The Bulger Mystique

A four-part investigation of brothers William and James ‘Whitey’ Bulger. One was president of the Massachusetts Senate for 17 years. The other was on the lam for 16 years before being captured.

  1. Senate President: A Mix of Family, Southie, Power

  2. As Two Brothers Begin to Flex Their Muscles, Busing Enters the Picture

  3. Law Enforcement Officials’ Lament About an Elusive Foe: Where Was Whitey?

  4. Image as Dictator, Tales of Revenge Obscure Bulger’s Charm

Ursula K. Le Guin: The Art of Fiction No. 221

“The ‘hard’–science fiction writers dismiss everything except, well, physics, astronomy, and maybe chemistry. Biology, sociology, anthropology—that’s not science to them, that’s soft stuff. They’re not that interested in what human beings do, really. But I am. I draw on the social sciences a great deal. I get a lot of ideas from them, particularly from anthropology. When I create another planet, another world, with a society on it, I try to hint at the complexity of the society I’m creating, instead of just referring to an empire or something like that.”

Loch Ness Memoir

A trip to Scotland and an investigation of enduring belief.

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“I remember reading about the deathbed confession, and how strangely sad it made me, even though I had not, at that point, believed in the monster for years. How much sadder, I wondered, would it make those who still believed in the existence of a monster in Loch Ness?”