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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What’s all this talk about resilience?

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Resilience talk is just a little too glib, a little too modish, a little too nonsensical.


The rise (and fall) of the machines

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Sure, machines are clever, but there’s plenty they can’t do.

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The deification of urbanist Jane Jacobs

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Is the late, legendary urban activist Jane Jacobs properly understood by her followers?

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Circus elephants are a thing of the past

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Next Sunday at Providence’s Dunkin’ Donuts Center, a venerable American tradition comes to an end.