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  • 10 best books of April: the Monitor's picks

    Here are the 10 April releases most favored by the Monitor's book critics.

  • HBO makes great TV from books

    How do you compress a complicated novel into a two-hour, cinema-friendly format? The answer, most often, is: you can't. A better solution for many authors is to have their books turned into HBO series. The end result is often an in-depth adaptation – with story and characters intact – that would have been impossible get at the multiplex. Here are some of the best-known books that have been turned into successful HBO series – with many more to come.
    12/19/2011 03:53 pm

  • Vox News 'Occupy Wall Street': Why this revolution isn't made for TV

    Supporters complain the mainstream media aren't keeping pace with 'Occupy Wall Street' protests. But the movement's complexity makes big-picture coverage difficult.
    10/05/2011 10:12 am

  • 9 best books of August: Amazon editors' favorite picks

    Some of this summer's most interesting books will pull at your heartstrings and pull you across time and space – from Beijing today to 1930s Manhattan to planet Earth in the year 2044. And that's just for starters. Here are nine of the August 2011 titles that are drawing the most enthusiastic thumbs-up from the editors at
    08/01/2011 01:21 pm

  • Michele Bachmann balks at Sarah Palin 'girl power'

    Michele Bachmann says she's not a feminist. In an interview, the sole female GOP candidate for president doesn't talk about girl power the way Sarah Palin and Hilary Clinton have.
    07/01/2011 06:07 pm

  • A Moment in the Sun

    From John Sayles, a "sprawling, wide-screen, Technicolor" novel of the Spanish-American War.
    05/12/2011 04:50 pm

  • Harry Potter: A chronology

    As the world waits for the Nov. 19 release of Harry Potter film No. 7 ("Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" Part 1), it's fun to remember Harry as he's been revealed to us through the years.
    11/18/2010 10:48 am

  • Bed bugs: Lincoln Center is latest to confirm infestation in the most bed bug-infested city in America

    The Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater has had to go dark after a confirmed bed bug infestation of a dressing room. New York is at the top of the list of most bed bug-infested cities.
    10/15/2010 12:17 am

  • Opinion Mainstream news media: not dead yet

    To survive in the Digital Age, journalism needs to be simultaneously fast-paced and substantive, snarky and thought-provoking. Or, at the very least, it must find some middle ground where illuminating investigative pieces and Mel Gibson telephone call mash-ups can coexist.
    08/10/2010 12:22 pm

  • Chapter & Verse Is today's fiction irrelevant?

    The blogosphere debates: Are today's novels merely clever where they should be deep?
    07/30/2010 10:52 am

Doing Good


What happens when ordinary people decide to pay it forward? Extraordinary change...

Danny Bent poses at the starting line of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass.

After the Boston Marathon bombings, Danny Bent took on a cross-country challenge

The athlete-adventurer co-founded a relay run called One Run for Boston that started in Los Angeles and ended at the marathon finish line to raise funds for victims.

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