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Slideshow: A year of ''Meet the Mayor''
Before I had the foggiest idea that Foursquare existed, our esteemed managing editor pitched me the idea of interviewing mayors. Following a deeply confusing 20-minute-or-so conversation, I started to understand that she wasn't asking me to interview Me
Term limits? Those are for losers. Here are the 12 Foursquare mayors who hung onto their turf
| September 24, 2011
Photos: PBR Skateboard Pub Crawl
The Pabst Blue Ribbon skateboard pub crawl takes to the streets of Boston on August 13, 2011.
From Cambridge to Downtown Crossing | August 13, 2011
| August 19, 2011
Skate of the union
The malt angels from Pabst Blue Ribbon were on hand to fuel us up, and to hook up sweat bands that, incidentally, would come in handy to absorb the blood.
| August 19, 2011
Will Kindles kill libraries?
This week, OverDrive itself will host its own conference to help libraries deal with a massive onslaught of patrons clamoring to check out books on their Kindles. Can embattled public institutions handle such a drastic change?
In this corner: libraries struggling to bring in patrons. In the other: Kindles looking to expand their market. Will it be a bloodbath, or can they hug it out?
| July 29, 2011
Authors talking: Spring readings in Boston
America’s best young novelist, Britain’s most popular mystery writer, a bearded indie rocker, and a dead master populate this spring’s mandatory literary events.
| March 18, 2011
Boston Book Fest 2010 Podcast: "Crimes and Misdemeanors" with Joan Parker, Andrew Gross, Raffi Yessayan, Hallie Ephron, and David Boeri
As promised, the Boston Phoenix will be podcasting every panel from this year's second annual BOSTON BOOK FESTIVAL, yet another smashing success last weekend. (Don't...
| October 20, 2010
Hit the Books
The Boston Book Festival happens this Saturday, October 16, from 10 am to 9 pm at various locations in Copley Square.
Thirty-three reasons you can't miss this year's Boston Books Festival
| October 15, 2010
Fall Books Preview: Getting booked
Two Sedarises, two New Yorker favorites, and a famous neurologist are among the highlights of this fall’s book events.
Readings, festivals, and other seasonal literary events
| September 17, 2010
This month, Jonathan Franzen became the first living American novelist in 10 years to make the cover of Time . His Freedom — out this Tuesday, and his first novel since 2001's National Book Award–winning best seller, The Corrections — has been anoin
Jonathan Franzen and the Great American Novel
| August 27, 2010
HOT BEANTOWN SPOTTINGS: Celebrities
Whether it's the new tax incentives for filming, Boston's photogenic urban landscape, or just an excuse to slurp real clam chowder (now there's one competition...
| July 26, 2010
9 Boston scenes to look out for in "Knight and Day"
Crazy car-flip stunt scene caught on security camera. (Read our "Knight & Day" review here)Who's going to be running out to see Knight & Day...
| June 25, 2010
John Waters gets up close and personal
John Waters gets up close and personal
| June 04, 2010
Inside Boston’s political back rooms, there is a growing suspicion that Mayor Thomas Menino is sitting on millions of dollars — tens of millions, maybe as much as $400 million — that could be used to save vital city services, such as, among many examples
The mayor cuts services, but sits on a stash of cash.
DAVID S. BERNSTEIN
| May 14, 2010
In an attempt to save four Boston Public Library branches that are slated to close due to budget shortfalls, some state legislators from Boston have threatened to block all state funding the library receives if it shutters any of its 26 branches.
Plus, Arizona declares war on immigrants
| April 30, 2010
Pardon the interruption
Maybe it was when saxophonist Kelly Roberge, instrument in hand, leapt off the Cambridge YMCA Theatre stage in the middle of a performance by the Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra and fled the auditorium — as if in extreme gastro-intestinal distress.
Quartet of Happiness, Jerry Leake, and Jazz Week
| April 23, 2010
Atul Gawande: Will Obamacare bankrupt Boston's Children's Hospital?
Our fanboyism on ATUL GAWANDE is well-established: we think he should be surgeon general. Brilliant medical writer. Brilliant medical thinker. One of the very few...
| April 02, 2010
PODCAST: The Great Poe Debate [MP3]
Happy 201st birthday, EAP.Considering that the man was the original architect of the detective story -- that'd be The Murders in the Rue Morgue --...
| January 21, 2010
George Saunders + Ha Jin
"Creative writing" superstar (and MacArthur award "genius") George Saunders - he of the many elegant, hilarious, disturbing Vonnegut-esque short stories and essays - joins forces...
| January 13, 2010
One-of-a-kind lamp or super-sized tote?
Given that we are always diligent about fulfilling our New Year's resolutions, the next 12 months will surely see us whittling down our weights with...
| January 11, 2010
Battle of the Bulger
Earlier this fall, with almost no fanfare, Beverly-based Commonwealth Editions published a new biography of Boston's archetypal politician — James Michael Curley: A Short Biography with Personal Reminiscences — written by former Massachusetts Senate pr
Former Mass. Sen. Pres. William Bulger defends James Michael Curley's legacy — and his own
| December 18, 2009
The Great Poe Debate
Quoth the city, "Evermore." The Boston Public Library is reclaiming one of its most famous and influential native sons for good, in the new exhibition...
| December 08, 2009
PODCAST: David Gergen, Lani Guinier, Jack Beatty, and Michael E. Porter on Obama's First Year
A year ago tomorrow we woke up and elected the first-ever black President. A couple of weeks ago at the Boston Book Festival, a panel...
| November 03, 2009
PODCAST: Dennis Lehane on Boston Noir (from 2009 Boston Book Festival)
Photo by Boston Book Festival via FlickrIt was hard not to feel cheerleaderish during Saturday's inaugural BOSTON BOOK FESTIVAL, which crammed 90 authors into 40...
| October 27, 2009
When I was growing up in Roslindale a few decades back — among tribes of ignorant, second-generation immigrant kids whose favorite words began with “f” and “n” and who liked to torture small animals and beat up small children before they moved on to thei
The city’s gritty, criminal underbelly has redefined the dark, artistic vision known as Boston noir
| October 23, 2009
Boston Book Festival 2009
This is already an uncommonly literate week without the unmissable Boston Book Festival. For eight hours, 90 authors will be in the Copley Square area...
| October 20, 2009
2009 Massachusetts Poetry Festival
This weekend, the second annual Massachusetts Poetry Festival (www.masspoetry.org) will offer four days of readings, workshops, and celebrations. The shindig is based in Lowell, but...
| October 14, 2009
Interview: Colin Beavan
"In my twenties, I was really concerned with global warming. In my thirties, I was really focused on being a writer."
It's not easy going green
| October 02, 2009
Velvet Goldmine at the BPL
Now that we’ve gotten the 40th anniversary of Woodstock out of our system, maybe we need to brace ourselves for a celebration of the glam-rock...
| August 26, 2009
Ibero-American Film Festival 2009
For the past decade, some of the best films and filmmakers have sprung up from Latin America and the Iberian peninsula, Enter the Ibero-American Film...
| August 05, 2009
Museum pieces and other pieces
It's Jazz Week time again — that time when the Boston jazz community looks to expand its minority-appeal music to a larger public.
Jazz Week returns, the Jazz Hall of Fame inducts, Ron Gill says bye
| April 24, 2009
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