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Beyond belief

One of the purposes of escapist reading is to feed our daydreams.
Three literary fantasies for summer — including a true one
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  June 18, 2010
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Review: Videocracy

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
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  June 11, 2010
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Review: Vincere

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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 02, 2010
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Review: Amarcord

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
By GERALD PEARY  |  December 18, 2009

Mixed messages

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
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  May 29, 2009
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Cannes job

Five goodies coming out of Cannes
Five films to watch for
By LISA NESSELSON  |  May 29, 2009


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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
By EDITORIAL  |  May 15, 2009
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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?
By ADAM REILLY  |  February 11, 2009
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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
By 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
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  September 24, 2008
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Tricky Dick

The Philip K. Dick phenomenon might be petering out.
Philip K. Dick's second Library of America volume
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 28, 2008


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Don't tase me, bro

2007 was the year that viral humor hit critical mass.
The year in would-be catch phrases
By JAMES PARKER  |  December 21, 2007
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Excellent Italian interview

Steve Albini is a pretty nerdy guy.
Steve Albini speaks
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  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
By LETTERS TO THE EDITOR  |  July 18, 2007

Local jokers

Local government is full of boobs.
Politics and othe mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  February 14, 2007
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Blame game

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
By ADAM REILLY  |  November 15, 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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Eternal returns

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
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  October 31, 2006

Whose art is next


Three artists whose reputations resemble Manning's
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  September 13, 2006
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Hard target

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
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  August 09, 2006
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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.
Dictator style  
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 08, 2006


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Med noir

It all starts with murder.
The bloody Continental take on an American genre
By DANA KLETTER  |  April 27, 2006
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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
By JOHN FREEMAN  |  January 02, 2006