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.

Latest stories

Auction of paintings will help repair late artist Robert Indiana’s Maine home

By , Globe Staff

The paintings — Ellsworth Kelly’s “Orange Blue” and Ed Ruscha’s “Ruby” — reaped over $6 million at Friday’s Christie’s auction.


After investigation, Pulitzer Prize board announces Junot Diaz will remain as a member

By , Globe Staff

The Pulitzer Prize board announced Friday it has found no reason to remove its former chairman, author Junot Diaz, after reviewing the complaints of women writers who alleged mistreatment by him.


Director Jason Reitman talks about Gary Hart and ‘The Front-Runner’

By , Globe Staff

The new film looks back at the 1987 sex scandal that ended a presidential campaign.

How you can now listen to a never-before-heard Van Morrison recording from 1968 Boston

By , Globe Staff

In “Astral Weeks,” Boston writer/musician Ryan Walsh shares the backstory of the Van Morrison album that was written, at least partially, while the Irish singer was holed up in a Cambridge apartment.