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Balls of fire

For one month every four years, the United States — try as it might — can’t impose its vacuous culture on the rest of the planet. The World Cup arrives and the Americans are, at best, an afterthought.
Porn stars, witch doctors, elephant farts, and the worst soccer team on the planet take center stage at this summer’s World Cup
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Idealist views

The path through my various responsibilities has led me to the Portland Museum several times in recent weeks, and along most of the floors. While passing through the Julia Margaret Cameron exhibit of photography I was struck by thoughts about templates
Three shows at the PMA explore truth
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  August 28, 2009

Interview: P.J. O'Rourke

"Bringing government in to run the car companies is like saying, 'Dad burned dinner, let's get the dog to cook.' "
Taking a spin: Driving like Crazy  is travel writing in the classic tradition of Robert Byron.
By PETER KADZIS  |  June 19, 2009

Pilgrims’ progress

India, 1838. The opium business is booming, and drug money fills the British Empire’s coffers, offsetting a trade imbalance created by imports of Chinese tea and silk. But now the emperor wants the drug trade stopped.  
Amitav Ghosh's Sea of Poppies
By CHRIS WANGLER  |  October 08, 2008

Debashish Bhattacharya

The maverick stylist plays a variety of slide-guitar variants here, in musical styles reflecting his experiences in the culturally rich Calcutta milieu.
Calcutta Chronicles: Indian Slide Guitar Odyssey
By BANNING EYRE  |  April 01, 2008

Separate ways

Separation is the myth and the reality of Ritwik Ghatak’s cinema.
Ritwik Ghatak at the Harvard Film Archive
By CHRIS FUJIWARA  |  February 20, 2008


Angels in America

The publication this month of the selected correspondence of Mother Teresa has revealed that, for many years, the Saint of Calcutta entertained significant doubts about the existence of God.
If the world’s saintliest woman can have doubts about God, surely the world’s most cynical man can also question his non-belief?
By JAMES PARKER  |  September 19, 2007


This article originally appeared in the June 1, 1971 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
Of festivities
By DEAC ROSSELL  |  November 14, 2006

Hugs and jugs

It’s not just red-state cities that genuflect to films avowing spirituality.
Darshan at the MFA; Fanfan at the Coolidge
By GERALD PEARY  |  August 17, 2006

Home on the range

This is one of those revisionist Westerns. Her subjects reflect what her father, Pulitzer-winning journalist John McPhee, has called her “constant search for the dividing lines between altered and unaltered worlds.”
Laura McPhee’s deadpan take on nature  
By GREG COOK  |  June 07, 2006

Private Idaho

Photographer Laura McPhee is not afraid to embark on BIG projects, pursuing lines of inquiry that involve miles of travel, take years to realize, and result in great BIG photos.
Laura McPhee at the MFA, Ann Carlson at Radcliffe, and ‘Art House’ in JP
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  May 03, 2006