Columnist

Alex Beam

Beam is a columnist for the Opinion section. Previously, he wrote as a columnist for the Living/Arts section. Before joining the Globe as a business reporter in 1986, he worked for Newsweek magazine and Business Week. Beam has authored several books and was a Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University.

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Boston’s glorious history of naysaying

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It started with the tea-dumping rebel colonists and extended to the memorable catchphrase in “Bartleby, the Scrivener”: “I would prefer not to.”

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Mass. bumper sticker: Procreate and educate!

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The state is experiencing a population growth, but having a family in the Commonwealth is still difficult.

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Despite football’s problems, it will remain a pleasure to watch

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The sport may have come under attack recently for its effects on athletes’ bodies and players’ bad behavior, but it’s not leaving American television.

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Distractions and columns not written

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The digressions one columnist takes.