Learning to draw figures, Heddi Vaughan Siebel writes, is a lesson in both form and empathy.
How did the Massachusetts Cultural Council end up losing $7.7 million? The answer, writes Alex Green, might not be what you think.
One evening every week, their anticipation in high gear, my parents turned off the living room lights... And I was told to leave the room.
Cognoscenti editor Kelly Horan talks with acclaimed author Russell Banks about his new collection of travel writings, "Voyager."
A doctor reflects on the power of poetry to help better understand a patient's struggles.
Now I see the former Hancock Tower as a stunning canvas, shimmering blue or grey in answer to the seasonal sky, waiting for a new image to materialize.
Gay Talese, take note: Sometimes, obligations to humanity trump the journalist’s job.
Prince's ecstatic music breathed life into us all.
As profound an act as writing "To Kill a Mockingbird" and releasing it, was Lee’s refusal to elaborate.
Whether you loved him, hated him, or as many people did -- both -- David Bowie leaves an invaluable legacy of artistic innovation.
Touching our souls means wrestling with what makes us uncomfortable. My wrestling mat is a blank page and a pencil.
Dorchester North Burying Ground is a natural -- and national -- treasure. Woven through its beauty are vibrant stories -- a rich history of a place that deserves to remember itself.
“Star Wars” and its sequels were touchstones, mind-bending fantasy movie experiences into which I poured my longings for escape, creativity and adventure.
Inspired by Arthur Miller's Tony award-winning play, my father changed course. He walked away from the life he was supposed to have, and into the one he needed.
Here’s the thing to remember about writers (and artists in general): they don’t owe their audiences a damn thing, aside from art they make.
Plans to transform the historical Boston landmark into a part-time cafeteria are meeting sharp criticism.
Time and again, the Nobel jury appears to put politics ahead of literary considerations.
Families do a lot of different activities together to promote bonding. Some bake. Others play Trivial Pursuit. My family? We watch a TV show about the zombie apocalypse.
One might hope that the emergence of a clear moral truth would redeem the whole effort. No such luck.
E.L. Doctorow relentlessly challenged convention, insisting that we open our eyes and hearts.