Paul Theroux and Bruce Springsteen newly elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences


The Cambridge-based American Academy of Arts and Sciences has announced its latest batch of boldfaced members. Adding to an always eclectic group, this year’s list of artists, scientists, scholars, authors, and assorted other academics, business people, and performing artists includes Medford’s own Paul Theroux, author of “The Great Railway Bazaar,” as well as writer Martin Amis, The New Yorker’s Roz Chast, Oscar-winning actors Robert De Niro and Sally Field, and rocker Bruce Springsteen. The 198 new members will be inducted during a ceremony at Harvard’s Sanders Theatre next fall. If you’re wondering if the Boss might perform, there is a precedent. In 2011, Paul Simon was inducted and surprised the audience by playing “American Tune” from his 1973 LP “There Goes Rhymin’ Simon.”

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