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.”

Latest stories

Alex Beam

‘Alexa — flush!’ and other awful gift ideas

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Yes, I know marijuana is legal, but please — no gifts with dope, OK?

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Don’t blame Facebook for hate speech

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Purveyors of hate speech manipulated mass media long before Facebook came along.

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Two-and-a-half cheers for Howard Zinn

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Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States” is ubiquitous on curriculums, and universally hated by historians.

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The nice-to-me-at-a-party rule

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If you’re nice to me at a party, I won’t make fun of you.