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BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on Refill GB—a mission-based shop with a welcoming vibe (and zero plastic!)

Founded three years ago by Berkshire native Jamie McCormack, this charming Great Barrington retail space helps you make better choices for your health and the planet.

‘Tucked Away’ no more

On Independence Day this year, I confess I’m not sure what there is to celebrate about us.

The historical aesthetics of white

For those who have walked the streets of Athens, Rome or Palmyra — sadly destroyed by zealots — the impact of ancient ruins can raise other, more earthy and colorful questions these days.

Wearing face masks during the pandemic

In a letter to the editor, Howard Lisnoff writes, "Perhaps we believe we are invulnerable in a rural area from the worst force of this pandemic, but that is not what experts say, who have studied this disease and where it might continue to spread."

Alan Chartock: I Publius: Uncertain future of newspapers

If they are to stay alive, newspapers will have to meet the needs of the people who read them.

Truth and COVID consequences

When it comes to COVID-19, there is a compelling need to see what might have gone wrong and how we can make the necessary changes in the present and the days to come - learning on the fly, then expeditiously and with expertise, making the most appropriate course corrections.

LEONARD QUART: Embracing a city in purgatory

However, though I am not an optimist by nature, I know once the plague ceases, life in the city will be irreparably changed.

BMC needs ventilators, as Neal assures county that help is on the way from the feds

Neal was eager to talk about the $2 trillion stimulus bill, which includes almost $900 billion to businesses small and large, $560 billion to individuals, almost $440 billion to state and local governments, and more than $153 billion to hospitals and "public health."

LEONARD QUART: Living with the plague

For the moment, I am thinking of how the country will deal with the agony of the present.

A dispatch from lovely Mexico, where officials were slow to react to COVID-19

While cases were adding up at BMC and shelves were being emptied at our local stores, Sayulita had dances on the plaza, populated beaches with margaritas flowing and vacationing tourists doing what they do unimpeded. It had been very difficult to reconcile these two worlds.

PREVIEW: Aretha, ‘Amazing Grace’ at Tanglewood’s Linde Center

It's hard to say why so many people with an affinity for neither the gospel nor gospel music weep when they listen to Aretha sing the gospel classics, but Mick Jagger could probably explain it, because he was present at the 1972 recording session for "Amazing Grace."

BOOK REVIEW: ‘Crime in Progress,’ an attempt to set the record straight, offers other side of story

I found it refreshing that Simpson is honest enough to admit Fusion didn’t appreciate the great stakes involved, and I credit him with acknowledging the integrity of Christopher Steele, a man who’s been unfairly vilified. More than anyone else, he is the hero of this story.

‘No Visible Bruises’ presentation to highlight the prevalence of violence against women

The book is ultimately a manifesto that turns a regressive notion about the causes of domestic violence on its head by illustrating domestic violence as a public health problem with solutions.

LEONARD QUART: On politics and films

I’m struck by how different the very personal and deeply felt Akerman film is from the Golden Globe-winning and Academy Award-nominated “Joker.”

Landing in the Berkshires: Jerry Pinkney

Much has been written about Martin Luther King Jr. and the 1963 March on Washington, but there's little on his legendary speech and how King came to write it.

Alan Chartock: I Publius

One of the most interesting concepts that has been advanced holds that, sooner or later, newspapers will adopt the public radio model and offer memberships in the paper.

Alan Chartock: I Publius. Times’ critic dead wrong about BSO

The attack by the New York newspaper is an insult to all of us who live equidistant from Boston or New York City but who know down to our shoes and socks that nothing in my hometown New York City can kiss our behinds when it comes to our Tanglewood and the best orchestra in the world.
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