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One of the purposes of escapist reading is to feed our daydreams.
Three literary fantasies for summer — including a true one
| June 18, 2010
Italian-born director Erik Gandini's damning mess of a documentary purports to reveal that Italy is TV- and celebrity-besotted — which is true but not new.
Silvio Berlusconi may have to work overtime after this
| June 11, 2010
If veteran Italian filmmaker Marco Bellocchio’s wild and woolly version can be believed, before he became the Fascist clown “Il Duce,” Benito Mussolini (Filippo Timi) was a hunk.
History as nightmare
| April 02, 2010
In memory, Federico Fellini's 1973 work, an Oscar winner for Best Foreign Film, stands among his masterpieces. But seen today, Amarcord is something of a disappointment, clever and moving in places, but also sprawling, undisciplined, clumsy in patches,
Fellini's good old days were also the bad old days
| December 18, 2009
I’ve always thought it bizarre that an aggressively conservative, Republican-channeling TV network such as Fox would be so enthusiastic about featuring sex (and other sensationalism), but I guess they know their audience.
Letters to the Boston editor, May 29, 2009
BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS
| May 29, 2009
Five goodies coming out of Cannes
Five films to watch for
| May 29, 2009
Despot for attention
Former vice-president Dick Cheney has taken his torture tour all over the place in the past few weeks, waging an ongoing campaign to defend what the Bush administration called "enhanced interrogation."
Plus, vote for Passoni
| May 15, 2009
Black like him?
Whatever your race — and whatever you think of his résumé, or his politics, or his yen for tax-cheating cabinet nominees — Barack Obama's arrival in the Oval Office is something to celebrate.
Obama is, apparently, our first African-American president. But is that the identity he touted as a candidate?
| February 11, 2009
30 on 30
The Providence Phoenix celebrates 30 years with 30 interviews
30 local luminaries look back on 30 years of the New Paper and the Providence Phoenix
PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF
| October 22, 2008
A tale of two views of America
On a hot summer night, at a gala at Italy’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Italy’s ongoing love affair with America was renewed.
Letter From Italy
MARY ANN SORRENTINO
| September 24, 2008
The Philip K. Dick phenomenon might be petering out.
Philip K. Dick's second Library of America volume
| July 28, 2008
Don't tase me, bro
2007 was the year that viral humor hit critical mass.
The year in would-be catch phrases
| December 21, 2007
Excellent Italian interview
Steve Albini is a pretty nerdy guy.
Steve Albini speaks
| October 23, 2007
Letters to the Portland editor: July 20, 2007
Christopher Gray’s sidely worded dismissal of The Humble Farmer was offensive, elitist, and arrogantly uninformed.
A Humble rant
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
| July 18, 2007
Local government is full of boobs.
Politics and othe mistakes
| February 14, 2007
For Democratic partisans, the pleasure of watching Republicans lose their shirts in last week’s midterm elections was matched only by the joy of watching Republicans admit defeat.
The conservative press grapples with a very bad week
| November 15, 2006
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
| October 31, 2006
When film festivals are programmed as extensions of life, not merely celebrations of cinema, commerce, or hype, everybody wins.
The Boston Jewish Film Festival celebrates life as usual
| October 31, 2006
Whose art is next
Three artists whose reputations resemble Manning's
| September 13, 2006
Critic Langdon Winner once wrote that anyone who attempts to listen to Captain Beefheart’s Trout Mask Replica has two obstacles to overcome: the music and the lyrics. Scott Walker, "Jesse" (RealPlayer)
The impenetrable pop of Scott Walker
| August 09, 2006
Cribs, the despot edition
Home is where the heart is. But if you’re a heartless dictator, home is where the hideous ersatz pagodas, caged leopards, room-size shoe closets, and bizarre bathroom appliances are.
| June 08, 2006
It all starts with murder.
The bloody Continental take on an American genre
| April 27, 2006
War and peace
Since September 11, publishers have been rushing to supply Americans with non-fiction books about the war on terror, the war in Iraq, and anything relating to the upheavals in the Middle East.
Books that travel from the Mecca to Memphis
| January 02, 2006
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