Jonathan Beecher Field


Three Words for Boston

October 17, 2013
Three Words for Boston

I would like to follow in the footsteps of many middle-aged male academics and write an essay about baseball. I would like to depart from the general tone of those essays and focus on three words: “fucking,” “niggers,” and “our.” #1. “Fucking.” As in “This is our fucking city.” On April 20th, 2013, this...
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Back Bay Intersections

April 19, 2013
Back Bay Intersections

One of the few regular parts of Boston topography are the alphabetized streets of the Back Bay. The Back Bay is on made land, made by trucking in fill to turn the marshy and festering banks of the River Charles into buildable land. I wrote a paper on this project for history class in...
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The Work of Grief in the Age of Digital Reproduction

December 23, 2012
The Work of Grief in the Age of Digital Reproduction

My father died in 2006, which is getting to be a long time ago. I am aware of this passage of time because every year, he would make a collection of Christmas music that he would share with dozens – maybe hundreds – of family and friends. Only the last year, the one for...
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