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


Did Jason Isbell make it to Atwood’s?

By , Globe Staff

Randi Millman, who books shows at Atwood’s Tavern in Cambridge, posted a note on Facebook inviting the singer to stop by after his Pavilion concert.


Eliza Dushku-produced ‘Mapplethorpe’ to begin filming

By , Globe Staff

The actress and Watertown native has been trying to make a movie about the controversial photographer for over a decade.


Mass. Historical Society names new president

By , Globe Staff

Catherine Allgor, who succeeds the retiring Dennis Fiori, was appointed after what MHS trustees say was an “exhaustive national search.”


‘Fault in Our Stars’ actor Ansel Elgort to play JFK

By , Globe Staff

The star of the new film “Baby Driver” is about to join the fraternity of actors who’ve portrayed John F. Kennedy on screen.