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Review: The Horse Boy

Rupert Isaacson and Kristin Neff seem the best of parents and yet they’re worn down by their four-year-old autistic son, Rowan, with his four-hour tantrums, his rejection of toilet training, his inability to answer to his name.
A compelling real-life adventure
By GERALD PEARY  |  November 06, 2009

Stage blogging

The main characters of the play Speech and Debate, three Oregon high school misfits, do a lot of their living among the modern technologies of chat rooms, Google, and personal video blogs.
A chat room sex scandal
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 01, 2009

Like Christmas in the spring

State officials say that Maine stands to receive approximately $900 million via that American Recovery and Reinvestment Act we've heard so much about.
Economic stimulus

Beyond therapy

This is the stoner comedy that might make people take adolescence — and getting stoned — seriously again.
The Wackness looks back in languor
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 09, 2008

BeloJo? Think Cosmo!

A recent Urinal survey of women readers purportedly revealed that what women want from their organ of record is . . . wait for it . . . news (!?!?).
The Other Paper’s Web site wants to emphasize its feminine side
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 02, 2008

Whatchu talkin’ about?

“It’s like going through puberty again.”
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  March 26, 2008


The things we did for love

Your high-school experiences probably fall between middling and unspeakably horrifying on the unofficial scale of shame.
Cry and the world laughs with you
By SHARON STEEL  |  January 30, 2008

Common grounds

“I had to work hard to have characters living in a place where I had never lived,” Jones admitted.
Nalini Jones’s universal portraits
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  September 18, 2007

Screwing the youth

Wole Akinbi was 16 when someone phoned to say his best friend had been shot.
When the budget gets tight, young people become an easy target  
By BRIAN C. JONES  |  August 20, 2007

Reason to be proud

You should be eternally grateful that you have a son who has already learned things that most people with college degrees will never learn.
Dr. Lovemonkey
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  August 16, 2007

Post fashion writer needs to get over Hillary’s chest

I don’t see any articles about which side the male candidates dress on, or how well endowed they may be.
Double standards
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  August 01, 2007


Notes on a tragedy

Seung-Hui Cho got what he wanted: a whole nation is talking about him and his horrific killing spree on the Virginia Tech campus last week.
More than a week after the Virginia Tech massacre, we still have more questions than answers
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 25, 2007

Zealots seem to eliminate homosexuality in the womb

The same gang that for decades has warred against any invasion of the womb in which a developing fetus resides now hopes to put a fetus on a sure road to heterosexuality.
Early orientation
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  April 04, 2007

Skulls and heartthrobs

Gerard Way rose from beneath a white sheet on a prop hospital bed. “I want your body! I want your heart!” a teen screamed.
My Chemical Romance, Verizon Wireless Arena, Manchester, NH, February 22, 2007
By ELLEE DEAN  |  February 23, 2007

Father knows least

Say what you will about not judging a book by its cover, the bill-ringed rubber ducky adorning the jacket of Neal Pollack’s Alternadad leaves little waddle room.
Neal Pollack raises a young ’un
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  January 16, 2007

Why must I be a teenager in love?

Hysterical teenagers don’t edit their journals to make them sound less like life. Neither does Degrassi . A tribute to the couples of Degrassi (YouTube) Teen screams: five other shows that pushed the envelope. By Ryan Stewart
Degrassi and South of Nowhere put the dirt back in teen soaps
By SHARON STEEL  |  October 04, 2006


You don’t know Dick

You’ve got to figure that a guy who makes a film about a performance artist who nails his penis to a board isn’t going to worry about getting a PG rating. Peter Keough interviews Kirby Dick (mp3) Rating the raters: Kirby Dick goes after the MPAA
Kirby on making an unrated film
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 13, 2006

Material Girls

The latest vehicle for Hilary Duff (and poor Haylie, who looks like the drag-queen version of her pretty sister) is an insipid mess not worthy of the tweens who flock to such flicks. Watch the trailer for Material Girls  (QuickTime)
The Duff girls need rich girl lessons from Paris Hilton
By BROOKE HOLGERSON  |  August 23, 2006

Everybody hurts

"I don't usually find myself thinking anything's too fucked up," says Sherman. "I write what I want to."
In short stories about messed-up teenage sex, alcholic parents, and other rebellions of the flesh, author Rachel Sherman rubs fiction readers the right way
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  May 31, 2006

Selling the pharma

Letters to the Boston editor, April 28, 2006
By EDITORIAL  |  April 26, 2006

She's the Man

Amanda Bynes has a pretty dedicated following of tweens, and that’s a good thing for her, since only her most fervent fans will want to sit through this painful retelling of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night .
Stupid, even for teenyboppers
By BROOKE HOLGERSON  |  March 14, 2006