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I was a teenage Sandinista
As a freshman philosophy major at the University of Colorado, Deb Olin Unferth fell in love with a junior named George. A pious Evangelical, George felt it was his duty to help his Communist brethren in Central America fight against their capitalist opp
Deb Olin Unferth left college in the '80s to become a Communist Freedom Fighter. It didn't quite work out that way.
| January 28, 2011
Sports Blotter: Dead Duck
The saga of the University of Oregon football team grows sadder and sadder.
Oregon's Masoli finally stalls out; plus, a World Cup ambush, and Florida strikes back
| June 25, 2010
Knowing no shame
The recent rush to adjourn the 2010 General Assembly session on the arbitrary date of June 10 was an affront to the Rhode Island citizenry and a low mark for the state’s politicians.
The disgraceful General Assembly; hail, do-gooders; and a plea for ProHo
PHILLIPE AND JORGE
| June 18, 2010
Oprah, red in tooth and claw
"Of the millions of known species of life on earth, more than 90 percent have no backbone." Well, that explains a few things.
All God's creatures get nailed in Life
| June 18, 2010
Live to be 106
Jenny Sanchez learned many of her magical dishes, including chancho frito and gallo pinto (previously featured here), from a family helper when she was a young girl.
The Nicaraguan secret: tortas de espinaca
| June 04, 2010
Some weeks back, I got to listen to Brown University archæology professor Stephen Houston pronounce the throaty, staccato sounds of Maya hieroglyphs carved across a six-foot-wide limestone panel.
The Maya and the Kennedys at the Peabody Essex
| May 21, 2010
One of the heroines of Stick Fly , a post-doctoral student of etymology, likes to smear honey on the table and then scrutinize the flies that get stuck in it.
Stick Fly at the Huntington; Paradise Lost at the ART; boom at New Rep
| March 12, 2010
Crossword: ''The Future Is Now''
... And they got it wrong.
... And they got it wrong
| March 05, 2010
The first clue to a fake restaurant is a phony name. Conga's isn't owned by an Afro-Cuban dance rhythm, and doesn't serve drums. Instead, it has a Spanish and South American menu cooked by Central Americans for Thai owners whose previous Japanese restaur
Faking it, just not quite making it
| February 26, 2010
Department of conjecture
The Haiti disaster will not serve to turn a state from toss-up to safely Republican as the George W. Bush Administration's calculated response to Hurricane Katrina did in Louisiana.
Letters to the Portland Editor, January 29, 2010
PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS
| January 29, 2010
Finding a way
If it weren't for Nicaragua, Jenny Sanchez and her favorite dish, gallo pinto, wouldn't be here. She's a 75-year-old grandmother. She's short, has wavy dark hair, black eyes. She leans over slightly even when she's standing upright and has a stiff, bel
Making Nicaraguan gallo pinto
| July 03, 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
“Excuse me, Mr. Waugh, did you see the new movie version of Brideshead Revisited ?”
The 2008 version goes its own way
| July 23, 2008
Last year was an important one for the Garifuna musicians of Central America.
Andy Palacio’s gang regroup
| April 01, 2008
Evil among us
There’s only one issue of any importance in the current campaign.
Politics and other mistakes
| March 12, 2008
Jackson's sweet dream
This article originally appeared in the March 4, 1988 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
Jesse Jackson's 1988 presidential campaign
| March 07, 2008
Consider the banana: that ambassador of potassium, patron saint of portable snacks, fundamental unit of slapstick, euphemiser of dementia.
Peter Chapman examines the rise of the banana
| March 04, 2008
Hope amid setbacks
On December 8, Immigration and Customs Enforcement carried out another Massachusetts immigration raid.
Migrant workers' rights
| January 03, 2008
Temporarily north of the border
Add another name to the list of Phoenix alums (Mark Leibovich, Dave Crowley, Seth Gitell, Dan Kennedy) writing on the 2008 presidential race.
Al Giordano plays the Field
| December 19, 2007
A family affair
Sigmund Freud believed it was a family meal that inspired the ideas and anxieties behind human civilization.
La Familia’s Central American comfort food
| October 31, 2007
Taking tolerance overseas
Hate violence between Catholics and Protestants plagued Northern Ireland for decades.
Stemming hate violence
| August 15, 2007
Party and prayer
For Palacio, the road from a rural Garifuna childhood to the recording studio was not an easy one.
Andy Palacio rescues the sound of the Garifuna
| July 24, 2007
Reagan gives good speech
This article originally appeared in the February 3, 1987 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
| February 02, 2007
Thomas Friedman from the New York Times writes that “the world is flat.” Are you too old for school?: Even at age 30, your brain is different from the average student’s. By Samantha Henig
As the world shrinks, schools expand their majors and programs
| January 24, 2007
If you cannot remember the past, so Santayana said, you’re condemned to repeat it. Watch trailers for this fall's new releases.
This season, Hollywood lives in the past
| September 13, 2006
Punk rock had jetpacked the Minutemen into a synæsthetic sound world where ideas had the same value as chords, where Reagan’s policy in Central America could be related directly to the setting of your amp.
The Minutemen and the LA they endured
| June 24, 2006
It all starts with murder.
The bloody Continental take on an American genre
| April 27, 2006
Police on my back
Phillipe & Jorge hear unconfirmed reports that a taxi driver, in one of those Mideast countries run by hirsute sons of the dessert, was charged with being a terrorist, or infidel, or simply just a fan of oldies, for playing the Clash’s “Rock the Cas
Since when do you get busted for playing a Clash tune?
PHILLIPE & JORGE
| April 27, 2006
The rise of reggaeton
That beat you’ve been hearing — the steady boom-ch-boom-chick rattling the trunks of passing cars and moving masses in the club — isn’t just another fleeting hip-hop trend.
From Daddy Yankee to Tego Calderón, and beyond
| January 19, 2006
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