James H. Burnett III

Burnett is a culture writer on the Living/Arts team. He previously was a columnist and culture writer for the Miami Herald, where he contributed to award-winning projects on juvenile crime and the deadly 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Burnett has appeared on NPR and CNN.

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Back to School

Road to kindergarten more than child’s play

By James H. Burnett III , Globe Staff

When it comes to socializing pre-schoolers, atmosphere is key, friendship is crucial, and manners are a must.


Mobile food app wins local startup’s tech competition

By James H. Burnett III , Globe Staff

When Chris Mutti started his engineering career more than 30 years ago, he never thought his life’s work could culminate with a mobile app that captures images of food.

Brookline dispensary site stirs debate

By James H. Burnett III , Globe Staff

More than 100 Brookline residents expressed concern over a proposal that would place a medical marijuana dispensary in the heart of Brookline Village.


New Brookline library chief looks to the future

By James H. Burnett III , Globe Staff

There is fun irony in the fact that Sara Slymon’s philosophy on libraries is that they are such deep wells of exploration that they have the power to alter the course of a person’s life.Oh, it makes sense. Slymon is, after all, the Public Library of Brookline’s new director. But 23 years ago, she was a rising senior at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was making plans to become a journalist. A year later, by the time she graduated in the spring of 1992, the economy was tanking and she briefly considered law school. But the news had hold of her heart, until she decided to take a summer job in the library of the Pennsylvania boarding school where her mother worked, and changed her mind.