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How Atlas Shrugged links Canadian prog-rock and our terrifying veep hopeful

If, god forbid, Paul Ryan were to get elected vice president, we might have our first executive-branch hard-rock fan, which is somewhat in line with rock culture's slow shift from radical to conservative.
Ryan, Rush, & Rand
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 19, 2012

Ryan channels Rand; farewell, Johnny Pesky; Tom don’t know Jack

So, what to make of Mitt Romney's selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate?
The race is on!
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 17, 2012
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Review: Atlas Shrugged

Actor Paul Johansson, in his directorial debut, sets his adaptation of Ayn Rand's 1957 novel — now a Libertarian sacred text — in a near-future (2016) plagued by socialism.
Not all books should be made into movies
By TOM MEEK  |  April 15, 2011

Vegan venom

I honestly can’t believe you think that vegan comfort food would focus onto vegetables.
Letters to the Boston editor, September 10, 2010
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  September 10, 2010
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Right Click

Back in February 2007, a few months after a political neophyte named Deval Patrick cruised to victory in the Massachusetts governor's race with help from a political blog named Blue Mass Group (BMG) — which whipped up pro-Patrick sentiment while aggressi
While conservatives have ruled radio, liberals have dominated the net. But as the rise of Red Mass Group demonstrates, the left's Web supremacy is hardly a sure thing.
By ADAM REILLY  |  February 19, 2010
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Mad Men on Mass Ave

We have many long, painful, Mad Men– less months stretching ahead of us, as we wait for the show to return to AMC and shower us with more broken marriages, snappy quips, jaw-dropping revelations, and (hopefully) amputated limbs.
How to make your carpets match the Drapers
By SHAULA CLARK  |  December 11, 2009


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Christmas present

Christmases come and Christmases go, as psychedelic wrapping paper gives way to orderly Republican stripes, as sweet little Jimmy grows into gruff Uncle James.
Trinity Rep’s Carol delivers the gift of joy
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 04, 2009

Poly in practice

FIELD NOTES
FIELD NOTES
By YOUR SECRET ADMIRER  |  April 01, 2009
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Please, just leave

The next four to eight years are gonna be some fun!
Right-wing crackpots plot to abandon the union
By MIKE MILIARD  |  March 18, 2009
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Facebook phobia

It’s safe to say that Facebook is now an omniscient, all-powerful tool that, in some way, traffics in dirt on nearly everyone you know.
Thought high school was bad? Social-networking sites jack up Web-era insecurities
By SHARON STEEL  |  July 16, 2008
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Ogre Ferreus

This is the album Ogre have been meaning to make all along.
The proto-man comes home on Plague of the Planet
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 19, 2008


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A whole new rush

You are obviously not a brilliant musician who appreciates the grand gifts that Rush displays.
Dr. Lovemonkey
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  February 28, 2008
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Democratic pig pile

Oh, are the other Democratic candidates “piling on” poor little Hillary Clinton?  
Hillary’s victimization rap is Clintonian politics at its best and worst
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 07, 2007

Crossword: ''C'mon, Get Happy''


Less theme, more words.
By MATT JONES  |  October 31, 2007
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Impossible dream

It wasn’t impossible to build Rapture at the bottom of the ocean, Andrew Ryan would say of his creation. It was impossible to build it anywhere else.
BioShock  plumbs uncharted depths
By MITCH KRPATA  |  August 28, 2007
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Dead white females

Can you remember the last time you curled up under the covers with Marcel Proust’s I n Search of Lost Time ?
From Fall Out Boy to One Night in Paris , modern pop culture is what it is today thanks to 10 long-expired ladies
By SHARON STEEL  |  August 08, 2007


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Voices carry

This is the Age of Information, so of course we’re all ignorant.
Gamm’s insightful Radio Free Emerson
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 23, 2007

The A list

Overall, a great list; impossible to do and make everyone happy.
Letters to the Boston editor: November 10, 2006
By PHOENIX LETTERS  |  November 14, 2006
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Fascist dreams

Leslie Epstein opens his panoramic new novel with a cast of thousands assembled to watch the conquered Ethiopians paraded through Rome.
Leslie Epstein’s grand — and comic — opera
By DANA KLETTER  |  October 31, 2006
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Novel escapes

A certain soul-crushing scene from The Fountainhead makes its way into my brain about this time every year.
Traveling without a passport
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  June 20, 2006