV critic’s corner

Alan Ball and HBO are a promising pair

The creator of “Six Feet Under” and “True Blood” is returning to the cable network with a new series.

Celine Dion


Quote of the day: Celine Dion

The singer spoke about how her family is coping with the loss of her husband, Rene Angelil, who died from cancer a year ago.

Kehlani is a 21-year-old R&B/hip-hop sensation.

Kehlani’s on the rebound and bringing some swagger

The R&B sensation comes to the Royale this weekend for two soldout shows.

Carlo Dolci’s “Saint John the Evangelist Writing the Book of Revelation,” part of “The Medici’s Painter.”

Art Review

Baroque master Carlo Dolci gets his first US retrospective

At Wellesley College’s Davis Museum, Baroque master Carlo Dolci gets his first US retrospective.

A castaway has difficulty attempting to leave an island in “The Red Turtle.”

Movie Review

Tracing the loneliness of the short-distance rafter in ‘The Red Turtle’

In this luminously animated version of the castaway story, an Everyman finds himself stranded on a deserted island.