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Democracy Right Now

July 27, 2016 9:53 am0 comments

by Steve Desroches It’s the second day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and journalist Amy Goodman is about to cover a protest by the organization Code Pink: Women for Peace. The anti-war group delivered 500 tennis balls just outside the Quicken Loans Arena where Chris Cox, the chief [...]

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Films to Die For

June 22, 2016 5:00 am0 comments

by Steve Desroches Illeana Douglas, Martin Scorsese, and Marlon Brando are in a suite at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel and they’re all crying. Brando is wearing a blue velour sweat suit lying across the couch after having tossed most of the cushions on the floor, but that’s not why they’re [...]

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A Fleur-de-Lys Mystery

September 30, 2015 5:00 am0 comments

by Steve Desroches As Jeannette de Beauvoir drove up to the former St. Jean de Dieu Hospital, now the Institute for Mental Health in Montreal, she saw a playful giraffe on the lawn outside the day care center with a sign that said, “Watch Out for Our Children.” It’s ironic [...]

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REVIEW: The Existential Actor: Life and Death, Onstage and Off

September 2, 2015 5:00 am0 comments

by Rebecca M. Alvin For most theater and movie goers, the job of the actors on the stage and screen, respectively, is simply to entertain by embodying a particular character. And certainly, this is what actors attempt to do. But in Jeff Zinn’s new book The Existential Actor, the author [...]

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Act Up’s Second Act

June 24, 2015 6:00 am0 comments

Larry Kramer on Where We’ve Been and Where We Go From Here by Steve Desroches On an impossibly beautiful June day Larry Kramer walks into a naturally bright sunlit room far in the west end of Provincetown with a big, bright smile. Just about a week before his 80th birthday [...]

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REVIEW: Edgewise: A Picture of Cookie Mueller by Chloé Griffin

October 29, 2014 6:00 am0 comments

by Steve Desroches Cookie Mueller may very well have embodied the spirit of Provincetown: wild and loving, smart and carefree, creative and whimsical, at time reckless, but also incredibly thoughtful. As one of John Waters’ Dreamlanders Mueller is perhaps best known for starring in five of his films, including Pink [...]

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REVIEW: The Snow Queen

September 17, 2014 6:00 am0 comments

by Rebecca M. Alvin When I first started reading Michael Cunningham’s new novel The Snow Queen, I found myself drifting in and out of the story. Cunningham’s penchant for embroidering rich inner lives for his characters was actually an obstacle to entering their world because I felt myself getting lost [...]

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Inside Wally Lamb

September 4, 2014 10:07 am0 comments

by Steve Desroches Spare Wally Lamb the whole “men are from Mars, women are from Venus” line. Over his career many have marveled at Lamb’s ability to write his female characters with such rich and deep voices, especially in his New York Times bestseller She’s Come Undone.  Sure, men and [...]

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REVIEW: CARSICK

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John Waters reads from his book Carsick   by Rebecca M. Alvin  In John Waters’ new book, aptly titled Carsick, the filmmaker turned author takes on the culture of the American interstate system through a cross-country hitchhiking trip. While Waters is known in this area for hitchhiking to local beaches, [...]

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REVIEW: The Sea Inside by Philip Hoare

August 6, 2014 6:00 am0 comments

by Rebecca M. Alvin I read Philip Hoare’s latest book in pieces, stolen moments I came by before going to sleep at night or on those rare occasions where there was nothing to do for a few minutes. But in this fragmented process of reading The Sea Inside, I think [...]

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