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BITS & BYTES: Christine Andreas at Barrington Stage Company; Berkshire Lyric at Tanglewood; Downtown Pittsfield Summer Music Series; Drag Story Hour at The Bookloft;...

Paris to Broadway cabaret, a Masterworks concert, summer music, drag story hour, Pride at The Clark, and a guided bird walk.

A NOVEL: ‘Over the Edge,’ Chapter 8

"Because it’s America, Tommy. Land of the fries, home of the craven. You’ll get to be you for the first time in your life and you’ll have mucho dinero in your pockets."

A NOVEL: ‘Over the Edge,’ Chapter 7

The little bike wound up, down, between trees. This certainly was unusual, but she wasn’t complaining despite the bouncing up and down over the now-nonexistent road.

A NOVEL: ‘Over the Edge,’ Chapter 5

She told him about living with cows in the Midwest, going off to college in the East, trying some hallucinogens, getting into Hinduism for a while and then getting a degree at the Yale School of Management. It just seemed more practical at the time.

A NOVEL: ‘Over the Edge,’ Chapter 4

Her schooling in Switzerland was academic enough. Not only could she walk balancing a book on her head, she read the books she balanced. That was a prerequisite.

A NOVEL: ‘Over the Edge,’ Chapter 3

How can you figure out the truth when everyone is lying, and sometimes they don’t even know they’re lying?

A NOVEL: Over the Edge, Chapter 2

Peter had known this Sergey for many years. They met first in Berlin, became reacquainted in Managua, ran into each other in Zurich and then under orders from Putin, Sergey had him escorted from his apartment under guard to the Moscow airport.

A NOVEL: ‘Over the Edge,’ Chapter 1

The professor entered the Fuel Coffee Shop and joined a short, somewhat rotund, Caucasian man wearing a blue Polo jogging outfit who was sitting at a rear table. They spoke rapidly and softly in a language no one in the coffee shop recognized.

The Edge Is Free To Read.

But Not To Produce.