Mark Shanahan

Mark Shanahan writes a daily column focused on entertainment and pop culture, and longer pieces about folks in the fields of music, movies, literature, and the arts generally. He has been at the Boston Globe since 2003 and before that at the Portland Press Herald, where he was a political reporter and a features writer. He grew in western Mass., where his father was the editor of a local newspaper, and he developed a keen interest in news and storytelling. He attended Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. He is married with two fantastic children, Julia and Beckett.

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Harry Belafonte, Earth Wind & Fire to headline star-studded MLK Boston fundraiser

By Lillian Brown , Globe Correspondent 

The nonprofit planning a memorial to commemorate the lives of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King will host a fund-raiser at the Museum of Fine Arts on Oct. 16.

Art Spiegelman gets a MacDowell Medal, and he feels a little funny about it

By , Globe Staff

The 70-year-old Spiegelman said he’s ambivalent about such awards, but acknowledged it’s a cool honor for a guy whose work was greatly influenced by Mad magazine.


Pixies announce deluxe reissue of first recordings

By , Globe Staff

Boy, do we feel old.


A Fox host railed about ‘some guy’s uncle’ immigrating to the US. So we poked around his family tree

By , Globe Staff

On “The Five,” Jesse Watters talked of limiting immigration to “the best and brightest.” A Globe reporter did some online sleuthing and posted a very interesting Twitter thread.