How would our literary maps have been altered if David Foster Wallace had gone bar hopping with Fyodor Dostoyevsky? What kind of “Pride and Prejudice” would Jane Austen have penned if her literary mentor had been William S. Burroughs? How would Nathaniel Hawthorne react to “Fifty Shades of Grey?” If you’ve asked yourself questions like these, chances are that you’re kind of weird. Chances also are, however, that you’re predisposed to being into “Dead Authors” this Saturday evening at the Brookline Booksmith.
Two days after the bombings at the Boston Marathon, Boston University students Taylor Mortell and Luca De Gaetano were seated in painting class, their first since BU had resumed classes. But nobody painted that morning. “We naturally formed a circle and were trying to talk about it,” Mortell says. “Everyone was very shaken up by what had happened. Out of this group discussion, Luca and I had expressed that we wanted to do something to help the community heal.”
When you hear the word “major” in conjunction with the words “benefit concert,” what comes to your mind? When we got wind that LiveNation is presenting a major benefit concert for the OneFund, to be held at the TD Garden, at at yet TBA announced date, our brain wheels got to spinning all crazy-like. Hologram Adam Yauch?, we speculated. NKOTBSBOYZ2MEN??
In the aftermath of the attack on the Boston Marathon last Monday many people – both in Boston and across the nation – were left with questions. What can we do to help those affected, we wondered? What can we do to begin to ease the pain and loss caused by an event that we still do not – and may never – understand?
This drive to help – to combat the darkness with light – mobilized business and individuals alike to set up foundations, throw benefit shows and events, and donate what they could to the countless funds for the victims that sprang up in swift response to the visceral call to action the tragedy sent out. One such business is Ctrl Alt Design, a Boston-based creative agency that specializes in graphic design, branding, and experimental marketing. Robert McElaney – Ctrl Alt Design’s creative director, designed an image representing his love for Boston that became the logo for their line of “Boston Love” t-shirts, sold exclusively on their website for a limited time only.