Say cheese! Families commemorate their isolation – together -- One of the ironies of social distancing is that this time of isolation is fostering other kinds of togetherness. #PORCHRAITS capture that duality.
5 hours agoHome theater: For diverting films while housebound, try Hitchcock -- Hitchcock's Hollywood movies, including "North by Northwest," are among those the Monitor's film critic recommends for your shut-in playlist.
5 hours agoIn a Word - Ugly-sounding words can describe beautiful things - The meanings and negative associations of moist make it ugly, just as positive associations can make other words seem lovely.
1 day agoA gift that kept me grounded - The lasting value of my grandfather's graduation present wasn't clear at first. But over time, I've come to understand its pricelessness.
1 day agoComics are for kids? This Vermont college begs to differ. -- A dedicated college for cartoonists shows the power of visual storytelling to inspire youth, sell books, and aid the teaching of complex topics.
2 days agoLive from anywhere: Musicians find new ways to connect with fans -- As fans and industry groups rush to help out-of-work musicians, many performers get creative about keeping their art alive.
4 days agoEating in: How to transform pantry staples into comfort food -- Cooking during coronavirus quarantine: How to turn those pantry staples into comfort food.
4 days agoIn a Word -- Beautiful-sounding words float like gossamer -- It turns out that the words that English speakers find pleasing are more like papillon and less like Aschenputtel, according to phonaesthetics.
2 days agoHome theater: Children's films to delight the whole family -- Sharing more screen time with family? Our critic's latest list of comfort flicks shows that movies meant for kids can also charm the young at heart.
8 days agoWhat is it about a fresh, warm bagel? -- It evokes childhood memories, it's what expats long for, and it comes from just one place: New York City.
9 days agoAn artist embraces her Iranian past and her American present -- Iranian American artist Shirin Neshat calls on the experience of being an exile to create compelling images of people living on the margins.
9 days agoFirst Look -- Kenny Rogers, music legend and master four-minute storyteller -- Kenny Rogers, a Grammy-winning balladeer who spanned jazz, folk, country, and pop with such hits as "Lucille," "Lady," and "The Gambler" died March 20.
8 days agoHome theater: Our critic offers his favorite feel-good flicks -- In times of uncertainty, we value a good laugh. Film critic Peter Rainer offers a selection of his favorite feel-good movies to help.
8 days agoIn a Word -- Need a point person? Appoint a czar. -- How did czar, royal title of the rulers of Russia until 1917, become so prevalent in the United States?
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