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Fourth-estate follies, 2009 edition

Between the rise of the Web, the ADD-addling of America, the fragmentation of any national political consensus, and the devastated economy, working in the press can feel a bit like manning the Titanic — and this year, the entire industry seemed to te
The Phoenix's second annual year in media malfeasance
By ADAM REILLY  |  December 25, 2009
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Greg Epstein, Atheist Superstar

Once an intellectual taboo, atheism has become one of the great growth industries of the third millennium.
Can Harvard's humanist chaplain save nonbelief from itself?
By ADAM REILLY  |  November 27, 2009
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Soul training

Mayer Hawthorne rose to instant retro-pop acclaim the same way that everyone from Al Green to Michael Jackson moved on up — work and luck.
Suddenly, Mayer Hawthorne is running retro-pop
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 25, 2009
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Gods of rock

SPACE Gallery will be awfully loud Thursday, with the CD release of Sun Gods in Exile's Black Light, White Lines, supported by Ogre and the debut of Murcielago. Last Friday's L'Animaux Tryst showcase and this show are sonic polar opposites on the SPA
Let the Black Light, White Lines wash over you
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 26, 2009
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Good dirt

"Part of the mystery, when you find a love letter that was torn into bits: was it torn up by the person who received it, or did the person that wrote it tear it up before they even gave it to them?"
Davy Rothbart's lost-and-Found
By MIKE MILIARD  |  May 08, 2009
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Bad girls

People tend to make much of what they think of as Mary Gaitskill's fictional realm, a place of sexual transgression, of violence, violation, rape, and sado-masochism, and her female characters, the violated, the used, the users.
Mary Gaitskill carries on
By DANA KLETTER  |  May 01, 2009


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Buyouts shrink the Globe newsroom — but not enough

To state the obvious, this isn't a great time to be out of a job.
First cut
By ADAM REILLY  |  March 25, 2009
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RIP: Ron Asheton (1948?2009)

Death trip
Death trip
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  January 12, 2009
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Feel the music

I personally find it comforting that the current number-one single in the country has a chorus that goes "I'll gas up the jet for you tonight, and baby we can go wherever you like."
We may be the last generation to give tangible tunes for Christmas
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 08, 2008
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The son also sets

Most crime stories involving ex-athletes pushing 50 have the same plot: an end-of-the-line washout case, six weeks behind on his final car payment, and literally fleeing on foot from an army of outraged creditors and/or junk dealers punches out his wife/
Sports Blotter
By MATT TAIBBI  |  October 27, 2008
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Offa my couch, Larroquette

In a video posted to his Web site, former Rolling Stone Ringo Starr has lovingly warned his fans to stop sending him fan mail.  
Foos fight McCain, Madonna pans Palin, Heart hearts Barack
By DAVID THORPE  |  October 24, 2008


Fair game

There is a big difference between games that are consciously edgy or controversial, such as Postal or Super Columbine Massacre, and games that are intended as nothing but exploitive pornography, such as Custer’s Revenge.
Boston Phoenix Letters: May 9, 2008
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  May 07, 2008

Mission completed

This article originally appeared in the January 18, 1983 issue of the Boston Phoenix.

The break-up of Mission of Burma


By DOUG SIMMONS  |  January 17, 2008
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20 to Life: The Life and Times of John Sinclair

John Sinclair was the poster boy for the radicalization of American youth in the ’60s.
MVD
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  October 08, 2007
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Choose your own adventure

This fall, Boston is slated to become the seventh chapter of the youth writing organization founded by Dave Eggers in 2002.
Pencils, books, and peg legs? A new writing center is coming to town, and it’s calling your inner child.  
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  March 15, 2007
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House call

Matthew Dear is the golden child of US techno.
Matt Dear comes spinning to town
By DAVID DAY  |  March 14, 2007


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Prometheus’s fire

One year younger than Dolly Parton, Iggy is an indestructible trouper whose communion with his audience is vulgar, essential, perennial.
Iggy and the Stooges bring it again
By JAMES PARKER  |  March 06, 2007
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Wired for sound

In the hideyholes and squares all around our expansive city, pockets of electronic-music action can be found churning and yearning. Paul Dailey, "Live in Portland" (mp3)
Paul Dailey nationwide; Jimmy Van M at ID
By DAVID DAY  |  December 06, 2006
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Boys club for men

This is one side project that's for real.
Jack White’s Raconteurs roadtrip
By MATT ASHARE  |  September 28, 2006
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Top-cop shopping

It’s been three months since former commissioner Kathleen O’Toole announced she was leaving the Boston Police Department, and only one bit of information has been confirmed: Mayor Thomas Menino isn’t making the mistake of rushing to name her replacement.
Has Menino already decided on the next police commissioner? And if so, why won’t he name him or her till November?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 15, 2006
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Twice in a Lifetime

Since their breakup in 1997, Lifetime have been credited with creating the sound that made Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, and Saves The Day famous. Just don’t call them the Pixies of emo.
The godfathers of Long Island post-hardcore set the record straight
By JULIA KAGANSKIY  |  July 05, 2006


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Menino: Get help!

Tom: take a deep breath. Count to ten. Think serene thoughts.
Why you must get Boston a top cop from the outside world
By DAVID BERNSTEIN  |  May 17, 2006
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Steering off course

We recommend the course taught by the indie filmmaker, the course inspired by a Daily Show regular, and the course considered “experimental.”
Some classes sound like so much fun they might as well be extracurricular
By ELLEE DEAN  |  May 08, 2006