Steve Almond

Why I Love Boston: The Literary Parade

Not long after I moved to Somerville, in the fall of 1997, I saw John Updike and Saul Bellow read nearby within the same week. I can’t begin to explain what this meant to me, a young, neurotic, desperate-not-to-suck writer….

New England's Best Small Towns: Lyndonville, VT

  By Steve Almond What New England town can be called "perfect" when you have a four-months-pregnant wife and a spirited 20-month-old in tow? Lyndonville can. Cradled in the heart of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, it has foliage, hiking, and a…

Sexless in the City

Every semester that I teach a college creative writing class, I come face to face with a new batch of students. I gaze upon them — their soft mouths and their eyes all dewy with the hope of transformation —…

The Worst of Boston

It's that time of year. Boston magazine has once again produced the fat, shiny compendium you now hold in your hands: the Best of Boston (BoB) issue. And, once again, the editors would like you to know how hard they've…

Class Distinctions

Inevitably, when I attend a certain kind of party — namely, the kind at which the tequila luge is not a central activity — I am asked what I do for a living. This is always an awkward situation for…