Columnist

Alex Beam

Alex Beam was a Globe staff columnist in the Business, Op-Ed and Living sections before joining the Opinion pages as a contributor in 2013. He has published two novels, three works of nonfiction, and is currently working on a book about Vladimir Nabokov and Edmund Wilson. In addition to writing for the Globe, Beam is a columnist for Architecture Boston magazine, and a guest commentator for the WGBH radio show “Boston Public Radio.”

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The birthplace of sex in America

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This much is true: In 1956, a bored and bibulous Gilmanton, N.H., housewife published “Peyton Place.”

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Who is making the world a better place?

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When the world improves, it does so in complicated ways.

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A lefthanded compliment for the sinistral set

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For decades, lefties have lulled us into treating them as victims, and then — poof! — they are our alien overlords.

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The elusive Nixon masterpiece

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If “there remains no authoritative cradle-to-grave biography” of our 37th president, you can’t say it is for lack of trying.