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Book bag for the dog days

Planning to be lazy and let it all go this summer? Sorry, there are too many good books to read. From Allegra Goodman's The Cookbook Collector to Richard Rhodes's The Twilight of the Bombs and Jean Valentine's Break the Glass , you'll find tomes gal
Load up your Goodman, Gordimer, Franzen, Moody, and more
By BARBARA HOFFERT  |  June 18, 2010
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Swine fever: An evening with Hunter S. Thompson

Only Hunter S. Thompson could come up with a line like that; no one else had his knack for the near-Biblical proverb. Few writers outside of Madison Avenue or the New Testament can sum up a zeitgeist so cannily in a phrase.
Buy the ticket, take the ride
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 27, 2009
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I is another

Lothar Berfelde was born both a generation too late and a generation too early, growing up as he did in Berlin when the Nazis were coming to power in the '30s.
Ed Shea’s tour de force in 2nd Story’s Wife
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 09, 2009
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Love bug

At the 2003 Venice Biennale, Damián Ortega presented what has become his signature sculpture, Cosmic Thing . He dissected a 1989 Volkswagen Beetle and suspended the individual parts in mid air so that they resemble a 3-D assembly diagram.
Damián Ortega rides into the ICA
By GREG COOK  |  September 25, 2009
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Market Messiah(1)

Many Americans feel as if they'd been living helplessly amid the handiwork of extraterrestrials, as if a spaceship had suddenly blown in and zapped the landscape with suburban sprawl while sucking up middle-class wages in exchange for low-paid service w
How Sam Walton changed America
By CATHERINE TUMBER  |  July 10, 2009
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David Bowie | Storytellers

Bowie was particularly relaxed and reflective when he took his star turn on VH1's Storytellers program 10 years ago next month.
Virgin (2009)
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  July 10, 2009


Our digital landscape

The 2009 Boston Cyberarts Fest
The 2009 Boston Cyberarts Fest
By GREG COOK  |  May 01, 2009
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Our digital landscape

The installation Children of Arcadia convinced me that the 2009 Boston Cyberarts Festival isn’t going to suck.
The 2009 Boston Cyberarts Fest
By GREG COOK  |  May 01, 2009
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Virtual Berlin — in Two Parts

When the Berlin Wall fell, in 1989, it fell quickly. Joyful Berliners reduced most of the structure to rubble within months, and 20 years later, little evidence remains.
Wall Eyed
By KARA HADGE  |  April 17, 2009
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Keepin' it real . . . sort of

The 2009 Boston Cyberarts Festival (April 24–May 10) includes a handful of shows that focus on computer-simulated environments, both real and imaginary.
Virtual reality at the Boston Cyberarts Festival
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  April 17, 2009
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Review: Virtual JFK: Vietnam If Kennedy Had Lived

There's not much "virtual" in Kosi Masutani's thoughtful if artless documentary about the JFK administration — which is to its credit.
What would JFK do?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 10, 2009


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Super Sonik

When Cambridge native Caleb Neelon talks about how he got hooked on graffiti, he often recounts a trip he took to Germany with his mom in 1990.  
Graffitist Caleb Neelon is a street survivor
By GREG COOK  |  February 18, 2009

Fretrosexuals

Some people really enjoy the potential of reconnecting with folks from the past, and I'm usually one of them.
Reconnecting can be fraught with peril
By JEFF INGLIS  |  January 21, 2009

First-rate fare

Providence used to be a more interesting theater town back before its off-Trinity mainstays, 2nd Story Theatre and the Gamm, moved up and over to Pawtucket and Warren, respectively.
The Brown/Trinity Rep Consortium
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 10, 2008
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Sympathy for the Devil

Stoppard's Rock 'n' Roll at the Huntington; McPherson's The Seafarer at SpeakEasy
Stoppard's Rock 'n' Roll at the Huntington; McPherson's The Seafarer at SpeakEasy
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 18, 2008
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Control freaks

Back in the ’60s, those crafty cranks Mel Brooks and Buck Henry spun the red-scare spook biz into a sit-com full of wit and absurdity featuring rival agencies KAOS and Control.
Get Smart dumbs down
By TOM MEEK  |  June 17, 2008


Building better bodyguards

This article originally ran in the May 2, 1978 issue of the Boston Phoenix .

Inside a Connecticutt "anti-terrorist driving school"


By MICHAEL MATZA  |  May 01, 2008
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Obama outside the Boom

A year ago, when I saw Obama speak on the Durham campus of the University of New Hampshire, he did not sound the way he does now.
The first political leader of my generation acts nothing like the rest of us — which might be how he’s gotten where he is
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 05, 2008
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Highway robbery

Not long ago, the path by which the recent Justice Department scandal traveled from tidbit to tsunami would have been seen as an exotic trip through an unknown land.

Is Internet populism destined for corporate ruin?


By DAN KENNEDY  |  October 04, 2007
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Wall jumpers

In the center section of Frederick Taylor’s book about the Berlin Wall, there’s a November 1989 photograph of rows of Berliners straddling the high cement barrier.
Frederick Taylor’s Berlin story
By ELLEE DEAN  |  June 19, 2007
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The good Germans

It’s 1984. The Ruling Party monitors its citizenship, its minute observations allowing the “others” to be categorized –– and persecuted. Watch the trailer for The Lives of Others (YouTube)
Breaking through to The Lives of Others
By BRETT MICHEL  |  February 14, 2007


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Flights of angels

In Wim Wenders’s iconic 1987 film Wings of Desire , the Berlin Wall is a character. In Ola Mafaalani’s theatricalization of the work for Toneelgroep Amsterdam and the American Repertory Theatre, the Fourth Wall is.
Wings of Desire takes the stage
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 05, 2006

Nevermind the Bollocks

This article originally appeared in the January 17, 1978 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
The Sex Pistols arrive
By KIT RACHLIS  |  November 14, 2006
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Club Marivaux

When Pierre Marivaux’s play Island of Slaves was presented at Versailles in 1725, Louis XV and his retinue were not amused, and it’s no wonder.
ART docks at Island of Slaves  
By IRIS FANGER  |  May 10, 2006