Jason Schwartz

Hubbub with Jeff Kinney

Respect to Dennis Lehane, but the most popular author in the state just may be Jeff Kinney with his Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. WITH ALL DUE RESPECT to Dennis Lehane, David McCullough, and Anita Diamant, the most popular…

Hubbub with Anne Hawley

THE ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER MUSEUM begins a new era on January 19 with the grand opening of its 70,000-square-foot Renzo Piano–designed wing. It’s the first major change to the Fenway institution since it opened in 1903 — after all, Mrs….

Hubbub with Tom Ashbrook

HIS JOURNALISM CAREER may have taken him across the globe (with a kung fu movie or two along the way), but for the past 10 years Tom Ashbrook has remained firmly in place as the host of WBUR’s nationally syndicated…

The Big Gamble

IT’S A BRIGHT, cloudless mid-September day on Cape Cod. A generation ago, this is the type of day that, if the Mashpee Wampanoag Indian tribe were holding a council meeting and it turned out the herring were running, someone might…

Hubbub with Mindy Kaling

AS A WRITER AND A STAR on the hit comedy The Office, Mindy Kaling is obviously a very funny person. NBC agrees: It just signed the 32-year-old Cambridge native and BB&N grad to a deal that makes her executive producer…

The Road to Camelot

JOSEPH KENNEDY III HAS JUST stepped onto the political launching pad. After leaving his job in the Cape and Islands district attorney’s office, JFK’s great-nephew is now a prosecutor with the Middlesex DA’s office — the starting place for a…

Immodest Proposal: Mike for Hire

WHEN WE LAST SAW Michael Flaherty, he was taking big whacks at Tom Menino in the 2009 mayoral election — and, ultimately, getting whacked himself. Now, after two years on the political sidelines, Flaherty’s gunning for a return to the…

All Lit Up

AROUND HERE, there’s no party quite like a book party. Two years ago the first Boston Book Festival drew about 12,000 lit-heads to Copley Square to interact with their favorite authors. At last year’s event, 25,000 fans packed the area…

Hubbub with Jack Edwards

THE EXCITABLE PLAY-BY-PLAY voice of the Bruins had quite a run during last season’s playoffs: He screamed, “GET UP!” at a Montreal player who’d taken a dive. He cackled at Philadelphia fans. And he delivered a postgame essay somehow tying…

Immodest Proposal: Flat Useless

THERE MAY BE HONEST apartment-rental agents out there, but I sure didn’t meet any of them during my recent search for a new place. These people give used-car salesmen the great relief of not feeling greasy by comparison. I twice…