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.

Latest stories

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Hollywood can’t let go of old image of Boston

By Alex Beam,

Recent movies set in Boston, along with previous ones like “The Town” and “The Departed,” paint a particularly bleak picture of our little city on a hill.

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The inglorious end of the world? Nah, just people

By Alex Beam,

You and I will end, and the world will go on.

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Footnote in mouth

By Alex Beam,

For the reading public, footnotes are not needed

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Four-bit recall

By Alex Beam,

Your brain isn’t faltering — it’s just built for small “chunks.”