New Hubway System Keeps Boston’s Youth Moving

With gas at nearly $4.00 a gallon, outrageous parking fees, “Resident Parking Only” signs covering the entire metro area, and a dangerous lack of transportation options for our generation after 1 a.m., Hubway may be exactly what Boston has been missing all these years. A new innovation is gliding through the streets of Beantown, and […]

Book Review: Googie Redux, Ultramodern Roadside Architecture

Things I cannot find in Hong Kong: drive-thru restaurants. Like a few other building genres, they seem uniquely American. Same goes for supermarkets, tiki-themed motels, and roadside diners – buildings with purposes evolved to fit American car culture in the 1950s and 1960s. I became fascinated with American architecture because I grew up in Los […]

With the E-Book Revolution, Quantity Overthrows Quality

There’s no denying it: the e-book revolution has hit at full force. From kids lugging trash bags full of shamelessly discounted books out of post-apocalyptic Borders’, to marketing companies luring customers onto email lists with empty promises of free e-books, the evidence is everywhere. The e-book is here to stay, and it’s become increasingly clear […]

B.C. Professor Welcomes Harry Potter into the Canon

For millions around the world, the premier of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 was truly an end to an era, with nothing new on the horizon for the first time in nearly 15 years. So, where does the legacy of J.K. Rowling’s epic tale go from here? Boston College Professor Emerita Vera G. […]

The Top 10 Banned Books of our Generation

The concept of banning books might seem like a thing of the past, but attempts to ban or censor new and historically-renowned books are still common in our generation, some for ridiculous reasons. The list of banned books could go on for days, some more ridiculous than others. The important thing to remember is banned […]

Crossing the Medium: Awesome Book Adaptations

The incestuous relationship between books and mass media has been a long running phenomenon resulting in some stellar cross-platform adaptations. As of 2011 the Harry Potter film franchise, based on the Harry Potter book series written by J.K Rowling, is the highest grossing series in the world having grossed more than $7 billion in its […]

The Feed Bag: Happy Meals Still Sad

Attention Happy Meal lovahs (and mommies!): Everyone’s favorite mistake, McDonald’s, has introduced a “healthier” version of their kid-portioned meals, without nixing the toy.Some things have changed with the current makeup of Happy Meal offerings in terms of calorie count and portion size. Mickey D’s Happy Meals will now contain fries AND those little sliced apples, […]

E-books Take the World by Storm

There is no denying the Kindle family and the rest of the e-book reader ilk have changed, if not reinvigorated, reading as a whole. Just look here, here and here –where bloggers and authors have pondered the future of these electronic devices and the impact they’ve had on publishing. The Association of American Publishers (AAP) […]

‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ a Cliched Monument to Predictability

I can already hear the accusations: “It was a good movie for being a comic book movie.” “You’re the only one I know who didn’t like it.” “I can’t believe you didn’t like it! You’re such a movie snob.” I’m not a movie snob; I’m just not an idiot. Seriously, what levels of predictability and […]