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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.
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  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
By MATT TAIBBI  |  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
By 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
By JAMES PARKER  |  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
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  June 04, 2010

Power plays

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
By GREG COOK  |  May 21, 2010


After Eden

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
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 12, 2010

Crossword: ''The Future Is Now''

... And they got it wrong.
... And they got it wrong
By MATT JONES  |  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
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  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
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  January 29, 2010
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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
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  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
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 22, 2008

Brideshead reinterpreted

“Excuse me, Mr. Waugh, did you see the new movie version of Brideshead Revisited ?”
The 2008 version goes its own way
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  July 23, 2008

Carrying on

Last year was an important one for the Garifuna musicians of Central America.
Andy Palacio’s gang regroup
By BANNING EYRE  |  April 01, 2008

Evil among us

There’s only one issue of any importance in the current campaign.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  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

By SCOT LEHIGH  |  March 07, 2008


Strange fruit

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
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  March 04, 2008

Hope amid setbacks

On December 8, Immigration and Customs Enforcement carried out another Massachusetts immigration raid.
Migrant workers' rights
By NEELY STEINBERG  |  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
By ADAM REILLY  |  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
By BRIAN DUFF  |  October 31, 2007

Taking tolerance overseas

Hate violence between Catholics and Protestants plagued Northern Ireland for decades.
Stemming hate violence
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  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
By BANNING EYRE  |  July 24, 2007

Reagan gives good speech

This article originally appeared in the February 3, 1987 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
By SPURIOUS  |  February 02, 2007

Changing concentrations

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
By SEETHA NARAYAN  |  January 24, 2007

Fall back

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
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 13, 2006

Hollywood holidaze

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
By JAMES PARKER  |  June 24, 2006


Med noir

It all starts with murder.
The bloody Continental take on an American genre
By DANA KLETTER  |  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?    
By 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
By WAYNE MARSHALL  |  January 19, 2006