25 Famous Granite Staters who never lived
A who’s who of fictional faces
By Alec O’Meara aomeara@hippopress.com

What most of us know about the rest of the world we learned from fiction.

That’s not to say that people don’t understand that their favorite TV show or movie is all make believe, but it’s human nature to believe that the characters that populate these programs are at least partially representative of the world that they live in. There are plenty of people who have never been to New York but feel like they know what a makes a New Yorker a New Yorker. Maybe they picture George Costanza, or Gordon Gekko, or Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City.

People: City in character
By Brian Early bearly@hippopress.com

Jay Atkinson is the author of City in Amber, a historical-fictional story of Lawrence, Mass. Since he was a child growing up in Lawrence, he wanted to write about the city, a place he “loved the way you’d love a broken-down alcoholic uncle who used to be a champion sprinter.” Atkinson teaches writing at Salem State College and plays for the Amoskeag Rugby Club in Manchester.

Theater: Building an audience
By Heidi Masek hmasek@hippopress.com

Generally, the Capitol Center for the Arts sells tickets to returning patrons or people who recognize a show title like Hairspray.

That puts staff in a predicament when they want to bring an unknown performance to the state.

Food: Moroccan in Milford
By Linda A. Odum food@hippopress.com

To serve Moroccan dishes, chef Robert Donovan often gives a little geography lesson to customers who visit Rachida’s Restaurant and Bar in Milford.

Longshots: Mail bag asks about Rice, the Hall and wild-eyed liberals
by Dave Long

With things being calm for a few more days until the Patriots get to Arizona, it’s a good time to hit some neglected topics that have shown up in the mail bag — where we haven’t been for a while.

Techie: Media calls DVD war for Sony
By John “jaQ” Andrews  jandrews@hippopress.com

It’s official: HD DVD has lost the next-generation DVD format war, vanquished by the might of Sony’s Blu-ray.

Or so analysts all over the tech scene are saying. The tide has certainly turned, but projecting the winner now might turn out to be a fool’s errand.

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