Mark Shanahan

Mark Shanahan writes a daily column focused on entertainment and pop culture, and longer pieces about folks in the fields of music, movies, literature, and the arts generally. He has been at the Boston Globe since 2003 and before that at the Portland Press Herald, where he was a political reporter and a features writer. He grew in western Mass., where his father was the editor of a local newspaper, and he developed a keen interest in news and storytelling. He attended Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. He is married with two fantastic children, Julia and Beckett.

Latest stories

For Fountains of Wayne singer, a liberating new musical landscape

By , Globe Staff

These days there’s isn’t much Chris Collingwood misses about his hectic former life with the power-pop band famous for “Stacy’s Mom.” The Northampton resident has a stellar new group, Look Park.

David Byrne bringing ‘American Utopia’ to the Colonial for a pre-Broadway run

By , Globe Staff

The former Talking Heads frontman says the show — scheduled for 18 performances in Boston — will be familiar to anyone who saw his tour last year.

Robert Indiana’s estate tries to block artist’s reproductions

By , Globe Staff

An attorney representing the estate of the famed Maine artist has filed notices in court terminating agreements with two longtime associates, preventing them from reproducing works including prints and sculptures of the word “LOVE.”


Publisher David Godine to step down from his namesake publishing house

By , Globe Staff

William N. Thorndike Jr., founder of the private equity investment firm Housatonic Partners and a member of the Godine board, will take over as owner.