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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
| December 25, 2009
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?
| November 27, 2009
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
| September 25, 2009
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
| June 26, 2009
"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
| May 08, 2009
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
| May 01, 2009
Buyouts shrink the Globe newsroom — but not enough
To state the obvious, this isn't a great time to be out of a job.
| March 25, 2009
RIP: Ron Asheton (1948?2009)
| January 12, 2009
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
| December 08, 2008
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/
| October 27, 2008
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
| October 24, 2008
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
BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS
| May 07, 2008
This article originally appeared in the January 18, 1983 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
The break-up of Mission of Burma
| January 17, 2008
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.
| October 08, 2007
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.
| March 15, 2007
Matthew Dear is the golden child of US techno.
Matt Dear comes spinning to town
| March 14, 2007
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
| March 06, 2007
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
| December 06, 2006
Boys club for men
This is one side project that's for real.
Jack White’s Raconteurs roadtrip
| September 28, 2006
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?
DAVID S. BERNSTEIN
| August 15, 2006
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
| July 05, 2006
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
| May 17, 2006
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
| May 08, 2006
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