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Boston's last congressman?
At the moment, neither the Senate president nor the Speaker of the House lives in the city. And in two years, the unthinkable could become reality: Boston might not have a single congressman residing in its borders.
Musical chairs dept.
DAVID S. BERNSTEIN
| September 02, 2011
Big conservative funders are making a new push at universities
Funders are working through official university channels to underwrite lecture series, conferences and colloquia, and centers geared for the general-interest student, all carrying university imprimatur.
Right turn on campus
DAVID S. BERNSTEIN
| July 15, 2011
Review: Annie Baker's Circle Mirror Transformation, Body Awareness, and The Aliens
Over the river and through the woods from Grover's Corners lies Shirley, VT, Green Mountain stand-in for college-centric Amherst, MA, where playwright Annie Baker grew up.
Local troupes take a road trip to Shirley, VT
| October 29, 2010
I asked the question this way: "Where would you want to be buried?" Not "do," but "would." That is to say if, by chance, you were to die, unlikely as that might be, where would you want to spend all of nonexistence?
Spooky? A bit, but Massachusetts's cemeteries are also the bucolic, final resting places of many great American writers.
| June 18, 2010
Art in the air conditioning
From Picasso to William "Shrek" Steig's cartoons, and surfer photos to a Twilight Zone toy store, New England offers art worth traveling to this summer. Here we round up the best in the region, no matter the weather or your artistic inclinations.
Local museums keep you cool — and the art's pretty good, too
| June 18, 2010
Between the deep-rooted American penchant for individualism and the suffragette and feminist movements, poet Emily Dickinson was bound to enter the literary canon.
The Belle of Amherst is a moving experience
| June 11, 2010
Worcester rock city
When I first saw the gooey-inked hand-screened sleeve of the Golden Girls’ recent Ultimate Freedom EP, not only did I get that stirring, satisfying feeling that it had come straight from unsound minds confined to some DIY basement workshop, I also sor
Boston, you be nice to Dom and Golden Girls
| April 16, 2010
UMass racial-confrontation case may finally come to a close
A racial incident that rocked Western Massachusetts two years ago may finally be laid to rest this week, as a black former UMass Amherst student charged with aggravated assault returns to court, apparently having reached an agreement with the Northwester
Is justice being served?
JEREMY C. FOX
| April 02, 2010
Raven Used Books to nest on Newbury
When some years ago John Petrovato decided to make a career change, he swapped the insecurity of playing bass in a New Jersey–based indie-rock band for the uncertainty of selling used books in Montague, Massachusetts, a mill town on the banks of the Con
| March 19, 2010
Works in progress
Back in October, Minnesota photographer Alec Soth spoke at MassArt. "Facebook: 15 billion uploaded photos," he said. "At its busiest, 550,000 images each second being uploaded. So I've been struggling with that. How do I function as a photographer in th
Photography after Facebook at the PRC, 'Boston Does Boston III' at Proof, and Taro Shinoda at Gardner
| January 15, 2010
Beauty in the beast
"When J switched to guitar [from drums], he wanted to feel that same power. and the only way he could do that was to be, like, super loud. . . ."
Dinosaur Jr. are much happier people now
| October 02, 2009
Play by play: April 3, 2009
Plays around town
Plays A to Z
| April 01, 2009
The convo is already off to a bumpy start with one Lou Barlow of Dinosaur Jr., phoning in from his Los Angeles residence at 10:30 am PST.
Dinosaur Jr. will roam the earth forever
| March 31, 2009
Play by Play: March 27, 2009
A compilation of theater productions in and around Boston
Plays A to Z
| March 24, 2009
SONGS FOR THE DEAF AT AS220, COURTESY OF WITCH
Less weed, more speed
| February 18, 2009
Meet your Massachusetts Governor's Council
In this perilous economy, Governor Deval Patrick is faced with extraordinary economic challenges.
| January 14, 2009
You say what?!
When Professor Ludovic Lazarus Zamenhof created the language called Esperanto in late-19th-century Poland, he envisioned a world unified under a lingua franca.
On American campuses, Esperanto is an extracurricular language
| January 08, 2009
Are universities selling out to oil nations?
As Academia searches for elusive dollars in a downward economy, oil-rich nations are enticing American schools to open satellite campuses in the Gulf.
As their big bucks beckon, Gulf campuses boom
| September 24, 2008
In the weeks leading up to the start of the college tour, I fell into one of my depressions, and with it some strange and disconcerting new sensations presented themselves.
In her new memoir, When I Grow Up , Boston icon Juliana Hatfield comes clean about her depression, and why Wal-Mart would have been blamed for her suicide
| September 17, 2008
Zuzzy’s Cookie Dough
Zuzzy’s Cookie Dough is deadly good. It’s the kind of stuff Willy Wonka would use to stucco the walls of his summer house.
| July 09, 2008
The 11th Annual Muzzle Awards
Freedom of expression may be guaranteed by the Constitution. But it’s an idea we have to fight for every day.
Silencing free speech
| June 25, 2008
| May 30, 2008
Drawing a bead on misery
It’s not uncommon for documentary photographer Karen Sparacio to get phone calls from Uganda at 3 am.
Mission to Uganda
| April 23, 2008
Trying to place it
The stubbornly beautiful New England landscape has inspired poets as varied as Emily Dickinson and Donald Hall.
“New England Survey” at the PRC, American Mobility at Gasp, 18th-Century Porcelain at the Busch-Reisinger, and Viktor Schreckengost in Attleboro
| March 18, 2008
Violence and vegetation in Western Massachusetts
This article originally appeared in the December 12, 1972 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
On the commune
R.D. ROSEN AND MIKE BARON
| January 04, 2008
Oil has been discovered in a Brighton backyard.
Powering the anti – fossil fuel revolution, one fried catfish at a time
| November 07, 2007
It’s been more than a year since Dinosaur Jr. announced they’d be re-forming for the first time since Mascis kicked Barlow out of the band in 1989.
The ongoing saga of Dinosaur Jr.
| October 23, 2007
Thurston Moore, Eddie Vedder, and Kevin Drew don’t play in the kind of rock bands that privilege streamlined sonics over the expression of individual creative wills.
Thurston Moore, Eddie Vedder, and Kevin Drew go solo
| September 25, 2007
Boston music news: August 3, 2007
When Dana Stewart left the Amazing Royal Crowns, he decided that with his next group he wanted “something more authentic.”
Notes on the Racketeers, Dreamers Wanted, and Who Shot Hollywood
| July 30, 2007
George Bernard Shaw liked to call Shakespeare “the other one.”
Dear Liar and The Belle of Amherst in Gloucester
| July 24, 2007
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