Wednesday, April 16, 2014
wburartery:

The premise of Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book “The Goldfinch” is dark. It goes something like this:
Inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, a bomb goes off. Bodies everywhere. A disaster. Among the injured is 13-year-old Theo Decker, who lost his mother in the blast. In the book, we follow Decker from the moment of the explosion to his life afterwards — moving in with his best friend’s family, moving in with his ne’er-do-well father, and the “what if?” exercises that so many victims of these kinds of tragedies suffer from. What if I was standing somewhere else? What if I had done something different today? Would my mother still be alive?
It’s devastating. About as devastating a portrait of loss as you’d want to read, but you do want to read it. And that’s because the writing is so exceptional.
[Full Review]

wburartery:

The premise of Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book “The Goldfinch” is dark. It goes something like this:

Inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, a bomb goes off. Bodies everywhere. A disaster. Among the injured is 13-year-old Theo Decker, who lost his mother in the blast. In the book, we follow Decker from the moment of the explosion to his life afterwards — moving in with his best friend’s family, moving in with his ne’er-do-well father, and the “what if?” exercises that so many victims of these kinds of tragedies suffer from. What if I was standing somewhere else? What if I had done something different today? Would my mother still be alive?

It’s devastating. About as devastating a portrait of loss as you’d want to read, but you do want to read it. And that’s because the writing is so exceptional.

[Full Review]

Help us out with a post we’re building! As the 2014 Boston Marathon approaches, we want to hear where you think the best places are to watch the runners. Share in the notes, and we may incorporate your answer into a post.
Also, if you’re running please see our WhyIRun project.

Help us out with a post we’re building! As the 2014 Boston Marathon approaches, we want to hear where you think the best places are to watch the runners. Share in the notes, and we may incorporate your answer into a post.

Also, if you’re running please see our WhyIRun project.

Monday, April 14, 2014
Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman and his fiancée, Erin Hurley.
“I’m just glad I’m still here,” Bauman tells Here & Now today. “I’m living my life to the fullest, and I’m very thankful and grateful. It’s just nothing but positivity and love in my life.”
Photo: Jesse Costa/WBUR

Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman and his fiancée, Erin Hurley.

“I’m just glad I’m still here,” Bauman tells Here & Now today. “I’m living my life to the fullest, and I’m very thankful and grateful. It’s just nothing but positivity and love in my life.”

Photo: Jesse Costa/WBUR

Monday, April 7, 2014
It all began five years ago, when Cambridge woodworker Mitch Ryerson was building benches for the redesigned Kemp Playground on Cambridge Common.
Full story and more pictures of Ryerson’s playground structures.

It all began five years ago, when Cambridge woodworker Mitch Ryerson was building benches for the redesigned Kemp Playground on Cambridge Common.

Full story and more pictures of Ryerson’s playground structures.

After the Boston Marathon bombings, hundreds of letters, flags and running shoes became powerful symbols at the makeshift memorial in Copley Square. Some of the artifacts are now on display at the Boston Public Library. (Full story.)
Photo: Curator Rainey Tisdale holds one of nearly 300 pairs of sneakers left at the Copley Square memorial. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

After the Boston Marathon bombings, hundreds of letters, flags and running shoes became powerful symbols at the makeshift memorial in Copley Square. Some of the artifacts are now on display at the Boston Public Library. (Full story.)

Photo: Curator Rainey Tisdale holds one of nearly 300 pairs of sneakers left at the Copley Square memorial. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

neaq:

“Biscuits is probably the most important turtle,” Merigo says. “They’re all endangered, they’re all important, but only one in one thousand turtles makes it from the egg stage to the size turtle that Biscuits is now.”

— Connie Merigo, New England Aquarium

WBUR’s The Animalist is featuring Biscuits in the story of her transport to warmer water!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
joespurr:

Super duper fun shoot today at the gorgeous Waterworks Museum with The Pack A.D. for Off The Record. Video should be up by the end of the week.

joespurr:

Super duper fun shoot today at the gorgeous Waterworks Museum with The Pack A.D. for Off The Record. Video should be up by the end of the week.

Firefighters salute outside a Watertown church as Lt. Edward Walsh’s casket is removed from atop Engine 33, ahead of the funeral Mass where he was remembered as a man committed to family and community, a “gentle giant” who found time for everyone.
Full story and photos.
Photo: Jesse Costa/WBUR

Firefighters salute outside a Watertown church as Lt. Edward Walsh’s casket is removed from atop Engine 33, ahead of the funeral Mass where he was remembered as a man committed to family and community, a “gentle giant” who found time for everyone.

Full story and photos.

Photo: Jesse Costa/WBUR

nprhereandnow:

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone on “politely declining” a $500 million offer from Facebook:

“It’s imperative to think abstractly about money. You have to think of it like a resource or a tool, you know, like there’s computing time, there’s money, there are these different things you can use as tools to make things and build things. So let’s abstract it from the fact that I can’t pay off my Visa card right now, you know, like you gotta separate these things and honestly ask ourselves what do we wanna do with our life? And so that’s the way that we had to soul search and say we’re not ready, we’re not ready to — for lack of a better term, give up.”

See the full interview, including the three people Biz says you should follow (Jack Dorsey, the Dalai Lama and Darth Vader)

Some great quotes in this interview - “Ten years and a lot of hard work will eventually make you look like an overnight success,” says Biz Stone.

nprhereandnow:

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone on “politely declining” a $500 million offer from Facebook:

“It’s imperative to think abstractly about money. You have to think of it like a resource or a tool, you know, like there’s computing time, there’s money, there are these different things you can use as tools to make things and build things. So let’s abstract it from the fact that I can’t pay off my Visa card right now, you know, like you gotta separate these things and honestly ask ourselves what do we wanna do with our life? And so that’s the way that we had to soul search and say we’re not ready, we’re not ready to — for lack of a better term, give up.”

See the full interview, including the three people Biz says you should follow (Jack Dorsey, the Dalai Lama and Darth Vader)

Some great quotes in this interview - “Ten years and a lot of hard work will eventually make you look like an overnight success,” says Biz Stone.

Friday, March 28, 2014
Firefighters gathered on City Hall Plaza this afternoon to honor the two firefighters who died Wednesday battling a nine-alarm fire in Boston’s Back Bay.
“Lt. Walsh and firefighter Kennedy will be remembered in Boston’s history as men who embodied the highest virtues of this city and this nation,” said Mayor Martin Walsh at the ceremony. (Full story.)
(Photo: Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Firefighters gathered on City Hall Plaza this afternoon to honor the two firefighters who died Wednesday battling a nine-alarm fire in Boston’s Back Bay.

“Lt. Walsh and firefighter Kennedy will be remembered in Boston’s history as men who embodied the highest virtues of this city and this nation,” said Mayor Martin Walsh at the ceremony. (Full story.)

(Photo: Jesse Costa/WBUR)