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Leanna B. Ehrlich

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Bird Releases Contemplative Soundscapes

There are few other songwriters who could so creatively string together a girlfriend-as-an-industrialized-country metaphor.



"Gods Without Men" by Hari Kunzru will be available in bookstores March 6th.


Ivey Combines Fantasy and Reality in Hypnotic ‘Snow Child’

The year is 1920, and pioneers Jack and Mabel have recently abandoned their lives “back East” to start over in Alaska. Eowyn Ivey is not only a creative writer but also an emotive one, and “The Snow Child” triumphs through the sheer force of her prose.


Deja Entendu, Emmylou

I was a city girl seeing the world from behind the wheel for the first time. Somehow, on one of my first steps towards being a “real” adult, I rediscovered my childhood—long car rides are nothing without good music. I started looking through my dad’s massive CD collection for new tunes to carry me through daily jaunts and weekend trips, and, along the way, I alighted on the old Emmylou CDs.


O'Connor Balances Joy and Introspection

Though “How About I Be Me” occasionally struggles with inherent thematic inconsistency, the album—which centers around the risks and rewards of love—is an intensely moving and often beautiful collection.

Off Campus


Lost: One jacket. Please bring it back. It's cold out.


Faith, Family, and Fundamentalism Collide in Debut

Ayad Akhtar’s capable, imaginative prose brings to life the story of Hayat Shah, a young Pakistani-American boy growing up in the suburbs of Milwaukee. His spiritual crisis forms the crux of this coming-of-age tale.

Food and Drink

Live Blog: Christmas Dinner

We at Flyby enjoy live-blogging the merrier moments of life. Click here and join us for a minute-by-minute chronicle of Christmas dinner à la Jew.


Welcome to the Weird, Wonderful World of ‘1Q84’

An unnervingly silent teenager captivates Japan with her mystical literary debut.


The 6 Best Cats of Harry Potter

What’s your favorite part of “Harry Potter”? Heroism? The ancient struggle between good and evil? Mystery? Emma Watson, you say? Wrong. The best part of “Harry Potter” is the cats.


‘Breaking Dawn’ is Only for the Faithful

The shamble that emerges from "Breaking Dawn" is both a triumph and an abject failure, for its value and artistic merits largely depend upon who is watching.

Visual Arts

Give Every Man Thine Ear

Harvard professors bring to bear their different perspectives on a photograph, and in doing so exemplify how personal history affects taste.


Account of Widow's Last Days Is Terse, Remarkable

Norwegian author Kjersti A. Skomsvold’s debut novel explores the meaning and purpose of life from an unlikely perspective: that of a near-centenarian recluse who, in her last breaths of life, sets out to make her mark in a world she no longer understands.


Hypnotic 'Drive' is a Gritty Triumph

The film’s explicit violence and implicit tension are disconcerting, volatile and gripping, succeeding on a visceral level alongside effective and twisted storytelling.

Bob Slate Stationer to Reopen
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Bob Slate To Reopen This Fall

The local art and office supply chain shut down its three Cambridge locations last spring after the owners of the family business decided not to renew the stores' leases.